Egils Silins © Janis Deinats

Egils Silins

Egils Silins is one of the most sought-after bass-baritones of his generation. Projects just completed and upcoming include Wotan at the Bayreuth Festival, Telramund at the Vienna State Opera, Spring Festival Tokyo and Leipzig Opera, Wotan/Wanderer in the Ring at the MÜPA Wagner Days Budapest conducted by Adam Fischer and then again in the Ring with the Dresden Philharmonic conducted by Marek Janowski. He returns to the Bavarian State Opera with Lohengrin and to the NNTT Tokyo with the villains in The Tales of Hoffmann and Kurwenal. He will also debut as Hans Sachs at the Spring Festival Tokyo under Maestro Janowski.
His recent appearances include the new Fidelio production at ROH Covent Garden, Kurwenal at Copenhaguen Opera, Germont at LNO, Grand Pretre at ABAO Bilbao, Orest at the May Festival Wiesbaden and Wotan in the Ring cycle, Wotan and Holländer at NNTT Tokyo, Deutsche Oper Berlin and with Orchestre National de Lyon.
Engagements in recent seasons include Barak at the Staatsoper Berlin, Amfortas and Walküre Wotan at the Staatsoper Hamburg, Wotan (Die Walküre) at the Bayreuth Festival on tour and in San Carlo di Napoli, his debut at the Bayreuth Festival conducted by Christian Thielemann, the new production of Dämon at the Teatro del Liceo Barcelona, Wanderer at the Munich Opera, Lysiart at the Dresden Philharmonic, Telramund at the Tokyo Spring Festival, among others. Previously, he returned to Opera de Paris with Samson et Dalila and Lohengrin under the baton of Maestro Philippe Jordan, and also sang Wanderer at Oper Leipzig and Budapest, Holländer at Teatro del Liceo Barcelona, Jochanaan at ABAO and Festival Verbier.
In recent seasons he sang Wotan and Jochanaan at Zurich Opera House, Holländer at Teatro Real, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Semperoper and Royal Opera House, Wotan and Sebastiano at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Amfortas and Klingsor at Teatro Liceo Barcelona and Zurich Opera House, Prince Igor again in Zurich, Jochanaan and Holländer at London's Royal Opera House, Wotan/Wanderer in the Ring cycle at Opera de Paris and Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Jochanaan at Volksoper Vienna, Telramund and Holländer at NCPA Beijing and Festival de Orange, Wotan at Opera de Monte-Carlo, Scarpia at Staatsoper Berlin, Wagner Festival and Tokyo Nomori Festival, Kurwenal at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Jochanaan at Ravinia Festival Chicago, Amfortas at NNTT Tokyo, Wotan and Wanderer at Oper Leipzig, Holländer at the Düsseldorf Opera, Escamillo at the Hamburg Opera, Wotan and Wanderer in the Ring cycle at the Tokyo Nomori Spring Festival with Maestro Marek Janowski, Mandryka at the Cologne Opera, Pizarro at the Vienna State Opera, Iago at Cincinnati Hall with Maestro James Conlon.
Bass-baritone Egils Silins was born in Latvia and graduated from the Latvian Academy of Music. After making his debut at the Latvian National Opera and winning ten international competitions, he made his debut at the Vienna State Opera. He gained great international recognition with the title role in 'Le Demon' (Rubinstein) at the Bregenz Festival, and has also performed at prestigious music festivals such as the Tanglewood Music Festival, Savonlinna Opera Festival and Glyndebourne Festival.
Egils Silins is a regular guest at many of the world's leading opera houses, including the Vienna State Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Hamburg State Opera, ROH London, Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche and Staatsoper Berlin, Teatro del Liceu, Teatro Real, Mariinsky Theater, Opernhaus Zürich, Chicago Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich.
His repertoire (more than 90 roles) includes: Dutchman, Wotan/Rheingold/Walküre, Wanderer/Siegfried, Amfortas-Klingsor/Parsifal, Telramund/Lohengrin, Kurwenal/Tristan and Isolde, Jochanaan/Salome, Barak/Woman without a Shadow, Orest/Elektra, Demon/Demon, Rangoni-Boris/Boris Godunov, Gd. Prêtre/Samson et Dalila, Mephisto/Faust and Damnation de Faust, Sebastiano/ Tiefland, Iago/Otello, Scarpia/Tosca and Germont/Traviata.
He works with world-renowned conductors such as Marek Janowski, Christian Thielemann, Philippe Jordan, Christoph von Dohnányi, Zubin Mehta, Ricardo Mutti, Fabio Luisi, Seiji Ozawa, James Conlon, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Marcello Viotti, Marc Minkowski, Andrew Davis, Colin Davis, Daniele Gatti, Vladimir Fedosseyev, Neeme Järvi, Mariss Jansons, Andris Nelsons, Sebastian Weigle and Kazushi Ono, to name but a few.