Carl Tanner



Area of competence


From his recent triumphant debut in the role of 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”.

He has established an international career, performing regularly in some prestigious opera houses, including Teatro alla Scala, Metropolitan of New York, Covent Garden in London, Opéra National de Paris, Washington Opera, New National Theatre of  Tokyo, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Real de Madrid and  Liceu de Barcelona.

His repertory includes such roles as Radames (Aida), Manrico (Il trovatore), Otello, Chénier (Andrea Chénier), Pollione (Norma), Don José (Carmen), Canio (I Pagliacci), Turiddu (Cavalleria Rusticana), Calaf (Turandot), Des Grieux (Manon Lescaut), Dick Johnson (La fanciulla del West), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), just to name a few.

He opened the 2015/16 season performing as 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.

Among his future plans are Otello (title role) with the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra and Opera in Hong Kong, Aida at Washington Opera, at Colorado Opera and at Opéra de Massy, as well as Moby Dick at Liceu de Barcelona.

Recent engagements  have included Verdi’s Aida at New York MET Opera, Tosca at Deutsche Oper in Berlin, 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 Berlino, 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 di Napoli, La Gioconda in Berlin and at the Teatro Real de Madrid and Tosca in his Coven Garden debut.

On the concert stage he has performed in various of orchestral repertoire with many symphony orchestras including the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Spoleto USA Festival and the Kasugai Symphony Orchestra (Japan).



Repertorio operistico/Operatic repertory


Autore Opera Ruolo
Vincenzo Bellini Norma Pollione
Georges Bizet Carmen Don José
Umberto Giordano Andrea Chénier Chénier
Ruggero Leoncavallo Cavalleria Rusticana Turiddu
Amilcare Ponchielli La Gioconda Enzo
Giacomo Puccini Edgar Edgar
Il tabarro Luigi
La fanciulla del West Dick Jonhnson
Manon Lescaut Des Grieux
Il tabarro Luigi
Tosca Cavaradossi
Turandot Calaf
Camille Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila Samson
Richard Strauss Die ägyptische Helena Menelaus
Giuseppe Verdi Aida Radames
Un ballo in maschera Riccardo
Don Carlo Carlo
Il trovatore Manrico
La forza del destino Alvaro*
Luisa Miller Rodolfo
Otello Otello
Richard Wagner Tristan un Isolde Tristan*


*In preparazione / In preparation