Johanna Nylund, soprano


Johanna Nylund is a Finnish soprano based in Copenhagen. The season 2022-2023 brings a debut in her home country: Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Finnish National Opera. Among others, Nylund’s opera repertoire includes Nella in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto, Liù in Puccini’s Turandot, Dalloway in Kirsten Milenko’s opera Dalloway (2020) and Virginia Woolf in Mathias Vestergård’s opera Murder Mystery on the Titanic (2019).

Nylund received the Barbro Salén scholarship in Stockholm in the spring of 2022. She was also one of the Léonie Sonning talent prize recipients in 2022 in Denmark. In addition, she has received support for her studies from Den Bøhmske Fond and Augustinus Fonden.

Nylund has a Masters degree from Stockholm University of the Arts’ Department of Opera as well as from The Royal Danish Academy of Music (RDAM) in Copenhagen. She is debuting from RDAM’s soloist class in November 2022.

Nylund sings a wide range of concert repertoire. In 2021 she performed Kaija Saariaho's 4 Leino songs with RDAM's Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Søndergård. She has also been a soloist with Odense Symphony Orchestra, Plenum Symphony Orchestra, Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra and Århus sinfonietta as well as different chamber ensembles and choirs with repertoire varying from early music to opera and new music. Her repertoire includes for example Messiah by G.F. Händel, The Christmas Oratorios by J.S.Bach and Camille Saint-Saëns and Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. In December 2022 she
will sing Faurè’s Requiem with Århus Symphony Orchestra.

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. She was also awarded 3rd prize at Kangasniemi singing competition in 2019.

Nylund studied her Bachelor degree at Savonia University of Applied Sciences in Kuopio. She has participated in masterclasses with Barbara Hannigan, Bo Skovhus, Anne Sofie von Otter, Malcolm Martineau, Susanna Eken, Anne Magrethe Dahl, Topi Lehtipuu, Neville Dove and Soile Isokoski among others.

Opera roles

Georges Bizet

CARMEN/ Micaëla

Jaakko Kuusisto

THE CANINE KALEVALA/ Mother of Lemminkäinen

Kirsten Milenko

DALLOWAY/ Dalloway

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Giacomo Puccini


Igor Stravinsky


Giuseppe Verdi


Matias Vestergård

TITANIC/ Virginia Woolf
Concert repertoire

Johann Sebastian Bach

St. John Passion BWV 245
Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, BWV 99

Georg Friedrich Händel

The Messiah, HVW 56

Gioacchino Rossini

Petite Messe Solenelle

Kaija Saariaho

Leino songs (Leino-laulut)

Camille Saint-Saëns

Oratorio de Noël

C.E.F. Weyse

Bornholms tidende, 2019
What a voice! Johanna Nylund presented arias with a beautiful, mature and narrative expression. The tones flowed easily and completely naturally. Nylund’s voice capacity impressed and caused goosebumbs already from the beginning. The orchestra didn’t have to hold back.
Keskisuomalainen, 2019
Nylund shined with her composure and admirably pure singing. Kaija Saariaho’s composition Sua katselen revealed Nylund’s technical magic, which was particularly emphasized in the quieter tones. Long, static and very quietly sung lines carried over the piano in a controlled manner in the Kangasniemi Hall and captivated the audience.
Keskisuomalainen, 2018
A special mention of the ease of singing goes to Nylund, who managed the demanding coloratura challenges of the aria ”Rejoice, daughter of Zion” in an unprecedently natural way.
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