Bass-baritone Egils Silins was born in Latvia and graduated from the Latvian Academy of Music. He made his debut at the Latvian National Opera, performing in Mephistopheles (Boito). He has won ten international competitions and received the Latvian Annual Music Aware in 1996, 2003 and 2014. He made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in I Puritani. He gained huge international acclaim singing the title role in Le Demon (Rubinstein) at the 1997 Bregenzer Festspiele. He has also performed at prestigious music festivals including The Tanglewood Music Festival, Savonlinna Opera Festival and Glyndebourne Festival.
Egils Silins has performed at many of the world´s leading opera houses, including Teatro alla Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Semperoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro del Liceu, Mariinsky Theatre, Opernhaus Zürich, Chicago Opera, Staatstheater München, among others.
His repertoire (more than 90 roles), include: Holländer/Der fliegender Holländer, Wotan/Rheingold/Walküre, Wanderer/Siegfried, Amfortas-Klingsor/Parsifal, Telramund/Lohengrin, Kurwenal/Tristan und Isolde, Mandryka/Arabella, Jochanaan/Salome, Barak/Woman without Shadows, Orest/Elektra, Demon/Demon, Rangoni/Boris Godunov, Gd. Prêtre/Samson et Dalila, Mephisto/Faust and Damnation de Faust, Sebastiano/Tiefland, Scarpia/Tosca, Jago/Otello, Germont/Traviata, Igor/Prince Igor, Aleko/Aleko.
He works with world’s renowned conductors as Andrew Davis, Colin Davis, Daniele Gatti, Marc Minkowski, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Marcello Viotti, Marek Janowski, Christian Thielemann, Philippe Jordan, Christoph von Dohnányi, Zubin Mehta, Ricardo Mutti, Fabio Luisi, Seiji Ozawa, James Conlon, Vladimir Fedosseyev, Neeme Järvi, Mariss Jansons, Andris Nelsons, Sebastian Weigle, Kazushi Ono, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Mstislav Rostropovich. Recents seasons engagements include the Wotan and Jochanann at the Opernhaus Zürich, Holländer at Teatro Real, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Semperoper and Royal Opera House, Wotan and Sebastiano at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Amfortas and Klingsor Teatro del Liceo Barcelona and Opernhaus Zürich, Prince Igor again in Zürich, Jochanaan at London Royal Opera House, Ring Cycle at Opera de Paris and Bayerische Staatsoper Münich, Jochanaan at Volksoper Vienna, Telramund and Holländer at NCPA Beijing and at Festival de Orange, Wotan at Opera de Monte-Carlo.
Former seasons has performed Scarpia at Staatsoper Berlin, Ring/Wotan-Wanderer at Budapest Wagner festival and Tokio Nomori Festival, Kurwenal at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Jochanaan at Ravinia Festival Chicago, Amfortas at New National Theater Tokio, Holländer at ROH Covent Garden.
Egils Silins most recent projects include his return to Opera de Paris with Samson et Dalila and Lohengrin with maestro Philippe Jordan, Wanderer at Leipzig and Budapest Opera, Jochanann at Verbier Festival, Walküre Wotan at Hamburg Opera, Holländer at Teatro del Liceo Barcelona and Maifestspiele Wiesbaden.
Current and next engagements include Lysiart at Dresdner Philharmonie, Wotan at Staatsoper Hamburg, Wanderer at Opera Munich under the baton of Kirill Petrenko, Jochanaan at ABAO, Telramund at Tokyo Spring Festival, New Production of Demon at Teatro del Liceo Barcelona, his debut at Bayreuther Festspiele in Lohengrin under the baton of Christian Thielemann, Barak at Oper Berlin, Amfortas at Opera Hamburg, Pizarro in Turin, among others.
Engagements in Bayreuth
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