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Michael Spyres

Michael Spyres

Tenor

Michael Spyres was born in Mansfield, Missouri in 1980 and studied in the US (initially training as a baritone) and Vienna, where he sang with the Arnold Schoenberg Choir; his breakthrough role was in Rossini’s La Gazzetta at the Bad Wildbad Festival in 2007, followed by the same composer’s Otello the next year. Endowed with an almost baritonal timbre coupled with a powerful extreme high register, he is now in great demand for the high-lying roles of nineteenth-century French repertoire as well as for Italian bel canto, with repertoire including Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini and Faust, Gounod’s Faust and Rodolphe in La nonne sanglante, Offenbach’s Hoffmann and Donizetti’s Fernand (La favorite) as well as Rossini’s Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Arnold (Guillaume Tell) and Don Ramiro (La cenerentola).

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Further Reading: Michael Spyres

 Recording of the Week, John Nelson conducts Les Troyens

Joyce DiDonato and Michael Spyres triumph as the doomed lovers in Berlioz's Classical epic, recorded live in Strasbourg earlier this year.

 Interview, Michael Spyres on Espoir

The American tenor talks to Katherine about his tribute to the pioneering French tenor Gilbert Duprez, out on Friday on Opera Rara.

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