Carl Tanner got his start as a singer with a Glee-like moment: The Washington-Lee High School footballer and wrestler joined the school chorus after someone overheard him singing in the locker room shower. Now an international opera star, most recently performing with the Metropolitan Opera, Tanner returns to perform with sopranos Paula Delligatti and Lesley Craigie and baritone Jason Stearns plus pianist Patrick O'Donnell in a benefit for Aurora Opera Theatre, formerly the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia where Tanner had his first professional role. Program will feature opera highlights from Puccini, Verdi and Mascagni, followed by a Q&A with Tanner and a wine a cheese reception. Friday, May 6, at 8 p.m. Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere, 1611 N. Kent St. Arlington. Tickets are $40. Call 703-875-1100 or visit auroraopera.org or artisphere.com.