Egils Silins (bass)
Egils Silins is the first of Latvian singers to perform at the La Scala (1998) and the Metropolitan Opera (2000). He's got the European fame appearing regularly at the most prestigious opera theatres.
The singer's style is notable for its aristocratic discretion and nobleness. His polished vocalization ravishes constantly. At the same time he performs the romantic roles with the deep passion, but the comic ones with the subtle sense of humour.
Egils Silins was born in Lîgatne (Latvia) in 1961 and studied at the Latvian Academy of Music under professors Gurijs Antipovs and Leonîds Vîgners. The first significant role he performed at the Latvian National Opera was Boito's Mephistopheles (1989).
The singer has won many international competitions, including the Belvedere, the Robert Stolz competition in Hamburg, theFrancisco Viñas competition in Barcelona, the Chant-de-Paris in Perpignan, the International singers competition in Bilbao, the competition in Toulouse, the I Cestelli in Hamburg, the Marian Anderson competition in Washington.
Egils Silins was a soloist at the Stadtische Buhnen Frankfurt am Main (1990 - 1993), at the Basel opera (1993 - 1996), at the Wiener Volksoper and the Wiener Staatsoper (1996 - 2000).
He gained huge international acclaim singing the title role in The Demon (Rubinstein) as part of the 1997 Bregenz Opera festival.
The singer has been appearing at the Staatsoper Berlin, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the opera theatres of Paris, Hamburg, Zurich, Brussels, Amsterdam, Geneva, Strasbourg, Graz, Barcelona, Cologne, Dublin, Bristol, Chicago etc.
The bass has been performing at such acclaimed international festivals, as that of Glyndebourne, Munich, Savonlinna.
The singer's second passion is chamber music. Some programs rank especially high among others, for example the chef-d'oeuvres of famous Latvian, Austrian composers (Schubert, Wolf, Richard Strauss) and Russian composers (Songs and Dances of Death by Musorgsky, romances by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov). In 2004 Egils Silins with the pianist Maris Skuja recorded the program of Latvian vocal chamber music singing it in German. Recently the singer performs with the concertmistress Inna Davidova and plans new programs.
Egils Silins sings solo parts in vocal instrumental works as well, including Beethoven's 9th symphony, Dvorak's Stabat Mater, Mozart's and Verdi's Requiems, Brahms's Ein Deutsches Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Berlioz's La damnation de Faust.
The bass often appears at the Latvian National opera and at the Sigulda Opera Festival.
In 1996, 2000 he was awarded with the Latvia Grand Prix in music.
In 2002 Inara Ancane's book on Egils Silin's life and art was published in Riga.
- Argante in G.F.Händel's “Rinaldo”
- Attila in G.Verdi's “Attila”
- Balthazar in G.Donizetti's “La Favorite”
- Banco in G.Verdi's “Macbeth”
- Barak in R.Strauss' “Die Frau ohne Schatten”
- Basilio in G.Rossini's “Il barbiere di Sevilla”
- Boris Godunov in M.Musorgsky's “Boris Godunov”
- Collinein G.Puccini's “La bohème”
- Rodolfo in V.Bellini's “La sonnambula”
- The Demon in A.Rubinstein's “The Demon”
- Don Giovanni in W.A.Mozart's “Don Giovanni”
- Don Magnifico in G.Rossini's “La Cenerentola”
- Dulcamara in G.Donizetti's “L'elisir d'amore”
- Archbishop in P.Tchaikovsky's “The Maid of Orleans”
- Escamillo in G.Bizet's “Carmen”
- Feniccio in G.Rossini's “Ermione”
- Ferrando in G.Verdi's “Il trovatore”
- Filippo II and The Grand Inquisitor in G.Verdi's “Don Carlo”
- Fotis in B.Martinu's “The Greek Passion”
- Frishvagars in J.Medins' “Ugunî”
- Gessler in G.Rossini's “Guillaume Tell”
- The Dutchman in R.Wagner's “The Flying Dutchman”
- Klingsor in R.Wagner's “Parsifal”
- Krushina in B.Smetana's “The Bartered Bride”
- Lodovico in G.Verdi's “Otello”
- Lord Sidney in G.Rossini's “Il viaggio a Reims”
- Méphistopheles in A.Boito's “Mephistopheles”
- Mephistopheles in Ch.Gounod's “Faust”
- Oroveso in V.Bellini's “Norma”
- Orlik in P.Tchaikovsky's “Mazeppa”
- Phanuel in J.Massenet's “Hérodiade”
- Pietro in G.Verdi's “Simon Boccanegra”
- High Priest in G.Spontini's “La vestale”
- Prefetto in G.Donizetti's “Linda di Chamounix”
- Procida in G.Verdi's “I vespri Siciliani”
- Publio in W.A.Mozart's “La slemenza di Tito”
- Raimondo in G.Donizetti's “Lucia di Lammermoor”
- Ramphis in G.Verdi's “Aida”
- Rangoni in M.Musorgsky's “Boris Godunov”
- Sarastro n W.A. Mozart's “Die Zauberflöte”
- Sarvaor in M.de Falla's “La vida breve”
- Selim in G.Rossini's “Il turco in Italia
- Silva in G.Verdi's “Ernani”
- Sir Giorgio in V.Bellini's “I puritani”
- Sparafucile in G.Verdi's “Rigoletto”
- The Theatre Manager, Banker in A.Berg's “Lulu”
- Theseus in B.Britten's “A Midsummer Night's Dream”
- Tirésias in G.Enescu's “Oedipe”
- Tomsky in P.Tchaikovsky's “The Queen of Spades”
- Valens in G.F.Händel's “Theodora”
- Lindorf, Coppelius, Dr.Miracle, Dapertutto in J.Offenbach's “Les contes d'Hoffmann”
- Zaccaria in G.Verdi's “Nabucco”