World Famous Tenor Returns to Kingsport


Symphony of the Mountains presents

The Return of Carl Tanner

In 2011, Symphony of the Mountains introduced the Mountains Empire to the rich voice of tenor Carl Tanner. Since then, this truck driver turned super star has amassed a following of musical admirers throughout the Mountain Empire. Symphony of the Mountains proudly presents “The Return of Carl Tanner with Symphony of the Mountains” on Saturday, April 29, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Toy F. Reid Employee Center in Kingsport.

Born and raised in Virginia to very modest means, Carl Tanner started his adult life as a truck driver. The first turning point for Tanner came one day while he was inching his way along Interstate 95 in the cab of his 18-wheeler, singing the Giacomo Puccini aria “E lucevan le stelle” to pass the time. A woman in a convertible in the next lane called up to him, “Is that you or is that the radio?” “That’s me, lady,” Tanner replied. “Well then, you’ve missed your calling,” the woman declared. “You should be singing for a living, not driving.”

To earn extra money, Tanner moonlighted as a bounty hunter. When asked how he moved from being a bounty hunter to an opera super star, Tanner replied, “Literally, I got shot at, then chased a guy out a window. And then I thought, ‘You know, my number’s coming.’ Two weeks later I was driving my truck and I decided to move to New York to pursue opera.”

It took him almost ten years to go from working class to world class, performing at the most celebrated opera houses, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, La Scala in Milan and the Royal Opera House in London.

Tickets are only $30 and are available by calling the Symphony of the Mountains Box Office at (423) 392-8423 or visiting our website at As with all Symphony of the Mountains subscription concerts, children and students are admitted free.

Sponsored by: Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, C. Bascom Slemp Foundation, Eastman Chemical Company, Eastman Credit Union, The Estate of James C. Martin In Memory of Mary B. Martin, James & Laura Rogers Foundation, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. McGlothlin, Marcia & Marvin Gilliam, Jr. Foundation, Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Pro-Art Association, Tennessee Arts Commission, United Companies Charitable Foundation, John & Karen Vann, Women’s Symphony Committee