American Operatic Tenor
Est. 1962, Arlington, VA

Carl Tanner


Mr. Tanner left no doubt about his prowess, singing with a firm, generously sized voice and producing clarion top notes...

-The New York Times

American operatic Tenor Carl Tanner has established an international performance career and appears regularly at the world's most prestigious opera houses including Teatro alla Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, Washington National Opera, the New National Theatre of Tokyo, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Real de Madrid, and Liceu de Barcelona, among others.

His repertory includes the title roles in Otello and Andrea Chénier, Radames in Aida, Manrico in Il trovatore, Pollione in Norma, Don José in Carmen, Canio in I Pagliacci, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Calaf in Turandot, Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West, Cavaradossi in Tosca, and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.

The 2016/17 season will see Carl in the title role of Verdi's Otello with Opera Hong Kong and as Radamès in Verdi's Aida with L'Opéra de Massy. He will also appear in concert with the Dallas Symphpny Orchestra. Future seasons include performances with Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, Opera Colorado, and the Liceu de Barcelona.

His recently re-released Christmas CD Hear the Angel Voices is available for purchase and digital download through all major music sources.

The Buzz

"...Has the grandstanding vocal resources to be superbly heroic and tragic...Tanner was in total command"
-Classical Source

"Carl Tanner gave his all to portraying a Calàf of uncompromising integrity and romantic magnetism"
-Voix des Arts

"Carl Tanner’s heroic, ringing quality well serves the role of Samson"
-The Stage

"Tenor Carl Tanner was a brilliant, heroic Radamès"
-Charles T. Downey, Ion Arts

"Much has been made of the fact that Carl Tanner (Wolf Trap Class of 1983), who sang Radames, is a former truck driver and bounty hunter from Northern Virginia; a movie is even in the works about his life. He’s also an honest, straightforward singer: If his performance as Radames tended more toward bluster than finesse, it came straight from the heart, resounding tones and all, and took on a kind of crude grace as it progressed."
-Anne Midgette, The Washington Post

"Clarion-voiced tenor Carl Tanner, thrillingly raw and vibrant as the doomed proles in Tabarro"
-Rupert Christiansan, The Telegraph

"But the outstanding discovery was Carl Tanner who, as the card-fixated Hermann, detonated each high note with bright, daring accuracy and delivered this maniacal role with exactly the right reedy, nasal Russian-style tone and lumbering physicality. (How to pay a man a compliment.) By virtue of the ingenious patronage system of Grange Park, you can sponsor a singer or even, up to a point, his body parts – starting at £1,500. Tanner is divided into three sponsorable parts: head, torso and legs. As Salome might have said, bags I the head."
-Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian

Carl Tanner

Upcoming in 2016/17

Arizona Musicfest
February 26, 2017

Pagliacci in concert
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Further schedule announcements are forthcoming.
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2016/17 Recent Performances

Opera Hong Kong
October 14 & 16, 2016

Title role in Verdi's Otello
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Opéra de Massy
November 4 & 6, 2016

Radamès in Verdi's Aida
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Dallas Symphony
November 25, 26 & 27, 2016

An evening of Verdi and Puccini. Roberto Abbado conducts.
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A Candlelight Christmas
Washington Chorus
December 11, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26 & 27, 2016

Carl appears as a guest soloist for A Candlelight Christmas with the Washington Chorus at the Kennedy Center concert hall
in a program featuring brass, organ, sing-alongs, and the resplendent Candlelight Processional.
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Various Christmas Concerts
December 2016

Tanner performs classic carols and hymns from his Christmas CD Hear the Angel Voices.
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