The discography of Camilla Nylund includes more than thirty CD and DVD recordings, available from Sony Classical, Ondine, Hänssler Classic, ArkivMusic and ArtHaus Musik. Recently three recordings have been released on the Oehms Classics label: ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’, ‘Lohengrin’ and ‘Iphigenia in Aulis’. Ms. Nylund collaborated with celebrated tenor Klaus Florian Vogt on the CD ‘Wagner’, which was released in January 2013 by Sony Classical. Additional recordings 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. Since 2003 she has worked with Prof. Irmgard Boas.
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 – 2001 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. Until 2011 she made various guest appearances at the Dresden Semperoper and in 2016 she will return to sing Tatjana in Tchaikovsky’s ‘Eugene Onegin’.
In 2008 Ms. Nylund was given the title ‘Kammersängerin’ by the state of Saxony. In 2013 she was awarded the prestigious Culture Prize of Sweden for her exceptional accomplishments and the Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland, one of Finland’s highest honours.
Leading lyric-dramatic soprano
Camilla Nylund has established herself as one of the world’s leading lyric-dramatic sopranos.
Her title role debut in ‘Rusalka’ at the Salzburg Festspiele in 2008 with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Franz Werner-Möst garnered rave reviews, gaining acclaim from the international press. The Finnish soprano
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 in her repertoire.
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 in 2011 at the famed Bayreuth. Additional engagements of ‘Tannhäuser’ followed 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.