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A winner of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Miles Mykkanen has garnered recognition on the world’s concert and operatic stages for his “focused, full-voiced tenor” (The New York Times).  Of his performance in the title role of Candide at Tanglewood, it was reported in Opera, “Mykkanen sang and spoke feelingly and superbly, with crystalline diction, a powerful lyric sound seemingly capable of infinite dynamic gradations.”

Miles Mykkanen returns to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera for no less than three productions in the 2021-22 season: Boris Godunov conducted by Sebastian Weigle, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg led by Sir Antonio Pappano, and Ariadne auf Naxos with Marek Janowski.  He debuts at Lyric Opera of Chicago debut under the baton of Enrique Mazzola in the company’s new production by James Darrah of Proving Up, by Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek, and at the Festival d’Aix en Provence in L’incoronazione di Poppea in a new production by Ted Huffman conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón.  Additional season highlights include The Rake’s Progress at the Lakes Area Music Festival conducted by Christian Reif and Fidelio at Austin Opera led by Timothy Myers.  Concert engagements feature performances of Messiah in a debut with the Oregon Symphony under the leadership of David Danzmayr and a Lieder recital program of Beethoven and Schubert under the auspices of the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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"A cette voix... Je crois entendre encore" from Les pêcheurs de perles

Miles Mykkanen, tenor
John Arida, piano

Recorded in Scorca Hall at Opera America

Finale from "Another Time" (Mohammed Fairouz): Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Slatkin, Mykkanen

Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Miles Mykkanen, tenor

Peter Quint's aria from The Turn of the Screw

Miles Mykkanen, tenor
John Arida, piano

Recorded in Scorca Hall at Opera America

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Montclair State University Singers
Ying Fang, soprano
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