American Operatic Tenor

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.

Carl's 2019/20 season includes performances with North Carolina Opera, the Pacific Symphony and the Pittsburgh Festival Opera. Future seasons will see him with Toldeo Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, Opera Carolina, Grand Rapids Opera and Grange Park Opera in England.

In December 2018 Mr. Tanner performed the title role of Otello on opening night at the Metropolitan Opera to great acclaim. The occasion also marked Gustavo Dudamel’s house debut. Immediately prior, Carl performed the role at the Bolshoi Opera and Savonlinna Opera Festival. Other recent performances have included Radames in Aida with San Diego Opera and his debut with the Gerencia Orquesta Sinfónica y Coro Prado del Rey (RTVE) in Madrid.

Schedule highlights in Carl's 2017/18 season included performances of his signature role Radamès in Verdi's Aida with Washington National Opera, plus a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Cavaradossi in Tosca and Manrico in Il Trovatore. He also sang the role of Samson in Samson et Dalilah with Opera North Carolina and Turandot with San Diego Opera.

The 2016/17 season saw 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 also appeared in concert with the Dallas Symphpny Orchestra.

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

In 2016 Carl founded Carl Tanner Designs, his jewelry design venture featuring antique and opera-inspired reproductions.


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 Performances

Pacific Symphony
The title role in Otello

April 24, 25 & 28, 2020

Pittsburgh Festival Opera
Canio in Pagliacci

July 11, 14, 17 & 19, 2020

Toledo Opera
Radames in Aida

October 2 & 4, 2020

The Metropolitan Opera
Florestan in Fidelio

November 9 - December 25, 2020

Opera Carolina
Radames in Aida

March 21 - April 17, 2021

Grand Rapids Opera
Radames in Aida

April 30 & May 2, 2021

Grange Park Opera
Mikhail Tucha in Maid of Pskov

May 3- July 31, 2021


Further schedule announcements are always forthcoming.
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Carl Tanner


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