Michael Spyres was born and raised in the Ozarks and grew up in a family of musicians. 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 Spyres has worked with some of the world’s most renowned conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Mark Elder, Valery Gergiev, Michele Mariotti, Alberto Zedda, and Evelino Pidò. 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-Élysées, Opéra de Lyon, Opéra de Dijon, and the Chicago Lyric Opera.
In addition to his operatic career, Michael Spyres is equally accomplished within the concert world and has given concerts and recitals in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Pesaro, Bologna, Napoli, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Cape Town, Shanghai, Vienna, Dresden, Munich, Paris, Amsterdam, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
Recent engagements have included the title role of La Damnation de Faust (National Philharmonic of Warsaw), Pirro in Rossini’s Ermione (La Coruna), Camille des Rosillion in Lehar’s Lustige Witwe (Chicago Lyric), the title role of Mozart’s Mitridate, re di Ponto (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées) and Brussels (La Monnaie), Tempo in Handel’s Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno (Aix-en-Provence Festival) as well as Rodrigo in Rossini’s La Donna del Lago (ROF).
Operatic engagements in the near future include Faust in Berlioz’s Damnation de Faust (Tokyo Symphony), Enrico II in Donizetti’s Rosmonda d’Inghilterra (Teatro Maggio Musicale), Pirro in Rossini’s Ermione (Opéra de Lyon and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées), Tempo in Handel’s Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno (Opéra de Lille and Caen), Don José in Bizet’s Carmen (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées), the title role of Haydn’s Orlando Paladino (Opernhaus Zurich), as well as his return to the title role of Mitridate, re di Ponto in London (Covent Garden).
Michael Spyres has recorded Donizetti’s Les Martyrs, Le duc d’Albe (Opera Rara), Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, La gazzetta, Otello, Le Siège de Corinthe (Naxos), and Petite Messe Solennelle (Naive), Mazzoni’s Antigono (Dynamic), Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots (ASO), Schumann’s Faust-Szenen (ASO), Verdi’s Otello (CSO) and his solo recital album A Fool For Love (Delos). Ciro in Babilonia (Opus Arte), Aureliano in Palmira (Arthaus), Guillaume Tell (Bongiovanni), and Les Contes d’Hoffmann from Barcelona (Erato) are available on DVD/Blu-Ray.