Camilla Nylund

Camilla Nylund


• Born 1968


Though she was active in the latter half of the 1990s, Camilla Nylund emerged in the early years of the 21st century as a leading soprano especially noted for appearances in the operas of Wagner, Richard Strauss, and Mozart. With a robust repertoire in opera and concert works, Nylund has performed on-stage in many of the top venues across the U.S. and Europe.

Nylund was born in Vaasa, Finland, on June 11, 1968. She studied voice with Eva Illes before studying at the Salzburger Mozarteum. Nylund was an ensemble member with the Niedersächsischen Staatsoper from 1995-1999. During this period, she appeared on her first recordings: contemporary composer Mikko Heiniö's Hermes, on the Ondine label, and the E.T.A. Hoffmann Miserere, on Koch International, both issued in 1996. Nylund next served as a member of the Saxon State Opera in Dresden, from 1999-2001. While there, she was the recipient of the prestigious Christel Goltz-Preis in 2000. She also made a number of notable debuts around this time, including with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2001), singing Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs.

Nylund's first DVD appeared in 2002, the highly successful Dacapo production of Langgaard's Antikrist, in which she sang The Great Whore. Her expansive repertoire has allowed her to perform in a variety of roles in her career, including Mimi (La bohème), Anne Trulove (The Rake's Progress), and Desdemona (Otello). She also has an enormous range in concert works, performing works by Bach, Bernstein, Bruckner, and Mahler, and many others, including contemporary composers. She has appeared at many of the world's major operatic venues, including the Vienna State Opera, La Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Finnish National Opera. In 2004, Nylund made her acclaimed Zurich debut as Leonore in Fidelio, under Nikolaus Harnoncourt. For her 2008 Salzburg Festival debut, she sang the title role in Rusalka, with Franz Welser-Möst conducting the Cleveland Orchestra. That same year, Nylund was given the title Kammersängerin (Chamber Singer) by the state of Saxony. Nylund has appeared in several productions at the Bayreuth Festival since 2011, including Wagner's Tannhaüser, Die Walküre, Lohengrin, and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

Nylund's recordings can be found on the Deutsche Grammophon, Hänssler Classic, ArtHaus Musik labels, among others. Her more acclaimed recordings include a 2010 ArtHaus Musik DVD of Wagner's Rienzi, and a 2018 Opus Arte release of a Bayreuth Festival production of Wagner's Tannhaüser. In 2020, Nylund was heard on an Orfeo album of Richard Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten.