In addition to Heppner, the lineup for the concert includes soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, baritone Gerald Finley, and baritone Brett Polegato. General director Richard Bradshaw will direct.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $150 and $250. Fans can also watch a free simulcast on a large screen outside the theater in Nathan Phillips Square.
The 2,000-seat, C$181 million Four Seasons Centre, designed by Jack Diamond, will be Canada's first theater built expressly for opera. Its opening will be celebrated with an official ribbon-cutting on June 11, the gala on June 14, concerts on June 16 and 17, and open houses for major donors (June 3-4), subscribers (June 17-18), students (June 23), and the public (June 24-25). The Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada will move in this fall.
The COC also announced this week that it had received a C$5 million donation for the Four Seasons Centre from Henry N. R. Jackman, the former lieutenant governor of Ontario. The company has now raised C$156 million for the construction of the building.