Biography

Johanna Nylund is a finnish soprano located in Copenhagen. She works as a freelancer while finishing her studies in the Soloist class at The Royal Danish Academy of Music. She is also graduating from Operahögskolan in Stockholm (Stockholm University of the Arts, Department of Opera) in the spring of 2022.

Next season will bring a debut in her home country: Pamina at the Finnish National Opera. In the spring of 2022 she is a cover at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen for the role of Death (Døden) in a new work Manualen (Louise Alenius). See her full list of repertoire here.

Nylund is the recipient of the prestigious Barbro Salén scholarship 2022. She was also one of the Léonie Sonning talent prize recipients in 2022. See her interview and music video here.

Gianni Schicchi at the Copenhagen Operafestival. Photographer: Olafur Gestsson

In August she sang Nella in Copenhagen Operafestival’s production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and Gilda in a shortened version of Verdi’s Rigoletto at Opera Hedeland. Nylund was supposed to sing Liù in Puccini’s Turandot in a production by Operabox in Helsinki in January 2021 and Miisa in Muumiooppera (Moomin opera) in January 2022 but both were canceled due to COVID-19 situation.

Nylund’s repertoire includes also new music repertoire. She performed Kaija Saariaho’s 4 Leino songs with DKDM’s Symphony Orchestra in 2021, conducted by Thomas Søndergård. She sang the role of Dalloway in Kirsten Milenko’s opera Dalloway (2020) in it’s first public performance at Pulsar festival 2020 in Copenhagen. In 2019 she sang the role of Virginia Woolf in Mathias Vestergård’s opera Titanic, and in 2017 she performed Mother of Lemminkäinen in The Canine Kalevala (Koirien Kalevala) by Jaakko Kuusisto in Kuopio City Theatre.

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.

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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 Reformationskantate by C.E.F. Weyse. In June 2019 she performed opera arias with Plenum Symphony Orchestra in Bornholm and in Copenhagen.

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. 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 from Den Bøhmske Fond and Augustinus Fonden.

Copyright: Marita Räsänen