Camilla Nylund has established herself as one of the world’s leading lyric-dramatic sopranos.
Her debut as Rusalka in the Salzburg Festspiele in 2008 with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Franz Werner-Möst garnered rave reviews. Le Monde praised her, saying “la distribution était absolument remarquable: Camilla Nylund, superbe, dense, murmurant sa ‘Romance à la lune’, ou tonnant, toujours émouvante en Rusalka”.
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, Hamburg, Tokyo, Helsinki, Barcelona, San Diego, Amsterdam, Bayreuth, San Francisco, 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 of Ms. Nylund. She has performed the title role in Salome 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 at the famed Bayreuth in 2011. Additional engagements of Tannhäuser were at the San Diego Opera, Oper Köln, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (including a live DVD recording) and a tour throughout Japan at the Semperoper Dresden.
As Leonore in Fidelio she sung in Theater an der Wien, Opernhaus Zürich and was engaged by the Osterfestspiele Salzburg for a tour through Japan under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle.
The title role in Dvorak’s Rusalka has been coupled with many significant debuts. In 2008 Ms. Nylund sung for the first time at the Salzburg Festspiele, receiving critical acclaim for her performance. In 2011 she made her debut at Covent Garden in London and in 2012 she made her debut at the Liceu Barcelona.
Additionally, Ms. Nylund is well-known for her interpretation of Elsa in Lohengrin. After her role debut in 2006 at Oper Köln, she went on to perform Elsa at the Semperoper Dresden, Wiener Staatsoper, in a concertante version in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and most recently in a highly successful production at the San Francisco Opera.
Throughout her career Ms. Nylund has performed in numerous Strauss and Wagner operas.
She has sung the title role in Arabella at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Oper Frankfurt, Vlaamse Opera and the Wiener Staatsoper, Chrysothemis in Elektra at De Nederlandse Opera, Gräfin in Capriccio at Oper Köln and in Venice, and the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Wiener Staatsoper. As the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier Ms. Nylund performed in Teatro alla Scala, New National Theatre Tokyo and the Wiener Staatsoper; as Eva in Der Meistersinger von Nürnberg she sung at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper and the Semperoper Dresden.
Other significant opera productions have included Don Carlo (Elisabeth) with De Nederlandse Opera and Eugene Onegin (Tatjana) with the Hamburgische Staatsoper.
Ms. Nylund has appeared in many new productions including Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina (Emma) at the Bayerische Staatsoper and Lehar’s Die lustige Witwe (Hanna Glawari) at the Hamburgische Staatsoper. Her performance in Wagner’s Rienzi (Irene) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin was highly esteemed. At the Semperoper Dresden she sung the role of Esmeralda in Franz Schmidt’s Notre Dame and the title role in Strauss’ Daphne; at the Finnish National Opera she sung the role of Marietta in Korngold’s Die tote Stadt and recently in 2012 the role of Marja in Aarre Merikanto’s Juha.
In 2013 Ms. Nylund will return to the Wiener Staatsoper for Die Walküre (Sieglinde) and to the Finnish National Opera for Die tote Stadt (Marietta). She will also sing the title roles in Rusalka (Grand Théâtre de Genève) and Ariadne auf Naxos (Oper Frankfurt).
Additional future engagements include the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier (De Nederlandse Opera), title roles in Salome (Staatsoper Berlin and Opera Philadelphia) and Arabella (Hamburgische Staatsoper) and a reprise of Tannhäuser in Bayreuth and at the Wiener Staatsoper. Additionally Ms. Nylund will sing at the Wiener Staatsoper in new productions of Lohengrin (Elsa) and Der Freischütz (Agathe).
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, Frans Welser-Möst, Daniel Barenboim, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Helmuth Rilling, Marek Janowski, Fabio Luisi, Ingo Metzmacher, Osmo Vänskä, Philippe Herreweghe and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
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. Recently Ms. Nylund sung Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the Oslo Philharmonic under the baton of Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
The discography of Camilla Nylund includes more than thirty CD and DVD recordings, available from Sony Classical, Ondine, Hänssler Classic, ArkivMusic, ArtHaus Musik and other labels. Recently Ms. Nylund recorded with celebrated tenor Klaus Florian Vogt on the CD ‘Wagner’, released in January 2013 by Sony Classical. Additional new releases include Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in E flat major Symphony of the Thousand with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the baton of Mariss Jansons and a live recording of Strauss’ Elektra at De Nederlandse Opera. Her much-awaited and acclaimed solo album ‘Transfiguration’ with famous arias and scenes by Strauss and Wagner was released in 2011 on the Ondine label. Other CD collaborations have included the role of Leonore in the original 1805 version of Fidelio, Op.72 with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Bertrand de Billy and a live recording of her debut as Rusalka at the Salzburg Festspiele 2008. She was also featured on the CD ‘Children First’ in collaboration with various artists to support the work of UNICEF.
Ms. Nylund has appeared on numerous DVD recordings. On the Arthaus Musik label Ms. Nylund sung the role of Irene in Wagner’s Rienzi (Deutsche Oper Berlin) and the role of Elisabeth in Tannhäuser (Festspielhaus Baden-Baden). She can be seen as Leonore in the 2004 Opernhaus Zürich recording of Fidelio with conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt on the ArkivMusic label. In 2007 the DVD of Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina live from the Bayerische Staatsoper was released and in 2002 her first DVD recording, Antikrist by Rued Langgaard with the Royal Danish Opera, appeared.
A native of Vaasa in Finland, Camilla Nylund received her musical education with Professor Eva Illes and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. For her outstanding achievement she was awarded the Lilli Lehmann Medal in 1995 by the International Foundation of the Mozarteum. After a highly acclaimed debut at the Niedersächsische Staatsoper Hannover she was engaged as a permanent member of the ensemble from 1995-1999. Ms. Nylund made her debut at the Finnish National Opera in 1996 in the role of the Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro. From 1999 – 2002 she was a member of the ensemble of the Dresden Semperoper where she sung in numerous operas including Così fan tutte, Falstaff, La Clemenza di Tito, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Arabella, Tannhäuser, Der Rosenkavalier, Der Freischütz and Der Fledermaus. While in Dresden she was the recipient of the prestigious Christel Goltz-Preis.
In 2008 Ms. Nylund was given the title ‘Kammersängerin’ by the state of Saxony and in 2013 she was awarded the prestigious Culture Prize of Sweden for her exceptional accomplishments.
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