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Egils Siliņš

Bass-Baritone

Biography

Egils Siliņš in action.
Egils Silins as the Dutchman in Der fliegende Holländer © ROH / Mike Hoban 2011

Latvian bass-baritone Egils Silinš made his Royal Opera debut in 2011 as the Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer). He has since returned to sing Jokanaan (Salome) for The Royal Opera. In the 2019/20 Season he sings Don Fernando (Fidelio).

Silinš studied at the Latvian Academy of Music. He has won ten international vocal competitions, has twice received the Latvian Music Award and was awarded the title Singer of the Year in Zagreb in 2010 for his performances as Amfortas (Parsifal). He sings for leading opera companies in Europe including Bavarian State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Paris Opéra, Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, Liceu, Barcelona, Zürich Opera, Metropolitan Opera, New York, Teatro Real, Madrid, the New National Theatre, Tokyo, and Latvian National Opera, and for the Noromi Spring Festival. In 2018 he made his Bayreuth Festival debut as the Herald (Lohengrin). He has sung in total more than ninety roles, also including Wotan/Wanderer (Der Ring des Nibelungen), the Dutchman, Friedrich von Telramund (Lohengrin), Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde), Amfortas, Don Pizarro (Fidelio), Jokanaan, Barak (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Mandryka (Arabella) and the Demon (Rubinstein’s The Demon).

Silinš has also sung roles in the Italian, French and Russian repertory including Méphistophélès (Faust and La Damnation de Faust), High Priest of Dagon (Samson et Dalila), Giorgio Germont (La traviata), Iago (Otello), Scarpia (Tosca) and the title roles of Prince Igor and Aleko. His recordings include Aleko, and a disc of Russian songs.

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News and features

Cast change: Egils Silins to perform in Der fliegende Holländer on 17 February

16 February 2015
Cast change: Egils Silins to perform in Der fliegende Holländer on 17 February

Latvian bass-baritone to replace Bryn Terfel in the role of the Dutchman.

Behind the scenes of Salome: How to make a severed head

3 May 2012
Behind the scenes of Salome: How to make a severed head

A sneak preview of our new film showing our Prop Department creating the head of John the Baptist.

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