Egils Silins

Bass baritone

Egils Silins  future projects include Barak at Staatsoper Berlin, Amfortas at Staatsoper Hamburg,  Holländer New Production at Latvian National opera, Walküre Wotan with Bayreuther Festspiele on tour, Wotan and Wanderer in Achim Freyers new Ring  production, Fidelio at Abao and his return to Bayreuther Festspiele with Lohengrin,  among others.    

 Recent engagements include his debut at the Bayreuther Festspiele under the baton of Christian Thielemann, the Demon new production at Teatro del Liceo Barcelona,Wanderer at Opera Munich, Lysiart at Dresdner Philharmonie, Walküre Wotan at Staatsoper Hamburg, Telramund at Tokyo Spring Festival,  among others. He returned to Opera de Paris with Samson et Dalila and Lohengrin with maestro Philippe Jordan, and sung as well Wanderer at Leipzig and Budapest Opera, Holländer at Teatro del Liceo Barcelona, Jochanaan at ABAO and Festival Verbier, among others.

Past 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 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, Wotan and Wanderer at Leipzig Opera, Holländer at Düsseldorf Opera, Escamillo at Hamburg Opera, Wotan and Wanderer at Tokyo Nomori Spring Festival with Maestro Marek Janowski , Mandryka at Oper Köln, Ring/Wotan-Wanderer at Budapest Wagner festival, 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, in ‘Mephistopheles’ (Boito) and winning ten international competitions 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 Bregenzer Festspiele, and further more performed at prestigious music festivals including The Tanglewood Music Festival, Savonlinna Opera Festival and Glyndebourne Festival.

Egils Silins performes at many of the world´s leading opera houses, including Teatro alla Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Hamburgische Staatsoper, ROH London, Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche and Staatsoper Berlin, Teatro del Liceu, Teatro Real, Mariinsky Theatre, Opernhaus Zürich, Chicago Opera, Staatstheater München, among others.

His repertoire (more than 70 roles), include: Holländer/Fliegender 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.



Lohengrin- Bayreuther Festspiele

» Silins ist ein markant respekteinflößender Heerrufer des Königs.»
Die Deutsche Bühne 2018

» Silins gestaltet den Heerrufer mit kernig-kräftigem Bariton ausdrucksvoll, zuweilen auch mit ungewöhnlich hintergründigen Tönen, was der Figur mehr Charakter als üblich verleiht.»
Online Musik Magazine 2018

«là où Egils Silins présente un Heerrufer impactant, celui d’un baryton capable aussi de chanter Wotan, comme le souhaitait Thielemann lorsqu’il a préparé sa distribution.»
Resmusica 2018

«Egils Silins verkörpert einen profunden Heerrufer des Königs.»
Klassik Info 2018

» Le rôle du héraut d’arme du roi est très heureusement tenu par Egils Silins.»
Oper aworld 2018


Der Demon- Teatro del Liceu Barcelona

«Egils Siliņš interpretó un demonio cautivador de principio a fin.»

Opera World 2018

«From Egils Siliņš impious utterance “Accursed world! Despicable world” it was clear that Berlman’s Demon was by no means the nadir of evil Machiavellian malevolence. On the contrary, this was a Satan more world-weary than malignant. “Without enjoying it, I sow evil” set the tone of resigned rancor rather the serial iniquity.  The intensely lyrical “My child, in your embraces will I be reborn into a new life” was sung with refined legato and refulgent top F naturals. The higher tessitura above the Tristan-esque string accompaniment in the “No sooner the night shrouds” parlando passage was beautifully phrased with honeyed legato. “I swear by the first day of creation” was pure Onegin in passion with a riveting upper register.  It was hard not to like this suave and sensitive Satan.»

Opera wire 2018

«El reparto resultó excelente, especialmente en los dos papeles principales, que son todo un regalo para los intérpretes. Destacando el poderoso bajo-barítono Egils Silins como un Demonio de gran autoridad y excelente línea canora»

Opera Actual 2018

Siegfried – Bayerische Staatsoper München

«Egils Silins als Wanderer stellte ganz besonders im 1. und 3. Akt seinen satten, metallisch schimmernden,voluminösen Bassbariton unter Beweis.»

Der neuer Merker 2018

Rheingold- Wiener Staatsoper
«Egils Silins war als Wotan eine noble, kraftvolle Autorität!»
Der Standard 2017

Samson et Dalila- Opera de Paris
«Le Grand Prêtre d’Egils Silins a toute l’autorité requise, le timbre est de bronze et la diction n’a rien à envier à celle de ses collègues francophones.»
Forum Opera 2017

Siegfried Budapest OPera
«The Wanderer was sung by a veteran of the role, Egils Silins ruling the stage, his smooth, sonorous bass-baritone unfaltering throughout, delivering the best performance of the night. His portrayal was fascinating, showing off confidence and almost mischievous glee when dealing with Alberich and Mime, but quickly turning to confusion and despair in Act 3, his loss of power acutely felt.»
Backtrack 2017

Ring- Wagner Festival Budapest
«Egils Silins profiliert sich mehr denn je in diesem Budapester «Ring» als starker Wotan, der nun auch immer mehr Tiefe bekommt und dabei durch sein völlig akzentfreies Deutsch besticht, das er sängerisch mit bester Diktion vorträgt. Silins setzt auch bedeutende Akzente in der «Walküre» und im «Siegfried» als Wanderer, ohne auch nur geringste Ermüdungserscheinungen aufzuweisen. Seine blendende Höhe ist ohnehin ein Gewinn für jeden «Ring».»
Der neue Merker, 2014

Fliegende Holländer Royal Opera House Covent Garden
«Silins has the charismatic hauteur of a Byronic hero, and his voice and bearing convey tremendous depths of existential defiance and despair.»
The Guardian 2011
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Fliegende Holländer ROH Covent Garden
«Latvian bass-baritone Egils Silins sang the Dutchman with crisp projection and even tone, radiating a gaunt and baleful presence which mesmerizes Anja Kampe’s nervy, vulnerable Senta.»
The Telegraph, 2011
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