Latvian baritone Janis Apeinis is a leading baritone of the Latvian National Opera. His repertoire includes the title roles of Eugen Onegin and Don Giovanni, Escamillo/ Carmen, Scarpia/ Tosca, Marcello/ La Bohème, Sharpless/ Madama Butterfly, Valentin/ Faust, Marquis de la Force/ Dialogues des Carmélites, Lescaut/ Manon Lescaut, Conte di Luna/ Il Trovatore, Tonio/ I Pagliacci, Enrico Ashton/ Lucia di Lammermoor, Malatesta/ Don Pasquale, Conte/ Le nozze di Figaro, Figaro/ Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Yeletsky/ The Queen of Spades, Eisenstein/ Die Fledermaus and two contemporary roles in E.Ešenvalds’ operas Joseph is a fruitful bough and The Immured. He has won the important Latvijas Gaze "Best Opera Singer" award in 2008, 2011 and 2012.
Janis Apeinis appeared at the Tiroler Landestheater in the title role of Eugen Onegin in 2008 and returned there as Carlo Gérard/ Andrea Chénier in 2010. He has appeared since 2013 at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St.Petersburg in the title role of Eugen Onegin, the production has received two Golden Mask awards, for the “best opera production” and the “best stage director”. He is a regular guest at the Vanemuine Theatre in Tartu, Estonia. In 2017 he performed Silvio/ I Pagliacci with Theatre d'Operette de Lyon. In the autumn 2020 he will be singing Enrico Ashton/ Lucia di Lammermoor at Theater Koblenz.
Janis Apeinis graduated from the Jozeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music and received his Master’s degree in 2004. The same year he became prizewinner of the Jozeps Vitols Vocal Competition. In 2003 he made his stage debut at the Latvian National Opera.