The distinguished Finnish bass, Mika Kares, studied with Professor Roland Herman at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Mr. Kares sings many varied roles but, in particular, has made a name for himself as a performer of Verdi, Wagner and Mozart.

From 2005, until the end of the 2010 season, he was an ensemble member with Baden State Opera. Guest performances have taken him worldwide to places including Barcelona, Bologna, Hong Kong, Munich, Paris, Parma, Salzburg, Seattle, Valencia and Vienna, where he has performed under the baton of many great conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, and Marc Minkowski.

Future engagements, at home and abroad, include:

  1. Norma / Oroveso and La Favorita / Balthasar at the Bavarian State Opera,
  2. Luisa Miller/ il Conte di Walter at the Graz Opera
  3. Lohengrin/ Heinrich der Vogler at La Monnaie du Munt Bruxelles,
  4. The Magic Flute/ Sarastro at the Opernhaus Köln,
  5. The Marriage of Figaro/ Bartolo at Opernhaus Zürich,
  6. Agrippina / Claudio at Theater an der Wien,
  7. Turandot/ TImur at the Bregenz Festival and Das Rheingold/ Wotan at RuhrTriennale.

Mr. Kares’s extensive concert repertoire is built around the Mozart Requiem and the Verdi Requiem, though he often performs Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Shostakovich´s 13th and 14th Symphony, Haydn’s Creation, and both the Stabat Mater and Petite messe solennelle from Rossini. Past and future engagements see him perform with highly-regarded orchestras such as the Wiener Philharmoniker, RTVE Orchestra, Madrid and the Beethoven Orchestra, Bonn.

Other roles in his repertoire include the title roles in Verdi’s Attila and in Boito’s Mefistofele, Filippo II in Don Carlos, Ramfis in Aida, il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Fasolt and Hunding in Des Ring der Nibelungen, Landgraf in Tannhäuser, Vodnik in Rusalka and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor. In 2009 he was awarded “Der Goldene Fächer”, which is given to Baden State Opera’s best singer. He also received Savonlinna Opera Festival’s Artist of the Year award in 2008.

Mr. Kares’s latest recording as Daland in Wagner’s 1841 version of The Flying Dutchman, released by Naivé in November 2013, has received high critical acclaim and was awarded CD of the Month, from Das Opernwelt magazine, and a Diapason d’Or (an award for outstanding classical music recordings given by reviewers of Diapason magazine in France). At the moment Mr. Kares is recording as Il Commendatore in Mozart´s Don Giovanni. This recording will be released by SONY Classical in 2015.

When he is not performing, Mr. Kares is also extremely active in other areas of cultural life. He writes columns for YLE (The Finnish Broadcasting Company) and runs his own blog on in which he offers insight into his life as an international opera singer. As an active vocal teacher he coaches and mentors students and several professionals through private lessons and masterclasses.

Mr. Kares is dedicated to improving and developing cultural life in Finland, most especially in the area of Western Finland where he was born. He founded a children’s songwriting competition, and he is also the Artistic Director of a Rauma Festivo- chamber music festival and Eurajoki Bel Canto- festival. It was because his dedication to the Arts that, in 2013, he was awarded a Culture Medal from Western Finland, and in 2011 he was given the Silver Order of Merit.