Biography

Egils Silins has established himself internationally as one of the most in-demand bass-baritones of his generation. Current and upcoming projects include among others the leading part in der Fliegende Holländer at Deutsche Oper Berlin, König Marke at Oper Leipzig, the Four Villains in Les Contes d´Hoffmann at Semperoper Dresden, Kurwenal at NNTT Tokyo, Telramund and Wotan/Wanderer at the Maifestspiele Theater Wiesbaden as well as Telramund at Deutsche Oper Berlin.

His most recent performances include Grand Prêtre in Samson et Dalila at Staatsoper Berlin as well as at the Elbphilharmonie in concert together with Elīna Garanča as Dalila, Telramund in Lohengrin at Oper Leipzig, Wotan/Wanderer in the Ring with the Dresdner Philharmonie under the baton of Marek Janowski, the same roles in the Ring at MÜPA Wagner Tagen Budapest under the baton of Adam Fischer and at Staatstheater Kassel, his return to the Bayerische Staatsoper and Maifestival Wiesbaden in Lohengrin as well as his debut as Hans Sachs at Spring Festival Tokyo.

Recent appearances include Wotan at the Bayreuther Festspiele, Telramund at Vienna State Opera and Spring Festival Tokyo, the new Fidelio production at ROH Covent Garden, Kurwenal at Copenhagen Opera, Germont at LNO, Grand Prêtre at ABAO Bilbao, Orest at the Internationale Maifestspiele and Wotan in the Ring Cycle, Wotan and Holländer at NNTT Tokyo, Deutsche Oper Berlin and with Orchestre National de Lyon.

Engagements in the last seasons include Barak at Staatsoper Berlin, Amfortas and Walküre Wotan at Staatsoper Hamburg, Walküre Wotan with Bayreuther Festspiele on tour and at San Carlo di Napoli, his debut at the Bayreuther Festspiele under the baton of Christian Thielemann, the Demon new production at Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Wanderer at Opera Munich, Lysiart at Dresdner Philharmonie, Telramund at Tokyo Spring Festival, among others. Earlier he returned to Opéra de Paris with Samson et Dalila and Lohengrin with maestro Philippe Jordan, and sung as well Wanderer at Leipzig and Budapest Opera, Holländer at Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Jochanaan at ABAO and Festival Verbier.

In past seasons he performed Wotan and Jochanaan 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 at Teatro Liceo Barcelona and Opernhaus Zürich, Prince Igor again in Zürich, Jochanaan and Holländer at London Royal Opera House, Wotan/Wanderer in the Ring Cycle at Opéra de Paris and Bayerische Staatsoper Münich, Jochanaan at Volksoper Vienna, Telramund and Holländer at NCPA Beijing and at Festival de Orange, Wotan at Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Scarpia at Staatsoper Berlin, Wotan/Wanderer in the Ring at Wagner festival and Tokio Nomori Festival, Kurwenal at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Jochanaan at Ravinia Festival Chicago, Amfortas at NNTT Tokio, Wotan and Wanderer at Leipzig Opera, Holländer at Düsseldorf Opera, Escamillo at Hamburg Opera, Wotan and Wanderer in the Ring Cylcle at Tokyo Nomori Spring Festival with Maestro Marek Janowski and Budapest Wagner festival with Adam Fischer, Mandryka at Oper Köln, Pizarro at Vienna State Opera Jago at Cincinnati Hall with Maestro James Conlon.

The bass-baritone Egils Silins was born in Latvia and graduated from the Latvian Academy of Music. After having his debut at the Latvian National Opera and winning ten international competitions he made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper. He gained huge international acclaim singing the title role in ‘Le Demon’ (Rubinstein) at the Bregenzer Festspiele, and furthermore performed at prestigious music festivals including The Tanglewood Music Festival, Savonlinna Opera Festival and Glyndebourne Festival.

Egils Silins performs at many of the world’s leading opera houses, including the Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, Hamburgische Staatsoper, ROH London, Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche and Staatsoper Berlin, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Real, Mariinsky Theatre, Opernhaus Zürich, Chicago Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper München.

His repertoire (more than 90 roles) includes Holländer, Wotan/Rheingold/Walküre, Wanderer/Siegfried, Amfortas-Klingsor/Parsifal, Telramund/Lohengrin, Kurwenal/Tristan und Isolde, Jochanaan/Salome, Barak/Woman without Shadows, Orest/Elektra, Demon/Demon, Rangoni-Boris/Boris Godunov, Gd. Prêtre/Samson et Dalila, Mephisto/Faust and Damnation de Faust, Sebastiano/Tiefland, Jago/Otello, Scarpia/Tosca and Germont/Traviata.

He works with world’s renowned conductors 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, Kazushi Ono, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, among others.

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