Latvian born Pauls Putnins was a member of Riga Dom Cathedral Boys Choir. After studying conducting in Riga and Jerusalem, he subsequently studied singing at the Trinity College of Music, London. Appearances in operas include ‘La Bohème’ for ENO (DVD from Warner Classics) and Opéra de Nancy, ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ for Opera Colorado, Denver and the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow, ‘Carmen’ for New Zealand Opera, ‘Don Giovanni’ for Latvian National Opera, ‘Boulevard Solitude’ for Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa and for Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona (DVD from EuroArts), ‘The Rape of Lucretia’ in St Petersburg and Riga, ‘Tannhäuser’ for the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, ‘I Capuleti e i Montecchi’ with Moscow Philharmonic.
Opera engagements in the UK have included ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’, ‘Don Giovanni’, ‘Fidelio’, ‘Peter Grimes’, ‘Idomeneo’, ‘Pelléas et Mélisande’, ‘Otello’, ‘Die Zauberflöte’ and ‘Flight’ for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, ‘Fidelio’ for Garsington Opera, ‘Madama Butterfly’ and ‘Aida’ for Raymond Gubbay at the Royal Albert Hall, ‘Flavio’ for the Early Opera Company, ‘Ariadne’ (prologue) and ‘La Traviata’ for the Birmingham Opera Company.
Pauls Putnins’ concert engagements include Beethoven 9th Symphony with Philharmonia, RPO, Bucharest and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestras, Verdi Requiem with RPO, Cimarosa Il Maestro di Cappella with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Gounod Mors et Vita for Latvian National Opera, Charpentier Te Deum with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the world premiere of Brian Elias’ Talisman with the National Youth Orchestra at the Cheltenham International Music Festival.
Pauls Putnins regularly appears in Latvia and the Baltic States as an oratorio soloist in works including Bach B Minor mass, St. Mathew and St. John Passions, Handel Messiah with Latvian Radio Choir, Latvian state choir ‘Latvia’ and Riga Dom Cathedral Boys Choir. He recorded the premiere recordings of Gloucester in Meyerbeer’s ‘Margherita d’Anjou’ and Ferrondo in Mercadante’s ‘Maria Stuarda’ for Opera Rara and Walford Davies ‘Everyman’ for Dutton.
Recent and future engagements include Petite Messe Solennelle on tour in Germany, France and at the Bregenz Festival, Angelotti/‘Tosca’ for ENO, Puccini’s ‘Edgar’ for New Sussex Opera, the title role in excerpts of ‘Eugene Onegin’ at the Barbican and Die Schöpfung in Kanazawa, Japan.
In 2015 he sang the Count for Latvian National Opera and concert performances of Marcello/’La Bohème’ which he repeated in 2016, which also saw him singing Escamillo/’Carmen’ for Blackheath Opera, roles at Dorset Opera and the Count at Scottish Opera. In 2016 he sang Figaro/’Le Nozze di Figaro’ at the Teatru Manoel in Malta to where he returned last year for Leporello/’Don Giovanni’ last year. 2017 also saw him sing an acclaimed Arthur in Shadwell Opera’s production of Maxwell Davies’ ‘The Lighthouse’. Last year he appeared again at Dorset Opera, singing Colline.
2019 saw a further return to Valletta for Don Alfonso/’Così fan Tutte’ and his debut at Longborough Opera with Fasolt/’Das Rheingold’; he will return for their full Ring cycle in 2023.