The Finnish bass, Mika Kares, rapidly established himself as one of the most sought-after performers of the new generation of singers. He regularly guests at the most renowned opera houses and international festivals with a repertoire that spans from baroque, through the most important works of the bel canto tradition, to the great Italian and German composers (Verdi, Puccini, Wagner). Most recently, guest engagements took him to the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, the Opera House in Zurich, the Semper Opera Dresden, the Met, and many other important music centers, where he performed in roles such as Daland, Henry the Fowler, Filippo II/Don Carlos, the title role of Verdi's Attila, Sarastro, Commendatore, Oroveso in Bellini's Norma, Raimondo/Lucia di Lammermoor, Claudio in Handel's Agrippina, as well as Polyphem in Acis e Galatea.

After his studies at the Sibelius Academy Helsinki, he was an ensemble member of the Badische Staatstheater in Karlsruhe from 2005-2010, which was quickly followed by his debut at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, his US debut in Seattle, as well as other path-breaking successes under the batons of renowned conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and often under Marc Minkowski, e.g. at the Mozart Week in Salzburg and on a concertante Europe tour as Daland in The Flying Dutchman, which eventually resulted in a recording with the label Naïve. He sang the Commendatore in performances and concerts of the Don Giovanni produced by SONY Music and led by Teodor Currentzis, under whom he also made his greatly successful debut as Rheingold Wotan at the RuhrTriennale 2015. The SONY Music recording of Don Giovanni was awarded the BBC Music Magazine Award 2017 in the opera category.

His most recent successes were at the Theater an der Wien as Claudio in Agrippina, as Commendatore/Don Giovanni an De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam and at the Salzburg Festival (under Alain Altinoglu), as Timur/Turandot at Opera Cologne and at the Bregenz Festival, as well as Balthazar/La Favorite at the Bayerische Staatsoper and at the Munich Opera Festival. Further highlights were his debut at the Vienna State Opera with Eugene Onegin/Gremin and his interpretation of Ramfis/Aida in Brussels, also under the baton of Alain Altinoglu.

In addition to the revival of La Favorite and Lucia di Lammermoor/Raimondo at the Bayerische Staatsoper, engagements of the season 2017/18 include La Bohème/Colline at Teatro Real in Madrid, Die Zauberflöte/Sarastro at the Royal Opera House London, Luisa Miller/Walter in Zürich, Il trovatore/Ferrando in Paris, as well as I masnadieri/Massimiliano in Bilbao.

As a concert singer, Mika Kares worked with institutions such as the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Radio Orchestras of Helsinki and Madrid, the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, his repertoire often including key works like Verdi’s Messa di Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Missa solemnis, Shostakovich’s 13th and 14th Symphonies, Mozart’s Requiem, and Haydn’s Creation.

In the season 2017/18 he can be heard on the concert stages of the Ruhrtriennale and the Savonlinna Festival in Missa solemnis as well as in Munich in Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Rundfunkchor- und Orchester Munich.

For the coming season following concerts are planned: Mozart's Requiem with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti, Verdi's Requiem with the Oslo Philharmonic under the baton of Jun Märkl, Aida in concert with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne and Teodor Currentzis at the conductor's stand, Beethoven's Symphony no 9 with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Eva Ollikainen, Mahler's Symphony no 8 with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu as well as Rossini's Stabat Mater in Utrecht with Marcus Creed.

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Repertoire Concert

Bach, J.S. St. Matthew Passion
Beethoven Symphony no. 9
Berlioz Roméo et Juliette
Brahms Requiem
Donizetti Requiem
Dvorak Biblical Songs Op. 99
  Stabat Mater
Haydn The Creation / Raphael + Adam
Händel Messiah
  Susanna / 2nd Elder
Mahler Symphony no. 8 / Pater Profundus
Mozart Requiem
Mussorgsky Songs and Dances of Death
Rossini Petite Messe solennelle
  Stabat Mater
Shostakovich 13th Symphony "Babi Yar"
  14th Symphony
  Songs of the Forest
Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel
Verdi Requiem

Repertoire Opera

Bellini Norma Oroveso
Boito Mefistofele Mefistofele
Donizetti La favorite Balthasar
  Lucia di Lammermoor Raimondo
  Anna Bolena Enrico VIII
Dvorak Rusalka Vodnik
Faccio Amleto Lo Spettro
Händel Acis and Galatea Polyphem
  Agrippina Claudio
  Ariodante il re di Scozia
  Radamisto Farasmane
  Rinaldo Argante
Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail Osmin
  Die Zauberflöte Sarastro
  Don Giovanni Il Commendatore
  Le nozze di Figaro Bartolo
Mussorgsky Boris Godunov Pimen
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Betto di Signa
  La Bohème Colline
  Madama Butterfly Bonze
  Tosca Angelotti
  Turandot Timur
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Gremin
  Mazeppa Filipp Orlik
Verdi Aida König
  Attila Attila
  Don Carlo Filippo II
    Il Grande Inquisitore
  Luisa Miller Il Conte di Walter
  Il trovatore Ferrando
  I masnadieri Massimiliano Moor
  Otello Lodovico
  Rigoletto Sparafucile
  Simon Boccanegra Fiesco
Wagner Das Rheingold Fafner
  Die Walküre Hunding
  Götterdämmerung Hagen
  Der fliegende Holländer Daland
  Tristan und Isolde König Marke
  Lohengrin Heinrich der Vogler
  Parsifal Gurnemanz
  Siegfried Fafner
  Tannhäuser Landgraf Hermann


Italian masterpieces in Munich and Zürich
At the end of February, Mika Kares will return to the Bayerische Staatsoper as Balthazar in Donizetti’s grand opéra La Favorite. Over the course of three nights and under the baton of Karel Mark Chichon he will be on stage, among others, alongside Elīna Garanča as Léonor de Guzman. (Performance dates: February 25th/28th and March 3rd)
Next stop is Opernhaus Zürich where Kares will embody Conte di Walter in Damiano Michieletto‘s staging of Verdi’s Luisa Miller. At the conductor’s stand is specialist in 19th century Italian opera, Riccardo Frizza.
(Performances: April 12th/15th/21st/24th/27th/29th)
BOM artists at Savonlinna 2017!
This year’s Savonlinna Opera Festival was a very special one! Not only did Finland celebrate 100 years of independence, there were also not less than nine BOM artists performing on stage:
Die Entführung aus dem Serail.  (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Tuomas Katajala/Belmonte
Jussi Myllys/Belmonte
Castle in the Water / concertante   (Aulis Sallinen)
Tiina-Maija Koskela/Soprano, Tuija Knihtilä/Mezzo-Soprano und Jussi Myllys/Tenor
Kullervo (Aulis Sallinen)
Dan Karlström/Kimmo, Niina Keitel/The Smith’s Wife, Markus Suihkonen/Second man
Rigoletto (Giuseppe Verdi)
Mika Kares/Sparafucile  


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Eugene Onegin/Gremin - Wiener Staatsoper

Photo: Michael Pöhn
Agrippina/Claudio-Theater an der Wien
Photo: Werner Kmetitsch (TAW)
Agrippina/Claudio-Theater an der Wien
Photo: Werner Kmetitsch (TAW)
Rheingold/Wotan-RuhrtriennaleRheingold/Wotan-RuhrtriennaleLa Favorite/Balthasar- München

Photo: Wilfried Hösl
Don Giovanni/Il Commendatore-Perm State Opera
Photo: Anton Zavjyalov
Don Giovanni/Il Commendatore-Perm State Opera
Photo: Esterina Zar
Don Giovanni/Il Commendatore-Perm State Opera
Photo: Esterina Zar
Le nozze di Figaro/ Figaro-Tampere
Photo: Petri Nuutinen
I masnadieri/ Massimiliano-Verdi Festival Parma
Photo: Annalisa Andolina
Die Zauberflöte/ Sarastro-Opera Cologne
Photo: Pascal LeClaire

Don Giovanni/

Teodor Currentzis & MusicAeterna
I masnadieri /

Francesco Ivan Ciampa &
Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini

43m08s: Duet; 2h09m40s: Aria; 2h31m30s: Duet
Shostakovitch: Song of the Forests
Orquesta Sinfónica & Coro de Radiotelevisión Española
Rossini: Stabat Mater
Münchner Rundfunkorchester &
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Start: 20m58s

R. Wagner: Die Walküre (1. Akt) in concert
-Hannu Lintu & Radion Sinfoniaorkesteri
(Hunding Monologue: 1h 34min 15s)
Mika Kares - Beethoven 9thMika Kares - Shostakovich 14th - Reply of the Zaporozhean Cossacks


Die Zauberflöte / Royal Opera House Covent Garden / 13.09.17 /

"rich and resonant, a proper bass for a proper bass aria" 

Rigoletto / Savonlinna Opera Festival / 12.07.2017 /

"well-projected and appealingly phrased" 

Aida / Théâtre de la Monnaie Brussels / 21.05.2017 /

"robuste voix de basse" 

Eugene Onegin / Wiener Staatsoper / 13.05.2017 /

"eine wunderschöne, herrliche Bassstimme" 

Eugen Onegin / Wiener Staatsoper / 07.05.2017 /

"eine schöne Stimme mit profunder Tiefe, guter Höhe und feiner dynamischen Phrasierung" 

Eugene Onegin / Wiener Staatsoper / 06.05.2017 /

"genau auf den Punkt" 

La Favorite / Bayerische Staatsoper München / 03.11.16 /

"verlieh dem Prior nahezu diabolische Züge" 

La Favorite / Bayerische Staatsoper München / 25.10.16 /

 "Die Entdeckung: Mika Kares als Prior Balthazar" 

La Favorite / Bayerische Staatsoper München / 23.10.16 / 

"a privilege to hear his performance" 

Agrippina / Theater an der Wien / 24.03.16 /

 "Groß gewachsen und stimmmächtig" 
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