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 (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.
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.
His 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.
In addition to the revival of La Favorite and Lucia di Lammermoor/Raimondo at the Bayerische Staatsoper, engagements of the season 2017/18 include La Bohème/Colline at Teatro Real in Madrid, Die Zauberflöte/Sarastro at the Royal Opera House London, Luisa Miller/Walter in Zürich, Il trovatore/Ferrando in Paris, as well as I masnadieri/Massimiliano in Bilbao.
As a concert singer, Mika Kares worked with institutions such as the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Radio 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 and Missa solemnis, Shostakovich's 13th and 14th Symphonies, Mozart's Requiem, and Haydn's Creation.
In the season 2017/18 he can be heard on the concert stages of the Ruhrtriennale and the Savonlinna Festival in Missa solemnis as well as in Munich in Rossini's Stabat Mater with the Rundfunkchor- und Orchester Munich.
For the coming 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 at the conductor's stand, 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'sStabat Mater in Utrecht with Marcus Creed.