Michael Spyres 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 was a Young Artist with Opera Theatre Saint Louis, where he made his main stage operatic debut as Rodolfo in La Bohème.
After his debut at the Teatro San Carlo of Naples in 2006 as Jaquino in Fidelio, Spyres performed the role of Alberto from Rossini's La Gazzetta at the Bad Wildbad Rossini Festival and toured Japan as Alfredo in La Traviata. He returned to Bad Wildbad in July 2008 for his role debut as Rossini’s Otello.
For the 2008/2009 season, Michael Spyres became member of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he performed roles such as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer. Other important engagements in 2008/2009 were his UK debut in London as Fernand in La Favorite, his debut at the Teatro alla Scala di Milano as Belfiore in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims as well as the role of Raoul in Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots at the SummerScape Festival in New York.
Important engagements in 2009/2010 were Bernstein’s Candide at the Vlaamse Opera, his debut with Opera Ireland as Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Néocle in Rossini's Le siège de Corinthe at the Wildbad Rossini Festival as well as Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette at the Salzburg Festival. In May 2010, Spyres performed the role of Ozìa in Mozart’s Betulia Liberata with Riccardo Muti at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival and subsequently in Ravenna.
Roles in 2010/2011 included Tamino in Liège, the title role in Mazzoni's Antigono in Lisbon, Gianetto in Rossini's La gazza ladra at the Semperoper Dresden, Ramiro in La Cenerentola at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Arnold in Rossini's Guillaume Tell at the Caramoor Festival.
In October 2011, he returned to La Scala as Rodrigo in Rossini's La donna del lago. Further engagements during the 2011/2012 season included a tour of Beethoven's 9th Symphony with John Eliot Gardiner in the UK and Germany, Candide at the Opera di Roma, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Minnesota Opera, Masaniello in Auber's La Muette de Portici in Paris, Berlioz's Requiem with John Eliot Gardiner at the St Denis Festival as well as Baldassare in Rossini's Ciro in Babilonia at the Caramoor Festival and at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro.
In 2012/2013, Michael Spyres debuted at the Liceu Barcelona as Hoffmann in a prestigious new production of Les Contes d'Hoffmann. Other engagements include Faust in Berlioz' La damnation de Faust at the Vlaamse Opera, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and the 9th Symphony at the Carnegie Hall and in Costa Mesa with John Eliot Gardiner, Orombello in Bellini's Beatrice di Tenda at the Carnegie Hall, Masaniello in La Muette de Portici in Bari, Verdi's Messa da Requiem in Porto, Leicester in Maria Stuarda in Washington, Candide at the Vlaamse Opera and Rodrigo in Rossini’s La donna del lago for his Covent Garden debut and in concert at the Pesaro Rossini Festival, where he will also be singing a recital. In summer 2013, he will sing and and record Arnold in Guillaume Tell at the Bad Wildbad Rossini Festival.
Performances of the 2013/2014 season include concerts of La damnation de Faust with the Utah Symhony Orchestra in Salt Lake City and with Valery Gergiev in London, his debut at Lyric Opera Chicago as Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Gala Concerts at the Opéra Comique in Paris and at the Bad Wildbad Festival, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle at the St Denis Festival as well as a new production of Benvenuto Cellini at the English National Opera.
Other future performances will lead him to Covent Garden for a new production of Idomeneo, to Amsterdam as Conte di Libenskoff in Il viaggio a Reims, to Paris as Mozart's Mitridate, as Faust in La damnation de Faust to Munich and as Tempo in Händel's Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno to the Aix-en-Provence Festival.
Michael Spyres has recorded Rossini's La Gazzetta, Otello and Le siège de Corinthe for Naxos. His first Solo CD “A Fool For Love” was released in September 2011.