Michael Spyres

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Michael Spyres is an American operatic tenor. He is particularly associated with the bel canto repertoire, especially the works of Rossini, and heroic roles in French grand opera.


Michael Spyres was born in 1979 in Missouri, USA, and studied singing at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria.[1] He won acclaim and international recognition for his performance in the title role of Rossini's Otello at the Rossini in Wildbad festival in Germany in 2008.[2] He made his debut at La Scala, Milan, in Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims in 2009 [1] and appeared the same year in the extremely demanding leading role of Raoul in Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots at Bard SummerScape in New York.[3] Since then, his career has taken him to the Royal Opera House, London, in the title role of Mozart's Mitridate, Re di Ponto,[1] to the Teatro Comunale, Bologna and La Monnaie, Brussels as Arnold in Rossini's Guillaume Tell.,[4] to Opéra National de Bordeaux for the title role in Berlioz' La Damnation de Faust[5] and to the Liceu, Barcelona, in the title role of Jacques Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann,[6] among many other engagements both in concerts and staged operas.[7] Spyres won widespread praise for his performance of the role of Vasco da Gama in Meyerbeer's L'Africaine at the Oper Frankfurt in 2018.[8] He sang the title role in a new production of Adolphe Adam's Le postillon de Lonjumeau at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in March 2019.[9] Spyres made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York in the title role of La damnation de Faust in 2020.[10]

His many recordings include Berlioz's Les Troyens (title role of Énée), Requiem, Rossini's Otello, Guillaume Tell and Le siège de Corinthe for Naxos Records, Les Huguenots for American Symphony Orchestra and the solo album Espoir for Opera Rara.[11]

Michael Spyres is the artistic director of Springfield Regional Opera, USA.[12]


  1. ^ a b c "Michael Spyres — People — Royal Opera House". www.roh.org.uk. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  2. ^ International, MusicWeb. "ROSSINI Otello - NAXOS 8.660275-76 [RH]: Classical Music Reviews - June 2010 MusicWeb-International". www.musicweb-international.com. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Opera Today : Les Huguenots at Bard SummerScape 2009". www.operatoday.com. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Guillaume Tell, Rossini. Brussels". Opera World (in Spanish). 12 March 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  5. ^ "La Damnation de Faust à l'Auditorium de Bordeaux – Un sauveur nommé Spyres - Compte-rendu". Concertclassic (in French). 23 February 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Michael Spyres - Liceu) - Jacques Offenbach - Critique DVD". Tutti-magazine (in French).
  7. ^ "BIO". Michael Spyres - Tenor.
  8. ^ "Meyerbeers Oper L`Africaine in Frankfurt - Faust Kultur". faustkultur.de (in German).
  9. ^ Brodie, Susan. "Old French Delight Is Polished Anew By Opéra Comique | Classical Voice North America". Classical Voice North America. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Metropolitan Opera Association". archives.metoperafamily.org. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Recordings". Michael Spyres - Tenor.
  12. ^ "Artistic". SPRINGFIELD REGIONAL OPERA. Retrieved 2 November 2018.

Selected recordings[edit]

  • Gaetano Donizetti, Le Duc d'Albe, Michael Spyres, Henri de Bruges, Angela Meade, Hélène d'Egmont, Laurent Naouri, Le Duc d'Albe, Sandoval, David Stout, Opera para Chorus, Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Sir Mark Elder. 2 CD Opera rara 2015
  • Hector Berlioz, Les Troyens, Joyce DiDonato- Didon, Marie-Nicole Lemieux- Cassandre, Stéphane Degout- Chorèbe, Michael Spyres- Enée, Cyrille Dubois- Iopas, Mariane Crebassa- Ascagne, Nicolas Courjal- Narbal, Les Chœurs de l'Opéra National du Rhin, Badischer Staatsopernchor, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, conducted by John Nelson. 4 CD + 1 DVD Warner 2017. Diapason d'or, Choc de Classica.
  • Hector Berlioz, Requiem, Michael Spyres, ténor, London Philharmonic Choir,, Philharmonia Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by John Nelson. 2 CD + 1 DVD Erato 2019. Choc de Classica.
  • Hector Berlioz, La Damnation de Faust, Michael Spyres- Faust, Joyce DiDonato- Marguerite, Nicolas Courjal- Méphistophélès, Alexandre Duhamel- Brander, Les Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg, Maîtrise de l'Opéra National du Rhin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, conducted by John Nelson. 2 CD + 1 DVD Warner classics 2019. Diapason d'or.
  • Hector Berlioz, Benvenuto Cellini, Michael Spyres, Benvenuto Cellini, Sophia Burgos, Teresa, Maurizio Murano, Balducci, Adèle Charvet, Ascanio, Lionel Lhote, Fieramosca, Tareq Nazmi, le pape Clément, Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, directing Noa Naamat, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner. 1 DVD Château de Versailles spectacles 2019
  • Charles Gounod, La Nonne sanglante, Laurence Equilbey, Conductor, Insula Orchestra, Choeur Accentus, Michael Spyres (Rodolphe), Marion Lebeque (La nonne sanglante), Vannina Santoni, (Agnès), Jérôme Boutillier (Le Comte), Jodi Devos (Arthur), Jean Teitgen (Pierre L'Ermite), Luc Bertin-Hugault (Le baron), Enquerrand De Hys (Fritz), stage Director David Bobée. DVD or Blu-ray Naxos 2019.
  • Antonin Dvorak, Stabat Mater, Eri Nakamura, Elisabeth Kulman, Michael Syres, Jongmin Park, Czech Philarmonic Orchestra, Prague Philarmonic Choir, conducted by Jiri Bëlohlávek. CD Decca 2020
  • Antonin Dvorak, Requiem, Biblical songs, Te Deum, Michael Spyres, Jan Martinik, Ailyn Pérez, Christianne Stotijn, conductors, Jakub Hrusa, Jiri Belohlavek, CD Decca 2020

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