Nylund in 2008
11 June 1968 |
Camilla Nylund (born 11 June 1968) is a Finnish operatic soprano. She appears internationally in lyric-dramatic soprano roles such as Beethoven's Leonore, Verdi's Elisabetta, and Wagner's Elisabeth and Sieglinde. She is especially known for portraying leading female characters in operas by Richard Strauss, such as the Marschallin, Arabella, Ariadne and Countess Madeleine. She appeared at international festivals and at the openings of the Frauenkirche in Dresden and the Elbphilharmonie.
Born in Vaasa, Finland, Nylund studied first musicology in Turku, and voice at the conservatoire. She continued her studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She was a member of the Staatsoper Hannover, followed by the Semperoper in Dresden, where she stayed to 2002. She was honoured there by the Christel Goltz Prize, for roles such as Marie in Smetana's Die verkaufte Braut, Agathe in Weber's Der Freischütz, and Fiordiligi in Mozart's Così fan tutte. She won international attention in the 2004/05 season, singing three roles for the first time: Elisabeth in Wagner's Tannhäuser. the title role of Salome by Richard Strauss at the Cologne Opera and the title role of Beethoven's Fidelio at the Opernhaus Zürich. She appeared in the reopening of the restored Frauenkirche in Dresden in November 2005, performing the soprano solo in Beethoven's Missa solemnis, conducted by Fabio Luisi and alongside Birgit Remmert, Christian Elsner and René Pape.
In 2008, she appeared at the Salzburg Festival for the first time, in the title role of Dvořák's Rusalka. She appeared at the Bayreuth Festival from 2011 to 2014 as Elisabeth in Wagner's Tannhäuser, and as Sieglinde in Die Walküre from 2017. In 2014, she appeared in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss at the Frankfurt Opera, as the Marschallin in his Der Rosenkavalier at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, and in the soprano part of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. In January 2017, she took part in the opening of the Elbphilharmonie, singing the soprano part in Beethoven's Missa solemnis, alongside Sarah Connolly, Klaus Florian Vogt and Luca Pisaroni with the Hamburger Symphoniker conducted by Jeffrey Tate. In 2018, she appeared as the Countess in Capriccio by Richard Strauss at the Frankfurt Opera, staged by Brigitte Fassbaender who moved the action to the time of the creation of the opera, World War II, and the place to Occupied France.