The 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/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.
He has recently 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 next projects include Wotan and Wanderer at Leipzig Opera, Holländer at Düsseldorf Opera, Escamillo at Hamburg Opera, Mandryka at Oper Köln, Pizarro at Vienna State Opera, Ring/Wotan-Wanderer at Budapest Wagner festival and Tokyo Nomori Festival, Jago at Cincinnati Hall, as well as his return to Opera de Paris with Samson et Dalila and Lohengrin, among others.