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 appeared at many of the world's most prestigious opera theatres and festivals 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 and The Merry Widow), La Monnaie Bruxelles (Arnold in Guillaume Tell, Mitridate, re di Ponto), the Dutch National Opera (Libenskoff in Il viaggio a Reims), the Semperoper Dresden (Gianetto in La gazza ladra), the Aix-en-Provence Festival (Tempo in Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno) 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), the London Proms (Missa Solemnis conducted by Gardiner) and the Théâtre du Champs-Elysees Paris (Mitridate, re di Ponto).
Engagements of the 2016/17 season include the title roles of Les Contes d'Hoffmann at the Bavarian State Opera Munich, Orlando paladino at the Zurich Opera House, Mitridate, re di Ponto in London (Covent Garden), and of La damnation de Faust in Tokyo, at the London Proms, the Edinburgh Festival and the Berlioz Festival La Côte-Saint-André; his role debuts as Don José in Carmen at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées Paris and as Énée in Les Troyens at the Salle Érasme Strasbourg (recorded for Warner/Erato); Pirro in Ermione at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Tempo in Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno in Caen and Lille, Rosmonda d'Inghilterra and a bel canto concert in Florence, Pirro in Ermione in Lyon, Mendelssohn's Lobgesang at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, Alfredo in the second act of La traviata in a gala alongside Plácido Domingo at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the AIDS-Gala 2016 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and a Méhul-Recital in London. For Opera Rara he will record a Duprez programme.
He has worked with conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Mark Elder, Valery Gergiev, Fabio Luisi, Alberto Zedda, Michele Mariotti, Emmanuelle Haïm, Christophe Rousset 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 & Le Duc d'Albe (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 and Aureliano in Palmira from Pesaro (Opus Arte), Medea in Corinto from Martina Franca, Guillaume Tell from Bad Wildbad and Les Contes d'Hoffmann from Barcelona (Erato) are available on DVD/Blu-Ray.