Camilla Nylund was born in Vaasa (Finland) and studied voice under Eva Illes before entering the lieder and opera class at the Salzburg Mozarteum. In 1995, the Mozarteum International Foundation awarded her the Lili Lehmann Medal. From 1999 to 2001, she was a member of the Dresden Semperoper and her career quickly took on an international dimension. She has sung the roles of Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), the Countess (Capriccio, Le Nozze di Figaro), Leonore (Fidelio), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), the Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier), Eva (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Irene (Rienzi), Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos), Chrysothemis (Elektra), and Elisabeth de Valois (Don Carlo) at some of the most prestigious opera venues (the Hamburg Staatsoper, the Zurich Opera, the Cologne Opera, the Theater an der Wien, Milan’s La Scala, Berlin’s Deutsche Oper, the Berlin Philharmonie, Tokyo’s New National Theatre, the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, and London’s Royal Opera House).
She made her Vienna Staatsoper debut in the title role of Salomé in 2005 (a role she also performed for her Paris Opera debut in 2009), then made her Salzburg Festival debut in 2008 (Rusalka) and her Bayreuth Festival debut in 2011 (Tannhäuser). She performed the role of Sieglinde (Die Walküre) in Vienna in 2013. More recently, she played Leonore (Fidelio, under the direction of Daniel Barenboim), the Empress (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Senta (Die Vliegende Hollander) at the Berlin Staatsoper, Elisabeth and Venus (Tannhäuser) and Elsa (Lohengrin) at Berlin’s Deutsche Oper, Sieglinde, the title role in Arabella, Leonore, Agathe (Le Freischütz) and Rusalka at the Vienna Staatsoper, Sieglinde at the 2017 Bayreuth Festival, the Countess (Capriccio) in Frankfurt, Senta in Zurich, and Arabella in Dresden.
Last season she made her debut in the role of Marie (Wozzeck) in Düsseldorf. Camilla Nylund also performs in concert with an extensive repertoire ranging from Bach to Webern under the direction of conductors like Daniel Barenboim, Marek Janowski, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, and Christian Thielemann.
Ariadne auf Naxos at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Vienna Staatsoper, Die Walküre (Sieglinde) at the Budapest Festival, and Eva (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) at the Bayreuth Festival.