EGILS SILIŅŠ was born in Latvia and graduated from the Latvian Academy of Music, where he studied with professors Gurijs Antipovs and Leonīds Vīgners. He has won ten international competitions, and received the Latvian Great Music Award in 1996 and 2003.
Egils Siliņš was a soloist at the Frankfurt Opera from 1990 to 1993, at the Basel Opera from 1993 to 1996, and at the Vienna State Opera and Vienna Volksoper from 1996 to 2000. Egils Silins has performed at many of the world´s leading opera houses, including La Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Semperoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro del Liceu, Mariinsky Theatre, Opernhaus Zürich, Chicago Opera, Staatstheater München, among others.
Egils Siliņš has also performed at numerous prestigious music festivals, including the Bregenz Festival, the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Savonlinna Opera Festival, and the Glyndebourne Festival.
He has performed more than 70 roles, including Mephistopheles in Gounod's Faust, Boito's Mephistopheles, and Berlioz's La Damnation du Faust, Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen, Sebastiano in d'Albert's Tiefland, Verdi's Attila, Silva in Ernani, Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Wagner's Klingsor in Parsifal, the Dutchman in Der fliegende Holländer, Wotan in Das Rheingold, Strauss' Orestes in Elektra, Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, Rubinstein's Demon, Rachmaninoff's Aleko.
His most recently engagements include among others the Ring Cycle and Salome at the Opernhaus Zürich, Rheingold and Walküre at the Opera de la Bastille, Fliegende Holländer at Teatro Real, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Semperoper and Siegfried and Tiefland at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Salome at Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
He has worked with many of the world's most renowned conductors including Andrew Davis, Colin Davis, Nikolaus Harnonkur, Marcello Vioti, Christian Thielemann, Christoph von Dohnányi, Zubin Mehta, Mstislav Rostropovich, Genady Rozhdestvensky, Fabio Luisi, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Myng Vyung Chung, Riccardo Mutti, Neeme Järvi, Mariss Jansons, Kazushi Ono, and others.
In the 2018/2019 season the singer will not only be performing in Riga, but also at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin as Barak in Richard Strauss’ The Woman Without a Shadow, and at the Bilbao Opera as Don Fernando in Ludwig van Beethoven’s opera Fidelio. Siliņš will also sing the role of Wotan both in a guest performance in Abu Dhabi of the Bayreuth Festival’s production of Richard Wagner’s opera The Valkyrie and at the Seoul Art Centre. He will also sing the role of Amfortas in Wagner’s Parsifal at the Staatsoper Hamburg. In the summer he will perform the role of the King’s Herald at the Bayreuth Festival in Wagner’s Lohengrin.