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Carl Tanner



Biography

American tenor Carl Tanner has established his international career performing regularly in the world's most prestigious opera houses such as The Metropolitan Opera, Opera National de Paris, Washington National Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Real, Madrid,  New National Theatre of Tokyo and the Liceu de Barcelona amongst others.

In his recent triumph as Otello, Carl Tanner was described as "a richly timbred tenor with a clear and astounding ringing force in the top register. His clarion opening act Esultate was bright and vigorous. The love duet with Desdemona, Gia della notte densa, was charged with warmth and passion. The dark closing scene's Niun mi tema showed Tanner at his most affecting".

His repertory also includes such roles as Radames (Aida), Chénier (Andrea Chénier), Moby Dick (Moby Dick), Hermann (Pique Dame), Don José (Carmen), Canio (I Pagliacci), Turiddu (Cavalleria Rusticana), Calaf (Turandot), Des Grieux (Manon Lescaut), Dick Johnson (La fanciulla del West), Cavaradossi (Tosca), and Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), just to name a few.

The 2016/17 season opened with performances of Otello with Opera Hong Kong, closely followed by Radames with Opera de Massy. In November he performed a concert of Verdi and Puccini arias with the Dallas Symphony as well as a Christmas Concert with the Washington Chorus at the Kennedy Center. This spring Mr. Tanner will make his Korean National Opera debut performing Il Tabbaro and I Pagliacci , in addition to performing in concert in the US. In 2017/18 he will return to the Washington National Opera as Radames in Aida, and the Metropolitan Opera for a new production of Tosca (cover) and Il Trovatore (cover) and the role of Samson in Samson et Dalilah with Opera North Carolina. His future plans also include Moby Dick in Barcelona, and Turandot with San Diego Opera.

In 2015/16 he performed Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton, followed by Aida at Colorado Opera, Otello (title role) at Liceu de Barcelona and Il Tabarro conducted by Antonio Pappano at ROH Covent Garden in London.

Other recent engagements include Verdi's Aida at the Metropolitan Opera Opera, Tosca at Deutsche Oper, La fanciulla del West at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie de Liège, Madama Butterfly at the Opéra National de Paris, Il Trovatore at the Semperoper in Dresden and at the Staatsoper in Hamburg, Aida at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Turandot in Hamburg, Carmen at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the baton of Zubin Mehta, at the Teatro alla Scala and at the Teatro San Carlo, La Gioconda in Berlin and the Teatro Real de Madrid and Tosca in his Covent Garden debut.

On the concert stage he has performed diverse repertoire prestigious symphony orchestras including the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Spoleto USA Festival and the Kasugai Symphony Orchestra in Japan.

Carl Tanner