Carl Tanner Inducted As National Patron of Delta Omicron

Tenor Carl Tanner was inducted as a National Patron of Delta Omicron on August 8 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mr. Tanner was currently performing in the Santa Fe Opera’s 2005 production of Turandot. The Induction Ceremony occurred at the home of National Music Adviser Claudia Grayson. Mrs. Grayson conducted the ceremony and hosted a luncheon for Mr. Tanner following the ceremony.

Born in Arlington, Virginia, Carl Tanner remembers enjoying music as a child and singing along with John Denver, Roy Clark, and Willie Nelson recordings when growing up. He studied at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, Virginia and earned a degree in performance. After graduation he notes that he started semi-truck driving after college and was later offered a job as a licensed modern-day bounty hunter. Still motivated to sing however, he moved to New York City in December 1990 and started looking for work. On his website, Mr. Tanner recounts how his professional career began:

I was walking in Greenwich Village one evening and heard opera
singing coming from a little restaurant called Bianchi and Margarita's.
I walked in, sat down at the bar and told the bartender I would
have a coke. He replied, "Coke's not good for your voice". I asked
him how he knew I was a singer? He said he could tell by
the way I spoke. If you have heard me speak, then you know I have
a very unusual speaking voice. I then got up and sang. This was
the beginning of my career. In the restaurant that night was Richard
Gaddes, the head of Santa Fe Opera. He offered me a role in
one of the operas that they were doing the following summer.

Since that time Mr. Tanner has been in great demand. He debuted at La Scala in June of 2005 as Don Jose. He just performed a gala Luisa Miller in Karlsruhe and recently sang Calaf in his Oper Frankfurt debut and Manrico in his debut with the Deutcsche Oper Berlin in Il Trovatore. During the holidays of 2004, he sang concerts with the Choral Arts Society of Washington and performed with the New National Theater in Tokyo in a revival of Tosca.

In the fall of 2004, he opened a new production of Luisa Miller with the Flemish Opera. In summer of 2004, he performed Carmen in his debut with the Rome Opera at Caracalla and also debuted with the Metropolitan Opera in Central Park before 100,000 people as Calaf. He reprised his Don Jose for the New York City Opera this spring and recently performed the title role in Puccini's Edgar with the Orchestre de Radio France in Paris.

On the concert stage, Mr. Tanner has performed as soloist with many symphony orchestras, including the St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Spoleto Festival USA, Kasugai Symphony (Japan), and with the Roanoke and West Virginia Symphony orchestras. In July of 2005, Mr. Tanner appeared on The CBS Early Morning show.

Carl Tanner appeared in Turandot in Dresden Germany in July and August of 2005 and with the Sante Fe Opera during July and August, 2005. In November and December 2005, he will appear with the New National Theatre in Tokyo, Japan. He will reprise his role in Turandot in Firenze and Dresden. In 2006, he will perform in Cavalleria Rusticana with Hamburgische Staatsoper, Aida with the Opera Pacific, and in Tosca with the Minnesota Orchestra.

For more information, photography, and sound performances of tenor Carl Tanner may be found on his website