Camilla Nylund, born in Vaasa (Finland), first studied with Eva Illes, later in the opera and song class at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In December 1995 she was awarded the Lilli Lehmann Medal by the International Mozarteum Foundation.
After permanent engagements in Hanover and at the Semperoper Dresden, Camilla Nylund is now one of the internationally most sought-after singers in her field and is a regular guest at all major opera houses – at the Vienna State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Metropolitan Opera New York, La Scala di Milano, the Paris Bastille, the Berlin and Hamburg State Operas, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, at the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals, in Barcelona, Valencia, Zurich, Helsinki, Cologne, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Tokyo, San Fran-cisco.
The artist’s repertoire includes all major parts of the classic-romantic repertoire. Especially with her interpretation of Richard Wagner – Elisabeth, Elsa, Eva, Sieglinde, Senta – and Richard Strauss – Marschallin, Arabella, Capriccio-Gräfin, Chrysothemis, Kaiserin (Frau ohne Schatten), Ariadne, Salome – Camilla Nylund is always anew setting artistic standards.
In addition to her active work on the international opera stages, she is also a regular guest in all major concert halls – Konzerthaus and Philharmonie Berlin, Herkulessaal Munich, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wiener Musikverein, Wiener Konzert-haus, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Tonhalle Zürich, in Rome, at the BBC Proms, in Philadel-phia, Cleveland, Boston.
Both within the opera and concert field Camilla Nylund is working with all major Maestri of our time – such as Zubin Mehta, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christian Thielemann, Andris Nelsons, Daniel Barenboim, Vladimir Jurowski, Gianandrea Noseda, Riccardo Muti, Marek Janowski.
For many years Camilla Nylund has been giving distinction to the Bayreuth Festival. In 2011 the artist made her debut on the “Green Hill” as Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, followed by Elsa (Lohengrin) and Sieglinde (Walküre). Currently she can be heard as Eva in Die Meistersinger.
In 2017 Camilla Nylund added an exciting new part to her repertoire: Marie in Wozzeck (Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf). 2021 saw her first Jenufa (Berlin State Opera). The opera world is now eagerly awaiting Camilla Nylund’s debut as Katerina (Lady Macbeth of Mzensk – Hamburg State Opera).
Camilla Nylund also pays a particular attention to the genre of the recital. Together with Helmut Deutsch she is dedicating her recital programs to the romantic German songs as well as to the composers from her Scandinavian homeland, especially Jean Sibelius.
To honour Camilla Nylund’s long and successful artistic relationship with the Vienna State Opera, the artist was awarded the title of Austrian Kammersängerin (2019). The Semperoper Dresden has also appointed Camilla Nylund as Saxon Kammersängerin. Camilla Nylund is even recipient of other important awards – the Christel Goltz Prize of the Semperoper (2000), the Culture Prize of the Swedish Cultural Fund in Finland, the Pro Finlandia Medal, awarded by the Finnish President (2013), and the Finnish State Prize for Music (2019).
As of August 2021