Performance Database

Camilla Nylund


Camilla Nylund was born in 1968 in Vaasa / Finland. She studied with Professor Éva Illés and later 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.

Camilla Nylund had been member of the ensemble at the Dresden Semper Opera from 1999 until 2002. Major productions in Dresden included Cosi fan tutte, Falstaff, La Clemenza di Tito, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Arabella, Tannhäuser, Rosenkavalier, Fledermaus.

Ever since Camilla had been invited for productions and performances at many of the world’s leading opera houses – she sang Tatjana (Eugen Onegin) and Eva (Meistersinger) at the Hamburg State Opera and Gräfin in the Venice production of Capriccio, Leonore (Fidelio) at the Zurich Opera, Salome at the Köln Opera, in Vienna she performed Leonore in Beethoven’s first Fidelio version (Theater an der Wien). She debuted at the Bavarian State Opera (Elisabeth/Tannhäuser, Zubin Mehta), Furthermore the Salzburger Festspiele and Sir Simon Rattle invited her for their Japan tour with a concertant Fidelio.

In November 2005 Camilla Nylund made her successful debut at the Vienna State Opera (Salome). She was invited to la Scala di Milano and to Chicago to perform Beethoven 9th under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, at the Berlin Philharmonie she sang Contessa in Simon Rattle’s concertant performances of Figaro. Sir Simon Rattle re-invited her to Berlin for Henze’s Floss der Medusa. At the Bavarian State Opera the singer took part in the new production Chowanschtschina (Emma) and appeared as Contessa (Figaro), Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte and as Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. A new production of Marschallin (Rosenkavalier) brought her to the New National Theatre Tokyo. 2007/8 Camilla Nylund made her much acclaimed debut at the Salzburg Festival – in Rusalka. In 2009/10 she made her debut at the Paris Bastille as Salome (November 2009) which turned even out to be a tremendous success. Equally acclaimend was her first Irene in Rienzi, new production at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (January 2010). She appeared in a new production Notre Dame in Dresden, and in a new Salome-production (under the baton of Zubin Mehta) in Valencia.

In Summer 2011 she made her debut in Bayreuth – as Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, followed by re-invitations for 2012, 2013 and 2014.

2011/12 opened with a series of Ariadne at the Vienna State Opera, followed by Chrysothemis (Elektra) at the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, Rosenkavalier at La Scala di Milano, Salome in Vienna, Rusalka at Covent Garden/London, furthermore she appeared at the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam as Elisabetta (Don Carlo). In 2012/13 Camilla Nylund was invited to the San Francisco Opera for Lohengrin and to the Liceo Barcelona for Rusalka. Her first Sieglinde (Walküre, Vienna State Opera) became a much acclaimed role debut. In 2013/14 Camilla Nylund appeared in productions Ariadne in Frankfurt, Tote Stadt in Helsinki, Salome at the Staatsoper Berlin, a new production Lohengrin at the Vienna State Opera and Salome concertant in Philadelphia. Engagements in 2014/15 include: concerts with Beethovens 9. Symphony under Riccardo Muti in Chicago, Tannhäuser at the Vienna State Opera, Rusalka in Lyon, Ariadne auf Naxos Berlin State Opera, Rosenkavalier in Amsterdam. 

2015/16 includes Rosenkavalier at the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, Chrysothemis (Elektra) in Dresden, Holländer at the Berlin State Opera, Salome at The Vienna State Opera and in Tokyo, Lohengrin in Vienna and concertant in Amsterdam, new production Eugen Onegin in Dresden and the artist’s debut at the BBC Proms (soprano part in Missa SolemnisIn 2016/17 Camilla Nylund appeared as Leonore (Fidelio) under Barenboim at the Berlin State Opera, debuted Kaiserin (Frau ohne Schatten) at the Berlin State Opera, sang Senta (Der fliegende Holländer) in Helsinki and for the first time both female parts (Elisabeth and Venus) in Tannhäuser at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. To the Vienna State Opera she was invited for Walküre, Arabella and Fidelio, in Bayreuth 2017 she performed Sieglinde in WalküreSeason 2017/18 opened with Camilla Nylund’s much acclaimed role debut as Wozzeck-Marie in Düsseldorf, followed by a new production Capriccio (Gräfin) at the Frankfurt Opera, Senta (Der fliegende Holländer) in Zurich and a new production Freischütz at the Vienna State Opera. 

2018/19 started with a revival of Frau ohne Schatten at the Berlin State Opera, she was invited as Lohengrin-Elsa to the Deutsche Oper Berlin and sung Rusalka in Vienna and Paris (Bastille), Arabella in Dresden. In May/June 2019 Camilla Nylund was the much acclaimed Kaiserin in Frau ohne Schatten, conducted by Christian Thielemann, at the Vienna State Opera. Within the frame of that new production Camilla Nylund was nominated Wiener Kammersängerin.

Future engagements include a Debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York (Rosenkavalier), new production Rosenkavalier at the Staatsoper Berlin, Erwartung at La Scala and in Frankfurt.

Camilla Nylund regularly works with the world’s leading conductors within the concert and oratorio repertoire – Daniel Barenboim, Marek Janowski, Fabio Luisi, Ingo Metzmacher, Sir Simon Rattle, Yakov Kreizberg, Christian Thielemann, just to mention a few.


Engagements in Bayreuth

Year Opera Part
2020 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Eva, Pogners Tochter
2020 Lohengrin Elsa von Brabant
2019 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Eva, Pogners Tochter
2019 Lohengrin Elsa von Brabant
2017 Die Walküre Sieglinde
2014 Tannhäuser Elisabeth, Nichte des Landgrafen
2013 Tannhäuser Elisabeth, Nichte des Landgrafen
2012 Tannhäuser Elisabeth, Nichte des Landgrafen
2011 Tannhäuser Elisabeth, Nichte des Landgrafen