American tenor Michael Spyres made his Royal Opera debut in 2013 as Rodrigo (La donna del lago). In the 2016/17 Season he returns to sing the title role of Mitridate, re di Ponto.
Spyres grew up in Mansfield, Missouri, and studied in the USA and at the Vienna Conservatory. He came to international acclaim in 2008 when he sang the title role in Rossini’s Otello for the Rossini in Wildbad Belcanto Opera Festival. His many other engagements in bel canto repertory include Rodrigo for La Scala, Milan, and Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, Cavalier Belfiore (Il viaggio a Reims) for La Scala, the title role in Aureliano in Palmira and Baldassare (Ciro in Babilonia) for the Rossini Opera Festival, Giannetto (La gazza ladra) for Semperoper Dresden, Conte di Libenskof (Il viaggio a Reims) for Dutch National Opera and Arnold (Guillaume Tell) for Teatro Comunale, Bologna, and La Monnaie, Brussels.
Spyres’s engagements in other repertory include Hoffmann (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) for Liceu, Barcelona, Mitridate for La Monnaie and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Faust (La Damnation de Faust) for Opéra National de Bordeaux and Opera Vlaanderen, Benvenuto Cellini for English National Opera, Enée (Les Troyens) in concert with Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Don José (Carmen) for Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Ozia (Betulia liberata) for Salzburg Festival, Masaniello (La Muette de Portici) in Bari, Alfred (Die Fledermaus) and Camille de Rosillon (Die lustige Witwe) for Lyric Opera of Chicago and Candide for Opera Vlaanderen and Rome Opera. His many recordings include the solo album A Fool for Love (Delos). He is Artistic Director of Springfield Regional Opera.
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American tenor replaces Colin Lee in the role of Rodrigo.