Michael Spyres made his HGO debut in 2020 as Fernand in La favorite. His career has established him as a specialist in the bel canto repertoire as well as Rossini and French grand opera. He first sprang to international attention as Rossini's Otello at the 2008 Rossini in Wildbad Festival and as an ensemble member of Deutsche Oper Berlin. Engagements have taken him to opera houses and festivals in the U.S. and abroad, including the Metropolitan Opera (La damnation de Faust), Teatro alla Scala (Belfiore in Il viaggio a Reims, Rodrigo in La donna del lago), Royal Opera House (Rodrigo in Mitridate, Re di Ponto), Paris National Opera (La Clemenza di Tito), Vienna State Opera (La Cenerentola), Bavarian State Opera (The Tales of Hoffman), Gran Teatre del Liceu (Hoffmann, Mitridate), Teatro Real Madrid (Pollione in Norma), Opernhaus Zürich (Orlando in Paladino, Pollione in Norma), Lyric Opera Chicago (Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Rossilon in The Merry Widow), Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms, Aix-en-Provence, and Rossini Opera Festival. Spyres has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonics, Vienna Philharmonics, and Gewandhaus Orchestra, singing with conductors Davis, Elder, Gardiner, Gardner, Gergiev, Haïm, Luisi, Mariotti, Muti, Nézet-Séguin, Petrenko, Pidò, Rousset, Young, and Zedda. He completed his studies at the Vienna Conservatory.