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 Handel and Mozart, 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.

Following his studies at the Sibelius Academy Helsinki, Kares 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, 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 recording, Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Rundfunkchor and –Orchestra Munich under Howard Arman, was released in August 2018 to much critical acclaim.

In past seasons he celebrated successes at Theater an der Wien as Claudio in Agrippina, as Commendatore/Don Giovanni at De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam and at the Salzburger Festspiele under Alain Altinoglu, as well as as Balthazar/La Favorite and Raimondo/Lucia di Lammermoor at Bayerische Staatsoper und at the Münchner Opernfestspiele. 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, Colline/La Bohème at Teatro Real de Madrid, Sarastro/Die Zauberflöte at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Walter/Luisa Miller in Zürich, Ferrando/Il trovatore at Opéra national de Paris, as well as Massimiliano/I masnadieri in Bilbao. Kares‘ debut as Wotan/Das Rheingold at the RuhrTriennale in the summer of 2015 under the baton of Teodor Currentzis was celebrated by press and audience alike.

On the programme for season 2018/19 are engagements such as: the new production of Simon Boccanegra/Jacopo Fiesco at Opéra national de Paris, Norma/Oroveso at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and at the Münchner Opernfestspiele, Anna Bolena/Enrico VIII at Opéra de Lausanne, Tannhäuser/Landgraf Hermann at Opera Zürich, as well as the title role in the new production of Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele at Opera Stuttgart, staged by La Fura dels Baus and conducted by Daniele Rustioni.

In addition, Mika Kares is very sought after as a concert singer, his broad concert repertoire including key works such as Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Missa Solemnis, Verdi’s Messa di Requiem, Mahler’s 8th Symphony, Shostakovich’s 13th and 14th Symphonies, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel, Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette, as well as Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Creation, which he performed with renowned institutions such as the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Radio Orchestras of Helsinki and Madrid, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, and the Rundfunkorchester und Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks Munich.

For the current 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, 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



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" 


Devilishly good: New Mefistofele in Stuttgart
The tragedy of Faust have inspired numerous composers including Arrigo Boito whose opera Mefistofele will be staged in an innovative way by Àlex Ollé („La Fura dels Baus“) and with Mika Kares in the title role at the Staatsoper Stuttgart. The premiere with Daniele Callegari at the conductor’s stand takes place on the 16th of June.
Further performance dates: June 19/22/24/29; July 04/07/12


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Tannhäuser/Hermann - Opera Zurich

Photo: Toni Suter
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
La Bohème/Colline-Teatro Real de Madrid
Photo: Javier del Real
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

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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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