Michael Spyres


One of his generation’s most celebrated tenors internationally, the Missouri native appears this season in the title roles/Les contes d’Hoffmann (Munich Opera Festival), Haydn’s Orlando paladino (Zurich Opera House), and Mitridate, re di Ponto (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden). The latter role has previously earned Spyres acclaim at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels) and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. Other recent successes include the title role/La damnation de Faust (Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Opéra de Bordeaux, National Philharmonic of Warsaw), Rossini’s Ermione (Paris, Lyon, La Coruña), Handel’s Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno (Aix-en-Provence), and Carmen (Paris). Highly praised in many of the most demanding bel canto roles, Spyres has triumphed in rarely encountered works such as Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda (Carnegie Hall), Auber’s La muette de Portici (Paris, Bari), Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots (New York’s SummerScape Festival), and Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini (London’s English National Opera). Other important engagements in Rossini repertoire include Guillaume Tell (Bologna, Caramoor Festival, La Monnaie), La Cenerentola (Bologna), La donna del lago (La Scala, Covent Garden, Pesaro), and many more. Among the tenor’s recordings are Les contes d’Hoffmann (DVD, Barcelona), Aureliano in Palmira (DVD, Rossini Opera Festival), and a solo album, “A Fool For Love.”

Previously at Lyric: Celebrating Plácido (2106|17); Camille de Rosillon/The Merry Widow (2015|16); Alfred/Die Fledermaus (2013I14).

Last updated: March 9, 2017