Michael Spyres

Michael 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. 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 a specialist in the Bel Canto repertoire as well as Rossini and French Grand Opera. He was born in Mansfield (Missouri) where he grew up in a family of musicians. He began his studies in the U.S.A. and continued them at the Vienna Conservatory. He first sprang to international attention in 2008 in the title role of Rossini's »Otello« at the Rossini in Wildbad Festival and as an ensemble member of Deutsche Oper Berlin where he made his debut as Tamino in »Die Zauberflöte«. Performances of the 2019/2020 season include his house debuts at the Metropolitan Opera in the title role of »La damnation de Faust« and at the Theater an der Wien as Licinio in »La vestale«, the title part of »Benvenuto Cellini« at the Berlioz Festival, the Berliner Festspiele, the BBC Proms and in Versailles, the title role of »Les Contes d'Hoffmann« at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich as well as recitals and solo concerts in La Coruna, Strasbourg and Moscow. Engagements of the 2018/2019 season included his 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«, his role debuts as Florestan in concert performances of »Fidelio« with the Basel Chamber Orchestra, as Gualtiero in »Il pirata« at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, as Chapelou in »Le Postillon de Lonjumeau« in a new production at the Opéra Comique, in the title role of Vincent D'Indy's Fervaal at the Festival de Radio France Occitanie Montpellier and as Pollione in »Norma« at Opernhaus Zurich.  Recently he performed the title roles of »La clemenza di Tito« for his debut at the Opéra national of Paris, of »Les Contes d'Hoffmann« for his debut at the Bavarian State Opera Munich, of »Orlando paladino« for his Zurich Opera House debut, of »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; Fernand in »La favourite« at the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona, Vasco de Gama in a new production of »L'Africaine« at Oper Frankfurt, Don José in »Carmen« (role debut) at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Paris, Énée in »Les Troyens« (role debut) at the Salle Érasme Strasbourg (recorded for Warner/Erato).