Tenor Ben Heppner Cancels U.S. Tour
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NEW YORK (AP) _ Canadian heldentenor Ben Heppner canceled his U.S. tour because of laryngitis.
The cancellation came at the recommendation of his doctor and vocal coach, according to Carnegie Hall, where he was scheduled to sing Feb. 11. The announcement was made Thursday.
He had to stop during a recital in Toronto on Jan. 17, and canceled performances in Vancouver, British Columbia; Edmonton, Alberta; Seattle; Chicago; Kansas City, Mo.; Washington; Boston; and New York.
Heppner, 46, the most successful Wagner tenor in a generation, had vocal difficulties in December during performances of ``Die Meistersinger von Nuremberg″ at the Metropolitan Opera, cracking notes several times as he sang Walther. Three of the performances were recorded on video for future broadcast by PBS.