Finnish bass Mika Kares is one of the most sought-after performers of his generation. After completing his studies at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, he made his professional stage debut as Mozart’s Figaro and from 2005 to 2010 was a member of the Baden State Theatre in Karlsruhe. Since then he has appeared all over the world at major opera houses and important festivals that include the Paris Opéra, the Bavarian, Dresden and Vienna State Operas, La Scala, Milan, the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Among the conductors with whom he has worked are Kent Nagano, Teodor Currentzis, Fabio Luisi, Marc Minkowski, Alain Altinoglu, Thomas Hengelbrock, Zubin Mehta and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Highlights of recent seasons have included Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra) at the Paris Opéra, Landgrave Hermann (Tannhäuser) and Walter (Luisa Miller) at the Zurich Opera, the title role in Mefistofele in a new production of Boito’s opera at the Stuttgart State Opera, Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) at Covent Garden, the Commendatore (Don Giovanni) for the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and at the 2016 Salzburg Festival, Balthazar (La Favorite) and Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor) at the Bavarian State Opera and at the Munich Opera Festival, Enrico VIII (Anna Bolena) in Lausanne and Wotan (Das Rheingold) at the Ruhrtriennale.
Mika Kares is also in demand as a concert singer whose broad repertoire encompasses key works from the Baroque to the 20th century, which he has sung with leading orchestras that include the Vienna Philharmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Radio Orchestra. He recently performed in Mozart’s Requiem with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Oslo Philharmonic under Jun Märkl, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Helsinki Philharmonic under Eva Ollikainen and Rossini’s Stabat Mater under Marcus Creed in Utrecht.
Plans include Beethoven’s Ninth under Sakari Oramo at the BBC Proms, the Grand Inquisitor (Don Carlos) at the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Commendatore at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Sarastro and Massimiliano (I masnadieri) at the Bavarian State Opera and Prince Ivan Khovansky (Khovanshchina) at the Berlin State Opera.