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. 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.

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 Creation.

Kares’ 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.

Future engagements include the revival of La Favorite at the Bayerische Staatsoper, La Bohème/Colline at Teatro Real in Madrid, Zauberflöte/Sarastro at the Royal Opera House London, Luisa Miller/Walter in Zürich, Simon Boccanegra/Fiesco as well as Il trovatore/Ferrando in Paris, Norma/Oroveso in Munich, Anna Bolena/Heinrich VIII in Lausanne, and the title role in the new production of Boito‘s Mefistofele in Stuttgart under the baton of Maestro Daniele Rustioni (Stage Design: La Fura dels Baus).

Artist Website

www.mikakares.net

Management


Artist Manager
 
 
 
 
Ingunn Sighvatsdóttir
Artist Manager
ingunn@orlob.net 
Mobil: +49-173-2 067 821

Repertoire

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
    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 
  Der fliegende Holländer Daland
  Die Walküre Hunding
  Lohengrin Heinrich der Vogler
  Parsifal Gurnemanz
  Siegfried Fafner
  Tannhäuser Landgraf Hermann

News

Finnish double debut at ROH
With great expectation we await the new season which opens with a double house debut by our Finns Mika Kares and Tuomas Katajala, when they perform in David McVicar’s staging of Die Zauberflöte at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London.
From September 12th Mika Kares will be on stage as Sarastro under the baton of Julia Jones and alongside Roderick Williams as Papageno, enthusing the audience with his powerful bass. Further performances: September 14th/16th/18th/20th/21st/23rd and 26th. The performance on September 20th will also be shown in selected cinemas.
Also under the baton of Julia Jones, Tuomas Katajala will take on the role of Tamino from October 5th. With Florian Sempey as Papageno at his side he will master any challenge the evening may bring. Further performance dates: October 7th/11th/13th and 14th.
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  

Press

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" 

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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