Camilla Nylund

Camilla Nylund

Camilla Nylund has established herself as one of the world’s leading lyric‐dramatic sopranos. Her title role debut in Rusalka at the Salzburg Festspiele in 2008 with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra garnered rave reviews, gaining acclaim from the international press. The Finnish soprano regularly appears with world-renowned orchestras and conductors and has sung leading roles in opera houses in Zürich, Vienna, Paris, Berlin, Dresden, Köln, Tokyo, Helsinki, Barcelona, San Diego, Amsterdam, London and Milan.

Ms. Nylund’s international breakthrough was in the 2004/2005 season with various role debuts: as Elisabeth (Tannhäuser) at the Bayerische Staatsoper, as Salome in Köln and as Leonore (Fidelio) at the Opernhaus Zürich. All three have become signature roles in her repertoire. She has performed the title role in Salom’ in various productions at the Wiener Staatsoper, Opera Toulouse, Opera Valencia (under the baton of Zubin Mehta) and at the Dresden Semperoper, including a tour throughout Japan. Her 2009 debut at the Bastille in Paris as Salome was a tremendous success. Singing the role of Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, Ms. Nylund made her debut in 2011 at the famed Bayreuth. As Leonore in Fidelio she sung in Theater an der Wien and was engaged by the Osterfestspiele Salzburg for a tour through Japan under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle.

In recent seasons she has appeared in productions of Ariadne of Naxos (Oper Frankfurt, Staatsoper Berlin), Die tote Stadt (Finnish National Opera), Salome (Staatsoper Berlin, Opera Philadelphia, New National Theatre in Tokyo), Rusalka (Opéra National de Lyon), Der Rosenkavalier (Dutch National Opera), and in a new production of Lohengrin at the Wiener Staatsoper. She gave the first Finnish performance of Émilie, a monologue opera composed by Kaija Saariaho, at the Finnish National Opera. Her performance as Sieglinde in Die Walküre at the Wiener Staatsoper was a much acclaimed role debut. Since her debut in Bayreuth in 2011, re‐invitations followed in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Camilla Nylund has appeared in concert with many of the foremost European and American orchestras. She has worked with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Franz Welser‐Möst, Daniel Barenboim, and Marek Janowski. Highlights from her concert appearances have included Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Sir Simon Rattle) and with the La Scala Philharmonic (Daniel Barenboim), Schumann’s Faustszenen in Berlin with Ingo Metzmacher, and Henze’s monumental oratorio Das Floß der Medusa with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Sir Simon Rattle.

The discography of Camilla Nylund includes more than thirty CD and DVD recordings. Recently three recordings have been released on the Oehms Classics label: Ariadne auf Naxos, Lohengrin and Iphigenia in Aulis. Her much-awaited and acclaimed solo album ‘Transfiguration’ with famous arias and scenes by Strauss and Wagner was released in 2011. Ms. Nylund has appeared on numerous DVD recordings. She sung the role of Irene in Wagner’s Rienzi (Deutsche Oper Berlin) and the role of Elisabeth in Tannhäuser (Festspielhaus Baden-Baden), as well as Leonore in the 2004 Opernhaus Zürich recording of Fidelio with conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

A native of Vaasa in Finland, Camilla Nylund received her musical education under Professor Eva Illes and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 1995, the International Foundation of the Mozarteum awarded Nylund the Lili Lehmann Medal for her outstanding achievements. While in Dresden, she was the recipient of the prestigious Christel-Goltz‐Preis. In 2013, she was awarded the prestigious Culture Prize of Sweden for her exceptional accomplishments and the Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland, one of Finland’s highest honours.

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