Sean Spyres has performed around the world, but was born and raised in the Ozarks into a very musical family. The self-proclaimed “Hillbilly Von Trapps” performed every weekend at funerals, weddings, small store openings, and American Legion halls in the region. He currently lives in Springfield with his partner Kate Hundley, and has two children, Owyn and Elliot.
Spyres is the Administrative Director of the Ozarks Lyric Opera and has been involved with the company for over 20 years. He has performed many roles including Pangloss “Candide,” Tamino “Die Zauberflöte,” and Nanki-Poo “Hot Mikado.” Behind the scenes at OLO, Spyres has directed several productions (“Trouble in Tahiti,” “Don Pasquale”) and wrote the librettos for two original children’s operas, “Alice in Wonderland: A lesson in honesty," and “The Wizard of Opera: A lesson in cooperation” that were performed for over 5,000 children in the Ozarks.
Recently, Spyres has performed the roles of Archibald in “The Secret Garden,” and Judas in “Jesus Christ Superstar” at Springfield Little Theatre. Other regional performances include tenor soloist in Haydn’s “The Creation,” Mozart’s “Requiem,” Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” and Handel’s "The Messiah.” Operatic roles include “The Defendant “Trial by Jury,” Dancairo/Morales “Carmen,” Borsa “Rigoletto,” Benoit/Alcindoro “La Boheme,” Frederic in "Pirates of Penzance," and Blind in "Die Fledermaus.”
In 2006 Spyres made his European debut (Don Ottavio "Don Giovanni") in Hartberg, Austria and also sang the role of Doge in Rossini's "Otello" in a production at the Rossini Festival that is available under the Naxos label. Spyres toured Japan with the Baden Stadttheater performing Gastone in "La Traviata" and sang as a tenor ensemble soloist with the Arnold Schoenberg Chor at the Aix en Provence Opera Festival. While working in Vienna, Spyres sang as a soloist with the Arnold Schoenberg Chor for a number of Mozart works dedicating the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth and also worked at the Raimund Theater as a soloist for the annual Weihnachtskonzert.
Spyres received a Masters of Music in Opera Performance from Wichita State University, and a BM from Drury.