Biography

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.

Management

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Repertoire

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
    Sprecher
  Don Giovanni Il Commendatore
    Masetto
  Le nozze di Figaro Bartolo
    Figaro
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
    Ramfis
  Attila Attila
  Don Carlo Filippo II
    Il Grande Inquisitore
  Luisa Miller Il Conte di Walter
  Il trovatore Ferrando
  I masnadieri Massimiliano Moor
    Moser
  Otello Lodovico
  Rigoletto Sparafucile
  Simon Boccanegra Fiesco
    Pietro
Wagner Das Rheingold Fafner
    Fasolt 
    Wotan 
  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

News

Opera and concert highlights in Paris, Munich, Utrecht, Cologne and Helsinki
Following a successful performance series of Lucia di Lammermoor at Bayerische Staatsoper, in which Mika Kares shone as Raimondo, the Finn made his house debut at Opéra Bastille on June 20th. In the role of Ferrando he will fill up the room with his “radiant, sonorous bass” on the remaining nights: July 10/11/13 and 14.
The French adventure continues in autumn when Mika Kares, also at Paris’ Opéra Bastille, makes his debut as Fiesco in Calixto Bieito’s staging of Simon Boccanegra, conducted by Fabio Luisi. The production celebrates its premiere on November 15th and can be seen and heard on nine additional nights: November 18/21/24/28 and December 01/04/07/10/13.
In addition, on September 14th Kares will sing the role of Père Laurence in Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette in Utrecht under Fabien Gabel, as well as take on the role of Ramphis in a concertante performance of Aida in Cologne’s Philharmonie on October 07th, conducted by Teodor Currentzis.
Also in the concert field, Mika Kares will sing Mahler’s Symphony no 8 with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu at the Helsinki Festival on August 24th and Beethoven’s Symphony no 9 with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra on December 19th and 20th, also in the Finnish capital.

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Eugene Onegin/Gremin - Wiener Staatsoper

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Agrippina/Claudio-Theater an der Wien
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Rheingold/Wotan-RuhrtriennaleRheingold/Wotan-RuhrtriennaleLa Favorite/Balthasar- München

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Don Giovanni/Il Commendatore-Perm State Opera
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Don Giovanni/Il Commendatore-Perm State Opera
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Don Giovanni/Il Commendatore-Perm State Opera
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Le nozze di Figaro/ Figaro-Tampere
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I masnadieri/ Massimiliano-Verdi Festival Parma
Photo: Annalisa Andolina
Die Zauberflöte/ Sarastro-Opera Cologne
Photo: Pascal LeClaire
La Bohème/Colline-Teatro Real de Madrid
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La Bohème/Colline-Teatro Real de Madrid
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Video
Don Giovanni/
Commendatore

Teodor Currentzis & MusicAeterna
I masnadieri /
Massimiliano

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)
Audio
Mika Kares - Beethoven 9thMika Kares - Shostakovich 14th - Reply of the Zaporozhean Cossacks

Press

Il trovatore / Opéra Bastille / 01.07.18 / fomalhaut.over-blog.org


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

Il trovatore / Opéra Bastille / 29.06.18 / tamino-klassikforum.at


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

Il trovatore / Opéra Bastille / 27.06.18 / lesalonmusical.it


"rivelato basso di eccelente qualità" 

Luisa Miller / Opernhaus Zürich / 12.04.18 / roccosound.ch


"spiegelt die Noblesse schon im dunklen vollen Bassglanz" 

La Favorite / Bayerische Staatsoper München / 04.03.18 / onlinemerker.com


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

Die Zauberflöte / Royal Opera House Covent Garden / 13.09.17 / theartdesk.com


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

Rigoletto / Savonlinna Opera Festival / 12.07.2017 / bachtrack.com


"well-projected and appealingly phrased" 

La Favorite / Bayerische Staatsoper München / 27.06.2017 / sueddeutsche.de


"in Gestalt des Ehrfurcht gebietenden Finnen Mika Kares" 

Aida / Théâtre de la Monnaie Brussels / 21.05.2017 / olyrix.com


"robuste voix de basse" 

Eugene Onegin / Wiener Staatsoper / 13.05.2017 / der-neue-merker.eu


"eine wunderschöne, herrliche Bassstimme" 

Eugen Onegin / Wiener Staatsoper / 07.05.2017 / der-neue-merker.eu


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

Eugene Onegin / Wiener Staatsoper / 06.05.2017 / bachtrack.com


"genau auf den Punkt" 

La Favorite / Bayerische Staatsoper München / 03.11.16 / bachtrack.com


"verlieh dem Prior nahezu diabolische Züge" 

La Favorite / Bayerische Staatsoper München / 25.10.16 / merkur.de


 "Die Entdeckung: Mika Kares als Prior Balthazar" 

La Favorite / Bayerische Staatsoper München / 23.10.16 / operaexplorer.com 
 

"a privilege to hear his performance" 

Agrippina / Theater an der Wien / 24.03.16 / european-cultural-news.com


 "Groß gewachsen und stimmmächtig" 
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