Biography

Johanna Nylund is an up-and-coming finnish soprano based in Copenhagen. This season brings two debuts in her home country: Pamina at the Finnish National Opera and Lìu in Turandot in Alexander Theatre. See her calendar here.

Nylund has gained recognizion in the Nordics in this past year. She was the recipient of the prestigious Barbro Salén scholarship in Stockholm and one of the Léonie Sonning talent prize recipients in Copenhagen in 2022. See her interview and music video here.

Nylund has been a soloist with different Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, such as Århus Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Oulu Chamber Orchestra and Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra. She has worked with Thomas Søndergård, Marc Soustrot, Jean Thorel and Geoffrey Paterson among others.

See her full repertoire here.

Nylund’s repertoire includes also contemporary music. She performed Kaija Saariaho’s Leino songs with DKDM’s Symphony Orchestra and Nico Muhly’s How Little You Are with DKDM Guitar Ensemble and DKDM Chamber Choir. She sang the role of Dalloway in Kirsten Milenko’s opera Dalloway (2020) in it’s first public performance at Pulsar festival in Copenhagen. She sang also Virginia Woolf in Mathias Vestergård’s opera Titanic, and Mother of Lemminkäinen in The Canine Kalevala (Koirien Kalevala) by Jaakko Kuusisto in Kuopio City Theatre. Her other opera roles include Nella in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi that she sang in Copenhagen Operafestival’s. She also sang Gilda in a shortened version of Verdi’s Rigoletto at Opera Hedeland.

Nylund has sung soloist parts with different ensembles and choirs with repertoire such as Messiah by G.F.Händel, The Christmas Oratorio by J.S.Bach and Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. This season she sings Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s Great Mass in C-minor and Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem.

Nylund performs Lied-repertoire as part of Duo Newbrook with pianist Johannes Stenberg Brooks. They received 3rd prize at the international Copenhagen Lied-Duo Competition in October 2019.

Nylund was a soloist in two Opera Gala -concerts with Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra after winning The Bel Canto Institute Orchestral Performance Award 2018 at the Bel Canto Institute’s summer program in Florence. In July 2019 Nylund received a 3rd prize in Kangasniemi singing competition. She received a special prize of 1000 € at Lappeenranta Singing Competition in 2023.

Nylund studied her Bachelor degree in her native country Finland at Savonia University of Applied Sciences with Annastiina Tahkola. She finished her Master degree in singing at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in June 2019 with professor Eva Hess Thaysen as her teacher. She also graduated from Operahögskolan in Stockholm (Stockholm University of the Arts, Department of Opera) in the spring of 2022, studying with Robert Hyman. She graduated from the Soloist class of The Royal Danish Academy of Music in the fall of 2022.

Nylund has also studied with Helene Gjerris in Copenhagen and Rita Susovsky in Trieste where she spent eight months as an exchange student. She has participated in masterclasses with Barbara Hannigan, Bo Skovhus, Susanna Eken, Anne Magrethe Dahl, Topi Lehtipuu, Neville Dove and Soile Isokoski among others.

Nylund is a native Finnish speaker. In addition she speaks English, Italian, Danish and sings also in Swedish, Danish, German, Czech, Russian and French.

Nylund has received support for her studies also from Den Bøhmske Fond and Augustinus Fonden.

Marita Räsänen