Miles Mykkanen

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.”

Mykkanen’s schedule includes return engagements at The Metropolitan Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Staatsoper Hamburg, Royal Opera at Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, and the Opéra de Lausanne. The Bessemer native has sung under the batons of Sir Antonio Pappano, Marek Janowski, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sebastian Weigle, Leonardo García Alarcón, Franz Welser-Möst, Manfred Honeck, Leonard Slatkin, and Nic McGegan in performances at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Carnegie Hall, The Cleveland Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival, New York Philharmonic, The Kennedy Center and the symphonies of Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, New Jersey, Oregon, and Pittsburgh.

He can be seen on PBS Great Performances “Renée Fleming’s American Voices” and the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD broadcasts of Boris Godunov, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Wozzeck.

Miles Mykkanen is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and The Juilliard School. He is the Artistic Director of the Emberlight Festival in Ironwood, MI.



  • World premiere of Mohammed Fairouz' "Another Time" with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra


  • Clip from ANOTHER TIME, a symphony for tenor by Mohammed Fairouz with poems by W.H. Auden (World premiere with Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Nov 2019)

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