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.
Spyres 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.
Since then he has made his debuts at some of the most prestigious opera theatres and festivals worldwide such as the Teatro alla Scala (Belfiore in Il viaggio a Reims and subsequently Rodrigo in La donna del lago), the Salzburg Festival (Betulia Liberata), the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (La donna del lago), the Liceu Barcelona (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), the Lyric Opera of Chicago (Die Fledermaus), La Monnaie Bruxelles (Arnold in Guillaume Tell), the Dutch National Opera (Libenskoff in Il viaggio a Reims), the Semperoper Dresden (Gianetto in La gazza ladra), the Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro (Baldassare in Ciro in Babilonia, a solo recital, Rodrigo in La donna del lago and the title role of Aureliano in Palmira) and the London Proms (Missa Solemnis conducted by Gardiner).
Upcoming engagements include the title role of La damnation de Faust in Warsaw and in Tokyo, Pirro in Ermione in La Coruna, Lyon and Paris, Giasone in Mayr's Medea in Corinto at the Festival della Valle d'Itria Martina Franca, Rossilon in The Merry Widow at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Tempo in Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno at the Aix-en-Provence Festival as well as the title part of Mitridate, re di Ponto in Paris (Théâtre des Champs Elysées), London (Covent Garden) and Brussels (La Monnaie).
He has worked with conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Alberto Zedda and Evelino Pidò.
Michael Spyres has recorded 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 (Opera Rara), Mazzoni's Antigono (Dynamic), Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots (ASO), Schumann's Faust-Szenen (ASO), Verdi's Otello (CSO) and his solo album A Fool For Love (Delos). Ciro in Babilonia from Pesaro (Opus Arte) and Les Contes d'Hoffmann from Barcelona (Erato) are available on DVD/Blu-Ray.