Born and raised in the Ozarks in the USA, Michael Spyres grew up in a musical family. He is one of the most sought-after tenors of his generation and has been celebrated on the world’s most prestigious international opera houses, festivals and concert halls.
The 2021/2022 season saw his solo album debut for Warner/Erato, BariTenor, as well as his return as Florestan in Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fidelio at Opéra Comique in Paris, his role debut as Wagner’s Tristan in a concert version of 2nd Act with Opéra de Lyon, his role debut as Canio in Ruggiero Leoncavalli’s Pagliacci with the Ozarks Lyric Opera, his return as Gounod’s Roméo to the Houston Grand Opera, as well as his debut in the title role of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, a role he will reprise in summer in Aix-en-Provence, where he will also appear as Pollione in Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma. In addition to the opera stage, he made his recital debut with Mathieu Pordoy in Tourcoing, Toulouse, Nîmes and Paris. On the concert stage, he starred in Ravello, Milan (Teatro alla Scala), Vienna (Theater an der Wien), Strasbourg, Paris, Barcelona and Philadelphia.
In his meteoric rise, Michael Spyres has quickly established himself as one of the greatest singers of his generation and has sung at venues such as Metropolitan Opera in New York, Royal Opera, Covent Garden in London, Opéra National in Paris, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Teatro Real in Madrid, Gran Liceu in Barcelona, Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Monnaie in Brussels, Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, Semperoper in Dresden, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, and at festivals in Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh, the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, and the BBC Proms in London.
Since 2015, Michael Spyres has had the honour to be the Artistic Director of his hometown opera company, the Ozarks Lyric Opera.
He has worked with some of the world’s most renowned conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Andrew Davis, Mark Elder, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Edward Gardner, Valery Gergiev, Emmanuelle Haim, Thomas Hengelbrock, Fabio Luisi, Michele Mariotti, Riccardo Muti, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Kirill Petrenko, Evelino Pido, Christophe Rousset, Simone Young, and Alberto Zedda.