Mika Kares has established himself as one of today’s most sought-after basses. His vast repertoire encompasses works by Handel and Mozart, the most important works of the bel canto tradition, and the great Italian and German composers (Verdi, Puccini, Wagner). Following his studies at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Kares made his debut performing the title role of Le nozze di Figaro at the Savonlinna Opera Festival.
Since then, he regularly guests at the most renowned houses and international festivals, where he has worked with conductors including Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Teodor Currentzis, Fabio Luisi, Marco Armiliato, Marc Minkowski, Alain Altinoglu, Thomas Hengelbrock, Zubin Mehta, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Last season’s opera highlights include i.a. Sarastro/Die Zauberflöte at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Il Commendatore/Don Giovanni at De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam, Jacopo Fiesco/Simon Boccanegra at the Opéra National de Paris (staging: Calixto Bieito), Oroveso/Norma, Raimondo/Lucia di Lammermoor, and Balthazar/La Favorite at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Gremin/Eugene Onegin at the Vienna State Opera, Landgraf Hermann/Tannhäuser at Zurich Opera, Ramfis/Aida at the Théâtre Royale de La Monnaie in Brussels, Enrico VIII/Anna Bolena at the Opéra de Lausanne, as well as the title role of Boito’s Mefistofele at Stuttgart Opera (staging: La Fura dels Baus), and Wotan/Das Rheingold at the Ruhrtriennale.

In addition, Mika Kares is very sought after as a concert artist, his broad repertoire including key works, such as Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Haydn’s The Creation, Mozart’ Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 and Missa Solemnis, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No 8, as well as the Symphonies No 13 and 14 by Shostakovich.
Recent past highlights include concerts with Adriana Lecouvreur/Prince de Bouillon together with Anna Netrebko and Marco Armiliato at the Salzburg Festival, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 under Sakari Oramo at BBC Proms, Mozart’s Requiem with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and under the baton of Riccardo Muti, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Oslo Philharmonic and Jun Märkl, Mahler’s Symphony No 8 with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu at the conductor’s stand, as well as Rossini’s Stabat Mater under Marcus Creed in Utrecht.

Upcoming engagements include the new productions I Masnadieri/Massimiliano under the baton of Michele Mariotti at the Bavarian State Opera Munich, and Khovanshchina/Prince Ivan Khovansky (staged by Claus Guth) with Vladimir Jurowski at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, Zaccaria/Nabucco at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as The Grand Inquisitor/Don Carlos at the Teatro Real de Madrid, and Il Commendatore/Don Giovanni at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Furthermore, Mika Kares will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 in concerts with the hr-Symphony Orchestra and in Stockholm, Franz Schmidt’s The Book with Seven Seals with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and under the baton of Fabio Luisi, as well as a concert performance of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra led by Susanna Mälkki.


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Repertoire Concert

Bach, J.S. St. Matthew Passion
Beethoven Symphony no. 9
  Missa Solemnis
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

Bartok Bluebeard's Castle Bluebeard
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
  Nabucco Zaccaria
  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


Nabucco / Deutsche Oper Berlin / 28.12.19 /

"Den Höhepunkt seiner Kunst setzte er mit einem mächtig georgelten "Oh, chi piange?"" 

Nabucco / Deutsche Oper Berlin / 23.12.19 /

"gefiel durch seine voluminöse und volltönende Stimme" 

Don Giovanni / Lyric Opera of Chicago / 21.11.19 /

"His wonderful artistic and vocal skills shine brightly during the culmination of the opera" 

Don Giovanni / Lyric Opera of Chicago / 18.11.19 /

"Kares, in his debut at the Lyric, comes through with a terrific bass as The Commendatore" 

Don Giovanni / Lyric Opera of Chicago / 15.11.19 /

"offered a suitably stentorian performance the Commendatore" 

Mefistofele / Staatsoper Stuttgart / 17.06.19 /

"auch sängerisch der Höhepunkt des Abends" 

Mefistofele / Staatsoper Stuttgart / 17.06.19 /

"kann als Mefistofele mit voluminösem Ausdruck und klarer Diktion überzeugen" 

Tannhäuser / Opera Zurich / 24.03.19 /

"Eine erfreuliche Begegnung [...] deutliche Diktion bei gutem Legato in der Ansprache" 

Mozart's Requiem / Symphony Center Chicago / 22.02.19 /

"sang with idiomatic point and drama as needed" 

Anna Bolena / Opéra de Lausanne / 05.02.19 /

"his deep, earthy bass well suited to the all-power king" 

Simon Boccanegra / Opéra Bastille / 26.11.18 /

"created a convincing and multifaceted character, both vocally and dramatically" 

Simon Boccanegra / Opéra Bastille / 26.11.18 /

"à l'expressivité du caractère" 

Simon Boccanegra / Opéra Bastille / 21.11.18 /

"showing great experience and vocal nobility throughout" 

Simon Boccanegra / Opéra Bastille / 17.11.18 /

"morphs from creepy psycho to remorseful grandfather in the course of the evening" 

Simon Boccanegra / Opéra Bastille / 15.11.18 /

"Kares a le volume et les couleurs d'un magnifique Fiesco" 

Il trovatore / Opéra Bastille / 01.07.18 /

"fait ainsi une dèmonstration de puissance et d'unité fantastique" 

Il trovatore / Opéra Bastille / 29.06.18 /

"Sein Bass füllte strahlkräftig und volltönend die Höhen des Raumes" 

Il trovatore / Opéra Bastille / 27.06.18 /

"rivelato basso di eccellente qualità" 

Luisa Miller / Opernhaus Zürich / 12.04.18 /

"spiegelt die Noblesse schon im dunklen vollen Bassglanz" 

La Favorite / Bayerische Staatsoper München / 04.03.18 /

"eine prächtige Mittellage [...] eine satte Tiefe und eine glänzende Höhe" 

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 / 12.07.17 /

"well-projected and appealingly phrased" 

La Favorite / Bayerische Staatsoper München / 27.06.17 /

"in Gestalt des Ehrfurcht gebietenden Finnen Mika Kares" 

Aida / Théâtre de la Monnaie Brüssel / 21.05.17 /

"robuste voix de basse" 

Eugen Onegin / Wiener Staatsoper / 13.05.17 /

"eine wunderschöne, herrliche Bassstimme" 

Eugen Onegin / Wiener Staatsoper / 07.05.17 /

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

Eugen Onegin / Wiener Staatsoper / 06.05.17 /

"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 / 23.03.16 /

"Groß gewachsen und stimmmächtig" 


"My kind of town...": House debuts in Chicago and Berlin
Mika Kares returns to the “Windy City”, but this time he will be onstage of the renowned Lyric Opera for the first time. He will embody the Commendatore/Don Giovanni under the baton of James Gaffigan and besides Lucas Meachem performing the title role and Rachel Willis-Sørensen as Donna Anna. Performance dates: November 14/17/20/23/26/30; December 3/5/8

Subsequently, Mika Kares will perform at the Deutsche Oper Berlin for the first time, as well. On December 21 and 27, he will sing Zaccaria in Keith Warner’s production of Verdi’s Nabucco with Carlo Montanaro at the conductor’s stand.


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Tannhäuser/Hermann - Opera Zurich

Photo: Toni Suter
Don Giovanni/Il Commendatore - Lyric Opera of Chicago

Photo: Kyle Flubacker
Don Giovanni/Il Commendatore - Lyric Opera of Chicago

Photo: Private
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)
Don Carlo/Teatro Real de Madrid

Photo: Javier del Real
La Favorite/Balthasar- München

Photo: Wilfried Hösl
Le nozze di Figaro/ Figaro-Tampere
Photo: Petri Nuutinen
I masnadieri/ Massimiliano-Verdi Festival Parma
Photo: Annalisa Andolina
La Bohème/Colline-Teatro Real de Madrid
Photo: Javier del Real

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
Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the hr-Sinfonieorchester (2019) (Bass Solo from 1:36:33)
R. Wagner: Die Walküre (1. Akt) in concert
-Hannu Lintu & Radion Sinfoniaorkesteri
(Hunding Monologue: 1h 34min 15s)
Mahler Symphony No 8 under Hannu Lintu in Helsinki 
Mika Kares - Beethoven 9thMika Kares - Shostakovich 14th - Reply of the Zaporozhean Cossacks
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