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Performer: Michael Spyres

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MadridNormaNew production

Norma
Bellini: Norma
Maurizio Benini; Justin Way; Teatro Real; Charles Edwards; Sue Willmington; Yolanda Auyanet; Hibla Gerzmava

LondonHandel: Tamerlano

Barbican
Handel: Tamerlano
Harry Bicket; Bejun Mehta; Michael Spyres; Avery Amereau; Jakub Józef Orliński

ParisCosì fan tutte

Mozart: Così fan tutte
Giovanni Antonini; Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; Julia Kleiter; Emőke Baráth; Michael Spyres; Vittorio Prato
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ParisBerlioz: Symphonie fantastique and Lélio

Berlioz
Les Siècles; Christopher Bell; François-Xavier Roth; Michael Spyres; Florian Sempey; Michel Fau
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Prom 59: Berlioz with a bronze glow

Duncan Meadows as the statue of Perseus © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
To mark the 150th anniversary of the composer's death, Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the opera charting the escapades of the Italian goldsmith and sculptor. 
****1
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Norma in Zurich: superb vocalists trapped in a minimalist staging

Maria Agresta (Norma) © Toni Suter | T&T Fotografie

A production which has Robert Wilson's signature all over it, but feels like a wagon in front of the horse.

***11
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Lightning strikes again in Strasbourg:

Michael Spyres, Joyce DiDonato, John Nelson and Nicolas Courjal © Gregory Massat
After their terrific Troyens in 2017, John Nelson, Michael Spyres, Joyce DiDonato and Nicolas Courjal return to Strasbourg for a fabulous Faust
*****
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Nelson's sublime anniversary tribute to one of France's greatest sons

Berlioz's Requiem at St Paul's Cathedral © Martin Kendrick
Michael Spyres' long lyrical line in the Sanctus was outstanding, his tone ardent and ringing.
*****
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Brownlee and Spyres: so much more than vocal jousting

Michael Spyres and Lawrence Brownlee © Ronald Knapp
Top tenors Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres dared to duel at the Concertgebouw. Both emerged victorious, and not just because of the volley of sensational top notes.
****1
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Brenda Rae's remarkable Lucia a compensation in Philadelphia

Brenda Rae (Lucia) © Kelly & Massa
Top-notch singers and some sensitive direction almost make up for Laurent Pelly's frustrating Opera Philadelphia production. 
***11
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