Photo: Richard Termine Production: Mary Birnbaum
Photo: Richard Termine Production: Mary Birnbaum
Le nozze di Figaro
Photo: Richard Termine Production: Stephen Wadsworth
"Miles Mykkanen was a knockout as Lensky. The Russian language brought out a squillante quality in his tenor, thrilling to hear in the confines of the Willson Theater. The lyric intensity of his singing made each moment count, and the duel-scene aria was a stretch of sheer vocal gold."
"In the title role, Miles Mykkanen portrayed the earnest, naïve sincerity of the young man who meets life’s most extraordinary vicissitudes with a determination to make the best of all possible worlds even better; physically and vocally, he was an ideal Candide."
The New York Times
"I had my favorites, including a few I was sure would win. One was Miles Mykkanen, a tenor who brought the house down with a melting performance of Nadir’s aria from Bizet’s “Les Pêcheurs de Perles” (“The Pearl Fishers”). He was among the five winners."
"The focused, full-voiced tenor Miles Mykkanen and the poised countertenor Eric Jurenas performed with eerie calm, the effect of the piece all the more intense because they looked unnervingly similar.”
"It was very easy to lose oneself in Miles Mykkanen’s voice: even at his loudest he sang with a ravishing yet tender tone, as if caressing each note with his voice. Lensky’s aria from Eugene Onegin was the perfect choice for Mykkanen, showcasing his sugar-plum pianissimo and soaring head voice.
His performance of “Je crois entendre encore” from Les Pêcheurs de Perles was the musical highlight of the program, Mykkanen bringing out a velvety glow even in Bizet’s more declamatory phrases. The tenor’s smoothness and control (especially evident in his finely-spun high register) gave a sense of time-stopping weightlessness to Bizet’s sweeping musical gestures."
"Throughout, Mykkanen maintains a formidable brightness that allows his character to believably fight off the understandable despair that he feels at each more demoralizing turn. When he delivers the show's final song, "Make Our Garden Grow," all of the earned emotion comes seeping out of his voice in an overwhelmingly affecting way. His voice is strikingly pure, but also powerful, allowing the audience to accept that his otherworldly innocence is in fact authentic."
"I love Lenski's aria, "Kuda, kuda...," from Tchaikovsky's EUGENE ONEGIN, but haven't been particularly wild for the most recent versions at the Met--until tenor Miles Mykkanen took the stage and showed why he was chosen among the competition's standouts, with a soul-searing performance. He showed his strengths as an artist and vocal witchcraft, again, with "Je crois..." from Bizet's PECHEURS DE PERLES, spinning out a fine line that was pure magic."
Minnesota Star Tribune
South Florida Classical Review
"Palm Beach Opera has fielded a dream cast that does full justice to Bernstein’s memorable melodies. In the title role, Miles Mykkanen’s boyish demeanor, dulcet lyric tenor and reserves of vocal power and stamina perfectly embodied the naive protagonist. Mykkanen actually made one believe that Candide could endure war, poverty and the death and enslavement of friends and lovers and still remain optimistic. His sheer theatrical aplomb almost overshadows his subtle vocal artistry. He movingly captured the pathos of “It Must Be So” and “Is This All Then?” Mykkanen’s English diction was absolutely clear, whether singing or in spoken dialogue.”
"Next came tenor Miles Mykkanen, whose first selection was Lenski’s aria, “Kuda, kuda, kuda vy udalilis” from Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin.” After the soft but unsettled introduction from the cellos, Mykkanen opened with a poignant sorrow made all the more touching by his crisp diction. Through his rendition, it was not uncommon to hear a biting dejection tinge the end of his phrases, as he employed softly rolling consonants to begin stanzas. After working himself up to Lenski’s dramatic heights awaiting a duel to the death, Mykkanen de-escalated wonderfully with the way he sighed the phrase “akh, Olga, ya tebya lyubil!” His second aria, “Je crois entendre encore,” from Bizet’s “Les Pecheurs de Perles,” was of a similar romantic focus, yet Mykkanen’s artistry made this number no less mesmerizing. Nadir’s inner conflict was given with a gorgeous, expression as Mykkanen sustained these delicate tones with great control, earning the huge applause which followed."
"As Jontek, Mykkanen showed a sturdy and ardent sound. His voice carried throughout the hall and physically he was the most active running through the stage with a stand or walking away from his music to interact with the rest of the cast. But where he impressed the most was during his act four aria. While he sang with a passionate and ardent timbre throughout the evening, this aria allowed the tenor to display the subtle pianos in his voice as well as the tender qualities the instrument can produce."
Late Winter Voices
DC Theatre Scene
"I immediately knew this was a voice in whose presence I could just sit back and enjoy. Mykkanen demonstrated that he could hit the back wall of a Broadway theatre with his sound but he could also draw us in by pulling back and sounding intimate."
"Another singer who sounded Russian–and uncannily so, yet without any of the drawbacks associated with Russian tenors–was Miles Mykkanen, who offered a gorgeously lyrical Lensky.”