Biography

Mika Kares has established himself as one of today’s internationally most sought-after basses. His vast repertoire covers all the great Italian and German composers such as Verdi, Wagner and Mozart, in addition to the most important roles of the slavic and Finnish tradition.

Distinguished by his colourful bass voice, Kares regularly guests at the most renowned houses and festivals worldwide and has worked with conductors including Teodor Currentzis, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Fabio Luisi, Marc Minkowski, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Klaus Mäkelä, Kent Nagano and Kirill Petrenko.
 
Recent seasons’ opera highlights include i.a. Sarastro/Die Zauberflöte at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, Il Commendatore/Don Giovanni at The Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Salzburg Festival, Jacopo Fiesco/Simon Boccanegra at the Opéra National de Paris (staging: Calixto Bieito), King Marke/Tristan und Isolde, Padre Guardiano/La forza del destino and Balthazar/La Favorite at the Bavarian State Opera, Gremin/Eugene Onegin at the Vienna State Opera, Landgraf Hermann/Tannhäuser at Zurich Opera, Zaccaria/Nabucco at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Inquisitor/The Fiery Angel at Teatro Real de Madrid, Great Inquisitor/Don Carlo at Teatro alla Scala, and Ramfis/Aida at Théâtre Royale de La Monnaie in Brussels.

In addition, Mika Kares is very sought after as a concert singer, his broad repertoire including key works such as Mozart’s 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 concert highlights include concerts with Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta/King René with Kirill Petrenko and the Berliner Philharmoniker and Adriana Lecouvreur/Prince de Bouillon with Anna Netrebko and Marco Armiliato at the Salzburg Festival, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the hr-Sinfonieorchester as well as at the BBC Proms under the baton of Sakari Oramo, Mozart’s Requiem with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Riccardo Muti) and the Vienna Philharmonic, Shostakovich’s Symphony no 14 under Klaus Mäkelä with the Oslo Philharmonic, Mahler’s Symphony No 8 with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu, as well as a concertante performance of Bluebeard’s Castle with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Susanna Mälkki, which was released on CD (BIS Records) and nominated for the 2022 Grammy Award.

In season 2022/23 Mika Kares will take on the title role in Bluebeard’s Castle at the Salzburg Festival as well as three roles (Fasolt, Hunding, Hagen) in the new Ring at Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, conducted by Daniel Barenboim and staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov.
In addition, he will return to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Landgraf Hermann in Tannhäuser and to the Bavarian State Opera as Heinrich der Vogler in a new Lohengrin production.

Management

General 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
  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
Beethoven Fidelio Rocco*
Bellini Norma Oroveso
Boito Mefistofele Mefistofele
Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur Prince de Bouillon
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
J. Kokkonen The Last Temptations Paavo
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 Boris Godunov*
    Pimen
Prokofiev The Fiery Angel Inquisitor
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Betto di Signa
  La Bohème Colline
  Madama Butterfly Bonze
  Tosca Angelotti
  Turandot Timur
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Gremin
  Iolanta King René
  Mazeppa Filipp Orlik
Verdi Aida König
    Ramfis
  Attila Attila
  Don Carlo Filippo II
    Il Grande Inquisitore
  La forza del destino Marchese di Calatrava
    Padre Guardiano
  Les vêpres siciliennes Giovanni da Procida*
  Luisa Miller Il Conte di Walter
  Il trovatore Ferrando
  I masnadieri Massimiliano Moor
    Moser
  Nabucco Zaccaria
  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

*in preparation

Press

Herzog Blaubarts Burg / Salzburger Festspiele / 27.07.22 / swr.de
 

"Mika Kares ist ein fantastischer Blaubart mit schöner Stimme" 

Iolanta / Philharmonie Berlin / 15.01.22 /
opera-online.com


"firmly in the tradition of the great Finnish basses" 

Tristan und Isolde / Bayerische Staatsoper
München / 29.06.21 /  musik-heute.de


"Mika Kares fällt als berührender König Marke auf" 

Die Zauberflöte / Bayerische Staatsoper München / 01.02.20 / klassik-begeistert.de


"überzeugt als Sarastro [...] mit einem würdevollem warmen großflächigen Ton und einer unglaublichen inneren Ruhe" 

Nabucco / Deutsche Oper Berlin / 28.12.19 / onlinemerker.com


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

Nabucco / Deutsche Oper Berlin / 23.12.19 / opernmagazin.de


"gefiel durch seine voluminöse und volltönende Stimme" 

Don Giovanni / Lyric Opera of Chicago / 21.11.19 / dailyherald.com


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

Don Giovanni / Lyric Opera of Chicago / 18.11.19 / lebontravel-culture.com


"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 / chicago.suntimes.com


"offered a suitably stentorian performance the Commendatore" 

Mefistofele / Staatsoper Stuttgart / 17.06.19 / kultura-extra.de


"auch sängerisch der Höhepunkt des Abends" 

Mefistofele / Staatsoper Stuttgart / 17.06.19 / onlinemerker.com


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

Tannhäuser / Opera Zurich / 24.03.19 / onlinemerker.com


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

Mozart's Requiem / Symphony Center Chicago / 22.02.19 / chicagoclassicalreview.com


"sang with idiomatic point and drama as needed" 

Anna Bolena / Opéra de Lausanne / 05.02.19 / bachtrack.com


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

Simon Boccanegra / Opéra Bastille / 26.11.18 / operaexplorer.com


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

Simon Boccanegra / Opéra Bastille / 26.11.18 / wandererseite.com


"à l'expressivité du caractère" 

Simon Boccanegra / Opéra Bastille / 21.11.18 / operawire.com


"showing great experience and vocal nobility throughout" 

Simon Boccanegra / Opéra Bastille / 17.11.18 / ft.com


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

Simon Boccanegra / Opéra Bastille / 15.11.18 / forumopera.com


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

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


"fait ainsi une dèmonstration 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 eccellente 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 / 12.07.17 / bachtrack.com


"well-projected and appealingly phrased" 

La Favorite / Bayerische Staatsoper München / 27.06.17 / sueddeutsche.de


"in Gestalt des Ehrfurcht gebietenden Finnen Mika Kares" 

Aida / Théâtre de la Monnaie Brüssel / 21.05.17 / olyrix.com


"robuste voix de basse" 

Eugen Onegin / Wiener Staatsoper / 13.05.17 / onlinemerker.com
 

"eine wunderschöne, herrliche Bassstimme" 

Eugen Onegin / Wiener Staatsoper / 07.05.17 / onlinemerker.com


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

Eugen Onegin / Wiener Staatsoper / 06.05.17 / 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 / 23.03.16 / european-cultural-news.com


"Groß gewachsen und stimmmächtig" 

News

In the spotlight in Salzburg
At this year's Salzburger Festspiele, Mika will be on stage in the title role of Bartók's masterpiece BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE - a role for which Mika's recording with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (BIS) was also nominated for the 2022 Grammy.
The artistic team consists of Teodor Currentzis and Romeo Castellucci, who also led the acclaimed "Don Giovanni" with Mika in Salzburg in 2021. The role of Judith will be sung by Ausrine Stundyte.

All performance dates: 26./31.07. & 02./06./15./20.08.
Nominated for the 2022 Grammy!
The recording of Bartók’s ‘Bluebeard’s Castle’ with Mika Kares, Szilvia Vörös and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under Susanna Mälkki was nominated for a Grammy!
The CD, which was released on BIS in 2021 with Mika in the title role, was nominated in the category ‘Best Opera Recording’. We are crossing our fingers for Mika on April 4th!
 

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Tannhäuser/Hermann - Opera Zurich

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Don Giovanni/Il Commendatore - Lyric Opera of Chicago

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Don Giovanni/Il Commendatore - Lyric Opera of Chicago

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Eugene Onegin/Gremin - Wiener Staatsoper

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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

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
 
Tchaikovsky's 'Iolanta' in concert with Berliner Philharmoniker and Kirill Petrenko

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