Renowned Canadian tenor Ben Heppner will expand CBC Radio 2’s operatic range in September with a new program to follow Saturday Afternoon at the Opera.

Backstage with Ben Heppner, an hour-long weekly show, will launch on September 7, 2013 at 4 p.m. (5:00 AT, 5:30 NT), immediately following Saturday Afternoon at the Opera on CBC Radio 2.  The show will also air on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. (10:30 NT).

Heppner will feature both Canadian and international classical music, including opera as well as orchestral favourites. He will also share personal stories from his decades-long career that has taken him to stages and theatres around the world.

"This is an incredibly exciting journey for me," says Heppner, who described his vision for the new program.

"It's all about music and stories, and my idea is to be telling [stories] about my life as an opera singer when I'm out on the road, and also I think I want to let people know what's behind the curtains - so a little bit backstage."

Heppner was previously announced as the host of Saturday Afternoon at the Opera in July.

In January, he returned to one of his most famous roles - Tristan in Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde -  for Toronto's Canadian Opera Company. It was his first appearance on with the COC in 17 years.

Heppner was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 1999. His rank was elevated to Officer in 2000, then Companion of the Order of Canada in 2008.