Michael Spyres is a young American (born in Mansfield Missouri) tenor who is just coming to international attention. He has a rich lyric tenor that is bright and focused. Spyres has just about the rarest gift that can be bestowed on a tenor; he can sing softly with full vocal support. The next few years will be critical for his development. If he can maintain good vocal production he could be a force on the operatic scene.

Here is the great 4th act duet from Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots. He performed this opera at the SummerScape Festival in 2009. The soprano is Alexandra Deshorties.  Tu m’aimes, duet act 4. This duet presages the equally marvelous duet in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera.

Deshorties and Spyres In Les Huguenots

Here is a full voiced and passionate reading of Pourquoi me reveille from Massenet’s WertherPourquoi me reveiller. The second act aria and cabaletta from Verdi’s Rigoletto is a great test of a tenor’s skill and line. Spyres ends the aria with a trill and finishes the cabaletta with a high D. Ella mi fu rapita & cabaletta

Finally here’s Spyres singing the famous romance from Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perlesJe crois entendre encore . Spyres website is here. This is definitely a young man to watch.