Camilla Nylund

Camilla Nylund
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Camilla Nylund
Nylund in 2008
Born (1968-06-11) 11 June 1968 (age 49)
Vaasa, Finland
Occupation Operatic soprano

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.[1][2] 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.[3] 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 (de), 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.[4]

In 2008, she appeared at the Salzburg Festival for the first time, in the title role of Dvořák's Rusalka.[5] She appeared at the Bayreuth Festival from 2011 to 2014 as Elisabeth in Wagner's Tannhäuser, and as Sieglinde in Die Walküre from 2017.[5] In 2014, she appeared in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss at the Frankfurt Opera,[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]




  1. ^ "Camilla Nylund, grande straussienne". Le Temps (in French). 13 October 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  2. ^ Haufe, Kay. "Weltstars singen im alten Kursaal auf dem Hirsch". Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  3. ^ "Interview mit Camilla Nylund". (in German). 25 August 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2018. 
  4. ^ "Frauenkirche Dresden: Praller Beethoven zur Premiere". Der Spiegel (in German). Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Camilla Nylund". Bayreuth Festival. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Camilla Nylund". Frankfurt Opera. Retrieved 22 February 2018. 
  7. ^ Ginell, Richard S. (12 September 2014). "Beethoven's Ninth provides some sparks at Hollywood Bowl". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 February 2018. 
  8. ^ "Missa solemnis / Symphoniker Hamburg". Elbphilharmonie (in German). Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  9. ^ Boyens, Bettina. ""Capriccio": Weg von der Perücken-Seligkeit". Frankfurter Neue Presse. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  10. ^ "Lehmann-Preisträger" (PDF) (in German). Mozarteum. Retrieved 25 February 2018. 
  11. ^ "Medaille Pro Finlandia für die Sopranistin Camilla Nylund". Finnish embassy in Berlin. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 

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