Michael Spyres was born and raised in the Ozarks and grew up in an extremely musical family. Mr. Spyres is one of the most sought after Tenors of his generation and has been celebrated at many of the most prestigious international opera houses, festivals and concert halls. Accomplished and acclaimed in the widest range of repertoire his career has taken him from the genres of Baroque to Classical to 20th century while firmly establishing himself as an expert within the Bel Canto repertoire as well as within Rossini and French Grand Opera.
Michael has worked with some of the world's most renowned conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Mark Elder, Valery Gergiev, Emmannuelle Haim, Sir Andrew Davis, Evelino Pidò , Fabio Luisi, Michele Mariotti, and Alberto Zedda . In his meteoric rise Michael has quickly established himself as one of the greatest singers of his generation and has already sung at many of the world's most prestigious Opera houses and festivals worldwide such as Teatro San Carlo, Teatro La Scala, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Opera National de Bordeaux, Opera Comique, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Minnesota Opera, Opera Theatre Saint Louis, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Nederlands National Opera, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Opéra de Lyon, Opéra de Dijon, and the Chicago Lyric Opera.
In addition to his operatic career Mr. Spyres is equally accomplished within the concert world and has given concerts and recitals in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Prague, Pesaro, Bologna, Napoli, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Cape Town, Shanghai, Vienna, Dresden, Munich, Paris, Amsterdam, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago,
In the 2018/19 season Michael will debut at the Vienna State Opera as Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola and at the Philadelphia Opera as Edgardo in a new staging of Lucia di Lammermoor. Michael will also make his role debuts as Florestan in concert performances of Beethonven's Fidelio with the Basel Chamber Orchestra, as Gualtiero in Bellini's Il pirata at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, as Chapelou in Adam's Le Postillon de Lonjumeau in a new production at the Opéra Comique, and as Pollione in Norma at Opernhaus Zurich. On the concert platform he will perform Berlioz's Lélio at the Carnegie Hall, record and perform his signature role with Warner/Erato as Faust in Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust, and perfrom recitals at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Opera Bordeaux, Oper Frankfurt and the Teatro Carlo Felice of Genoa.
Recently he performed the title roles of Les contes d'Hoffmann at the Bavarian State Opera Munich, Orlando paladino at the Zurich Opera House, Mitridate, re di Ponto in London (Covent Garden), and of La damnation de Faust at the London Proms, the Edinburgh Festival and the Berlioz Festival La Côte-Saint-André; Don José in Carmen (role debut) at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Paris and, Énée in Les Troyens (role debut) at the Salle Érasme Strasbourg (recorded for Warner/Erato) and Alfredo in the second act of La traviata in the Domingo Gala at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Future seasons will see his debuts at the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Vienna State Opera, and the Opera Philadelphia as well as his return to the Opéra National of Paris, Théatre Champs Elysée, Opéra Comique and to the Zurich Opera House.
Michael Spyres has recorded Donizetti's Les Martyrs, Le duc d'Albe (Opera Rara), Dvorak’s Stabat Mater (Decca), Herold’s Les Pres aux Clercs (BruZane), Mayr’s Medea in Corinto (Dynamic), Mazzoni's Antigono (Dynamic), Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang (LSO), Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots (ASO), Rossini's Guillaume Tell, La gazzetta, Otello, Le siège de Corinthe (Naxos), and Petite Messe Solennelle (Naive), Schumann's Faust-Szenen (ASO), Verdi's Otello (CSO) Berlioz's Les Troyens (Erato), and his two solo recital albums A Fool For Love (Delos) and Espoir (Opera Rara)
Ciro in Babilonia and Aureliano in Palmira from Pesaro (Opus Arte), Medea in Corinto from Martina Franca, Guillaume Tell from Bad Wildbad (Dynamic), Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno from Aix en Provence (Warner), Mitridate, Re di Ponto from Theatre des Champs-Eysees and Les Contes d'Hoffmann from Barcelona (Erato) are all available on DVD/Blu-Ray.