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  • November
Mika Kares
Bass

BIOGRAPHY

His wide range of repertoire spans from the Italian and German masters (Verdi, Puccini, Mozart and Wagner) to the pillars of the Bel Canto tradition. Made his operatic debut at the age of 25 as Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) and started to build his international career. Mr. Kares sang from 2005 to 2010 at the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, where his repertoire included Filippo II (Don Carlo), Colline (La Bohéme), Massimiliano Moor (I masnadieri), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Sarastro (Die Zauberfl öte) and Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Fafner (Das Rheingold), Hunding (Die Walküre) and Fafner (Siegfried).

Since 2012 he appears in Opera Houses such as the Seattle Opera (USA), the Tampere Opera (Finland), the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Finnish National Opera, and the Palau de les Arts in Valencia. He has taken part in the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland and in the Verdi Festival in Parma. Also performed Daland (Der fl iegende Holländer) in a concert touring through Europe (Paris, Grenoble, Barcelona and the Konzerthaus Wien) with Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble under the baton of Marc Minkowski.

Among his recent highlights is a successful concert production of Don Giovanni (Masetto, Il Commendatore) at the Theater an der Wien conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Future plans include Norma (Oroveso) and a new production of La Favorite (Balthazar) at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Die Zauberfl öte (Sarastro) at the Oper Köln, Monteverdi’s Agrippina at the Theater an der Wien under the baton of Thomas Hengelbrock, Lohengrin (König Heinrich) at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Bruxelles, Le nozze di Figaro (Bartolo) at the Opernhaus Zürich, and at the Semperoper Dresden as Filippo II (Don Carlos).

Mr. Kares is also a much sought-after concert singer. In October 2013, he made his successful debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker, performing Mozart’s Requiem in Rome. Future highlights on the concert stage include the Petite Messe Solenelle at the Lucerne Festival with the Choir of the Bayerischen Rundfunks, conducted by Howard Arman, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with Soile Isokoski and Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony in Finland, Donizetti’s Requiem with the
Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra.

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