Richard Wagner; Claude Heater; Christa Ludwig; Birgit Nilsson; Peter Schreier; Martti Talvela; Wolfgang Windgassen
- Western classical music
Claude Heater (born October 25, 1927), is an American opera singer and writer on religion. He began his career as a concert baritone in the United States in 1954. He then sang as a baritone with opera houses in Europe from 1956 to 1961. He retrained his voice as a tenor, and from 1964 on had great success in the dramatic tenor repertoire at major theatres internationally. After retiring from the stage in the 1970s, he devoted his time to the study of religion. He is also known for portraying the role of Jesus (uncredited in the titles) in the 1959 film classic Ben-Hur.