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About Camilla Nylund

Though she was active in opera, concert work, and recordings from the latter half of the 1990s, Camilla Nylund emerged in the early years of the 21st century as one of the leading sopranos regularly appearing in the operas of Wagner, Richard Strauss, and Mozart. Her repertory, however, is much broader than that assessment suggests, as it takes in a variety of roles: Mimi (La bohème), Rusalka, Leonore (Fidelio), Anne Trulove (The Rake's Progress), and Desdemona (Otello), to name but a few; and an enormous range of concert works by J.S. Bach, Bernstein, Bruckner, Mahler, Ravel, Sibelius, Zemlinsky, and scores of others, including contemporary composers. Not surprisingly, she has appeared at many of the world's major operatic venues, including the Vienna State Opera, La Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Finnish National Opera. In addition, she has appeared in concert with many of the foremost European and American orchestras and has made over 30 recordings, available from DG, Hänssler Classic, ArtHaus Musik, and other labels.

Camilla Nylund was born in Vaasa, Finland, in 1968. She studied voice with Eva Illes and had later studies at the Salzburger Mozarteum. Nylund was an ensemble member with the Hannover-based Niedersächsischen Staatsoper, from 1995-1999. During this period she appeared on her first recordings: contemporary Finnish composer Mikko Heiniö's Hermes, on the Ondine label, and the E.T.A. Hoffmann Miserere, on Koch International, both issued in 1996.

Nylund next served as a member of the Saxon State Opera in Dresden, from 1999-2001. While there she was the recipient of the prestigious Christel Goltz-Preis in 2000. She also made a number of notable debuts around this time, including with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2001), singing Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs. Nylund's first DVD appeared in 2002, the highly successful Dacapo production of Langgaard's Antikrist, in which she sang The Great Whore.

In 2004 Nylund made her acclaimed Zurich debut as Leonore in Fidelio, under Nikolaus Harnoncourt. For her 2008 Salzburg Festival debut she sang the title role in Rusalka, with Franz Welser-Möst conducting the Cleveland Orchestra. In 2008 Nylund was given the title kammersängerin (chamber singer) by the state of Saxony. Nylund's 2009-2010 schedule included appearances at the Oper Frankfurt (as Arabella), Opéra National de Paris (as Salome), Cologne State Opera (as the Marschallin), and numerous others. Nylund's more acclaimed later recordings include the 2010 ArtHaus Musik DVD of Wagner's Rienzi, on which she sings Irene.