Carl Tanner | Meet the Artists

Tenor. Radamès in Aida.

Carl was born in Arlington, Virginia and attended Shenandoah Conservatory of Music.

He made his debut as Samson to rave reviews in Washington National Opera’s 2004 production of Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Delilah. Additionally, he has previously sung Radamès with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap’s 2015 concert performance of Aida.

Fun Fact! Carl has worn a huge variety of different hats throughout his career, including but not limited to that of a big rig trucker, bounty hunter, singing waiter, and jewelry designer!

Having been a longtime performer of Aida, Carl is well-known for his signature yet dynamic portrayal of Radamès. Of the character, he says, “I’ve discarded other people’s perceptions of Ramadès, particularly those held by directors because they are never the same…I’ve played him as an Egyptian warrior, an officer in the First World War and even as a Jehovah’s Witness in a German production.”

Take a look at his in-depth interview on CBS Early Morning:

“…Has the grandstanding vocal resources to be superbly heroic and tragic…Tanner [is] in total command.” – Classical Source

Enjoy Carl’s performance in this iconic role in the WNO’s production of Aida! (Note that the role of Radamès will be performed by Yonghoon Lee on certain dates.)

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