Country: Latvia

Egils Siliņš is among the world’s most sought after bass-baritones and Wagner interpreters, the laureate of many international competitions.

After graduating from JVLMA where he studied opera with Gury Antipov and Leonīds Vīgners Egils Siliņš became a soloist with the Latvian National Opera debuting in the title role in Mefistofele by Boito. Siliņš has been a soloist with the Frankfurt Opera (Colline, Basilio, Publio etc.), Theater Basel and Volksoper Wien (sensational success in Gounod’s Faust) and Wiener Staatsoper.

1998 saw Siliņš’s debut at La Scala in Donizetti’s Linda di Chamounix. In March of 2000, he sang the roles of Colline and Basilio on the stage of New York’s Metropolitan.

As of 2000, Siliņš has been freelancing and performing in over 85 roles at the world’s leading opera houses (including the Covent Garden, Royal Theater of Madrid, operas of Berlin, Semperoper, National Opera of Paris, Tokyo Opera etc.) and at opera festivals in Bregenz, Glyndebourne, Savonlinna, Tanglewood. He has collaborated with such outstanding conductors as Colin Davis, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Marcello Viotti, Christian Thielemann, Zubin Mehta, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Fabio Luisi, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Riccardo Muti, Neeme Järvi, Mariss Jansons and many others.

In recent years, Egils Siliņš has shown himself to be a brilliant interpreter of Wagner and Richard Strauss. He has won acclaim in such roles as the title role in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Wotan in Rheingold, Walküre and Siegfried; Jochanaan in Strauss’ Salome and Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca.

Egils Siliņš has given concerts at the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Luzerne Festival House, Musikverein in Vienna, Zurich’s Tonhalle, London’s Barbican, the Royal Albert Hall, Auditorio in Milan, Moscow Conservatory, Pleyel Hall in Paris and other prestigious venues.

At the Latvian National Opera, Siliņš has given guest performances as the Flying Dutchman, Don Giovanni, Demon, Tomsky, Escamilio, Wotan, Scarpia and Onegin. He has recorded two CDs with songs by Latvian and Russian composers. He often participated in the performances of large-scale works in Latvia and elsewhere in the world.

Egils Siliņš is the recipient of the Latvian Grand Music Award (1996, 2002) and the Order of Three Stars (2008).