Bounty hunter turned opera singer stops in Colorado

You never know what's in somebody's past. 9NEWS at noon. 11/05/2015.

DENVER – You never know what's in somebody's past.

For example, who would have ever thought the lead tenor in Opera Colorado's production of Aida used to drive big rig trucks. To earn extra money on the side, Carl Tanner worked as a bounty hunter for bail bondsmen in Arlington, Virginia.

Yes, the Carl Tanner.

Whenever in the cab of his 18-wheeler, Tanner would listen to operatic music and sing along.

At a traffic light one day, as Tanner was singing an aria from an opera by Giacoma Puccini, a woman in a convertible looked up at him and offered a compliment.

She said, "Is that you or the radio?"

From there on, Tanner realized he needed to pursue a music career. During a stint as a singing waiter in New York, he was discovered and entered into an apprentice program for singers at the Santa Fe Opera.

The roles and appearances had added up and now he is revered around the world for his voice.

The story of Tanner's journey has caught the attention of Hollywood. Tanner says his life is being made into a movie with actor Michael Keaton, who learned about his career change in a New York Times article.

Denver has Carl Tanner for four performances over the next week at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

Aida was written by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi and premiered in 1871. It is a favorite among opera lovers and performed every year in various cities around the world.

Carl Tanner is cast as Radames, the Captain of the Guard. This is his signature role, singing it to great acclaim most recently at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

For more information on Aida at Opera Colorado: http://bit.ly/1MBYcC5.

(© 2015 KUSA)


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