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Miles Mykkanen returns to Upper Peninsula

September 10, 2019

Award-winning operatic tenor Miles Mykkanen returns to Ironwood, Mich., this month in Crossroads, a one-man show featuring Dan Mykkanen on piano and directed by Colton Pometta. After a sold-out run in June 2018, Mykkanen returns to the Historic Ironwood Theatre for two concerts featuring stories about his life on and off stage. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 14.

Mykkanen grew up in the Western Upper Peninsula and went on to earn three degrees at The Juilliard School in New York City. He has garnered recognition on the world’s concert and operatic stages for his “focused, full-voiced tenor” (The New York Times).

Earlier this year he was named a 2019 Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. This winter he makes his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Wozzeck conducted by the company’s music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The performance will be broadcast in movie theaters around the world on Jan. 11, 2020 as part of the Met’s Live in HD series.

Upcoming performances also include the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s Another Time with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, in addition to appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, San Antonio Symphony, Opera Columbus, and Opéra de Lausanne.

Mykkanen recently debuted with Arizona Opera, Ravinia Festival, Palm Beach Opera as the titular character in Candide. Broadway World called Arizona’s production “The Best of All Possible Candides.” He celebrated Leonard Bernstein’s centennial as Candide at the Tanglewood Festival, the maestro’s summer home of nearly fifty years in western Massachusetts.

Highlights of the recent past include the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Silent Night” at Minnesota Opera, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Opera Philadelphia, Ariadne auf Naxos with The Cleveland Orchestra, in addition to concerts with the symphonies of Atlanta, Indianapolis, and New Jersey, the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center, and at the Marlboro Music Festival.

Mykkanen has given recitals at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall. PBS Great Performances produced a documentary of Renée Fleming’s American Voices festival in 2015, featuring Miles Mykkanen in a 

master class with Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster.

Tickets and more information at www.TheMilesShow.com.


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