Tenor Carl Tanner has just performed Calaf in Hamburg after commencing the 2008-09 season with his return to Dresden in a new production of Il Trovatore. Last spring he performed Calaf in Hanburg, Don Jose with Zubin Mehta in Firenze and just prior Enzo Grimaldo in the Deutsche Oper, Berlin revival of La Gioconda. Earlier in 2008 he sang Enzo Grimaldo at the Teatro Real, Madrid. Last fall he returned to New York City Opera as Canio for a new Pagliacci where he "gave the performance of a lifetime in the unforgettable final scene. "Last summer he debuted at the Teatro Real, Madrid as Pinkerton. This past year also saw the release of his long-awaited Holiday CD "Hear the Angel Voices", accompanied by concerts in the United States. He was also in Dresden as Calaf and Radames and just prior performed in Brussels and the Concertgebouw as Samson (w/Borodina) and was in Hamburg as Don José. In 2006 he was back in Tokyo for Turandot under Zubin Mehta.
Other recent appearances were at the Bregenz Festival in Il Trovatore (recorded as a DVD), a gala concert performance of Pagliacci at La Monnaie, Brussels, a "terrific as Cavaradossi" in performances of Tosca with the Minnesota Orchestra, Radames in Aida for Opera Pacific and Calaf in Dresden. Earlier in 2006 he debuted with the Hamburgische Staatsoper in Cavalleria and Pagliacci and at the teatro communale in Firenze as Calaf in Turandot conducted by Zubin Mehta. He performed the title role of Andrea Chenier in a new production for the new National Theater in Tokyo and was Santa Fe's Calaf in their new Turandot and was "stunning in his powerful performance" as Washington Opera's Samson, all in 2005. Just prior he performed La Fanciulla del West at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Madama Butterfly in Las Palmas after completing his return to Dresden as Calaf. He also performed at the Richard Tucker Memorial Gala at Avery Fisher Hall in January, and 'O Holy Night' at the Christmas Tree lighting at the White House. Earlier in 2004 he sang the lead in La Fanciulla del West in concert in Carnegie Hall which was preceded by his Washington Opera debut in Il Trovatore. Fall 2003 saw him opening the Flemish Opera's season in a new Luisa Miller and he debuted with the New National Theater in Tokyo in a revival of Tosca. Summer 2003 saw his debut in Carmen with the Rome Opera at Caracalla and his debut with the Metropolitan Opera in Central Park before 100,000 people as Calaf and was "in magnificent vocal form"! He reprised his Don Jose for the NYC Opera that spring and performed the title role in Puccini's Edgar with the Orchestre de Radio France in Paris with a "seductive and imposing timbre, firm line and easy emission". He was the lead tenor in Strauss' Agyptische Helena with the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall (recorded by Telarc). Other notable appearances have included Flemish Opera's La Fanciulla del West as Dick Johnson, and a "fearless performance" in the tenor lead role of Erik in their season-opening FliegendeHolländer.
Highlights of recent seasons include Don Jose for his La Scala debut, as well as Napoli, the San Francisco Opera, and Dallas Opera; Cavaradossi in his Covent Garden debut, Chairman Mao in Nixon in China with the London Symphony Orchestra (Maestro Nagano) and Das Lied von der Erde with the Teatro Regio di Torino.
On the concert stage Mr. Tanner has performed as soloist in various of orchestral/oratorio repertoire with many symphony orchestras including: the St. Louis Symphony (Hans Vonk), Atlanta Symphony (concert performance of Carmen under Yoel Levi), Spoleto Festival USA singing Janacek's Cantata for Tenor and Lili Boulanger's Faust and Helena, Kasugai Symphony (Japan) in the Beethoven Ninth.
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