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 inLa Bohème.
Following his debut at the Teatro San Carlo of Naples in 2006 as Jaquino in Fidelio Spyres performed the role of Alberto in 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 and his role debut as 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, Néoclès in Rossini's Le siège de Corinthe at the Wildbad Rossini Festival and 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 of the 2011/2012 season included a tour of Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Sir John Eliot Gardiner in the UK and Germany, Candide at Rome Opera, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Minnesota Opera, Masaniello in Auber's La Muette de Portici in Paris, Berlioz's Requiem with 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 in the title role of a new production of Les Contes d'Hoffmann.at the Liceu Barcelona and as Rodrigo in a new production of La donna del lago at Covent Garden. Further performances included 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 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 DC, Candide at the Vlaamse Opera and Rodrigo in La donna del lago at the Pesaro Rossini Festival, where he was also singing a much acclaimed solo concert. In summer 2013 he sang and recorded Arnold in Guillaume Tell at the Rossini in Wildbad 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 and the London Symphony Orchestra in London, his debuts at Lyric Opera Chicago as Alfred in Die Fledermaus and at La Monnaie in Brussels as Arnold in Guillaume Tell, new productions of Benvenuto Cellini at the English National Opera and of Aureliano in Palmira at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, Gala Concerts at the Opéra Comique in Paris and at the Bad Wildbad Festival, Rossini's La petite messe solennelle at the St Denis Festival and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis at the London Proms conducted by Gardiner.
Further future engagements will lead him to the Berlioz-Festival in La Côte-Saint-André as Faust in La damnation de Faust, to Bologna as Arnold in Guillaume Tell, to Amsterdam as Conte di Libenskoff in Il viaggio a Reims, to the Opéra Comique in Paris as Baron de Mergy in Hérold's Le pré aux clercs, to La Coruna as Pirro in Ermione under the baton of Maestro Zedda, to Paris (Théâtre des Champs Elysées) and London (Covent Garden) as Mozart's Mitridate, as Tempo in Händel's Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno to the Aix-en-Provence Festival and as Camille de Rosillon in The Merry Widow to the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Michael Spyres has recorded Rossini's La gazzetta, Otello, Le siège de Corinthe and Guillaume Tell (Naxos), 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.