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. 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, 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.

As a concert singer, Mika Kares worked with institutions such as the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Rundfunk-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, Shostakovich’s 13th and 14th Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, and Haydn’s Schöpfung.

His most recent successes were at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan as Grande Inquisitore in Don Carlo,  the Theater an der Wien as Claudio in Agrippina, at De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam in Don Giovanni, at the Bregenz Festival as Timur in Turandot, as well as under Alain Altinoglu at his debut at the Salzburg Festival as Commendatore in Don Giovanni.

Future and current projects include La Favorite at the Bayerische Staatsoper and at the Munich Opera Festival, La Bohème at the Teatro Real in Madrid, his debut as Prince Gremin at the Vienna Staatsoper, Turandot in Cologne, Sarastro at the Royal Opera House London, and Ramfis (Aida) in Brussels, once again under the baton of Alain Altinoglu. In the seasons 2017/18 and 2018/19, productions of Luisa Miller, Simon Boccanegra, Norma, and Anna Bolena in Zurich, Paris, Munich, and Lausanne are scheduled.

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Repertoire Concert

Bach, J.S. St. Matthew Passion
Beethoven Symphony no. 9
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
Verdi Requiem

Repertoire Opera

Bellini Norma Oroveso
Boito Mefistofele Mefistofele
Donizetti La favorite Balthasar
  Lucia di Lammermoor Raimondo
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
  Der fliegende Holländer Daland
  Die Walküre Hunding
  Lohengrin Heinrich der Vogler
  Parsifal Gurnemanz
  Siegfried Fafner
  Tannhäuser Landgraf Hermann


We congratulate Mr. Kares on his BBC Music Magazine 2017 Award!
This year’s BBC Music Magazine Award in the category Opera goes to the critically acclaimed Sony-Classical recording of Don Giovanni with Teodor Currentzis conducting his orchestra MusicAeterna. Mika Kares is happy to be part of the recording as Commendatore!

„This is a Don Giovanni that banishes preconceptions. The playing is brisk and brilliant, the singers sometimes more ‘theatrical’ than ‘operatic’; the party scene is a colourful whirlwind, Giovanni’s comeuppance the intended earthquake. Sometimes shocking, always exhilarating, frequently both. Refreshing and unforgettable.“

A sample of the recording can be found under the following link: 


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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