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Michael Spyres
Tenor

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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 Andrew Davis, Sir Mark Elder, Valery Gergiev, Fabio Luisi, Alberto Zedda, Michele Mariotti, Emmanuelle Haïm, Christophe Rousset 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, among them the Teatro alla Scala, Covent Garden, Bavarian State Opera, Zurich Opera House, Liceu Barcelona, Semperoper Dresden, the Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms, Aix-en-Provence and the Rossini Opera Festival.
Performances of the 2018/19 include his debuts at the Vienna State Opera as Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola and in Philadelphia as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, his role debuts as Florestan in Fidelio with the Basel Chamber Orchestra, as Gualtiero in Il pirata (Grand Théâtre de Genève), Chapelou in Le Postillon de Lonjumeau (Opéra Comique), in the title role of Vincent D'Indy's Fervaal (Festival de Radio France Occitanie Montpellier) and as Pollione in Norma (Zurich Opera House). On the concert platform he appears in Berlioz's Lélio (Carnegie Hall), the title role of La damnation de Faust (Strasbourg) as well as in concerts and recitals at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Oper Frankfurt and the Teatro Carlo Felice.
Recent engagements have included the title roles of La clemenza di Tito (Opéra Bastille), of Les contes d'Hoffmann (Bavarian State Opera), of Orlando paladino (Zurich Opera House), of Mitridate (Covent Garden), and of La damnation de Faust (BBC Proms, Edinburgh Festival, Berlioz Festival); Fernand in La favorite (Gran Teatre del Liceu), Vasco de Gama in a new production of L'Africaine (Oper Frankfurt), Don José in Carmen (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées), Énée in Les Troyens (Strasbourg, recorded for Warner), Alfredo in La traviata (Lyric Opera of Chicago) and Schubert's Messe Es-Dur D 950 (Salzburg Festival).
He has recorded Berlioz's Les Troyens (Erato), Rossini's La gazzetta, Otello, Le siège de Corinthe and Guillaume Tell (Naxos) as well as La petite messe solennelle (Naive), Donizetti's Les martyrs and Le Duc d'Albe (Opera Rara), Mazzoni's Antigono (Dynamic), Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots (ASO), Schumann's Faust-Szenen (ASO), Verdi's Otello (CSO) and his solo 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 and Les contes d'Hoffmann from Barcelona (Erato) are available on DVD/Blu-Ray.

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