Danish tenor Valdemar Villadsen graduated from the soloist class at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen in 2012.
He has since appeared in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Danish Opera, Wiesbaden State Opera, Kiel Opera House, Teatro Principal de Burgos, Rossini Festival, Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, Heinrich Schütz Musikfest, Festival de Música Antigua, Bergen International Festival, Copenhagen Opera Festival and Internationale Maifestspiele Wiesbaden. And he has performed acclaimed solo recitals in Paris, Rome, Istanbul, Berlin and Basel.
His opera roles include Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Lindoro in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri, the officer in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten, Seth in Danksagmüller’s Nova and high tenor (haute-contre) roles in baroque operas such as Castor in Rameau’s Castor et Pollux, title role in Rameau’s Pygmalion, Glaucus in Leclair’s Scylla et Glaucus and Apollo in Cavalli’s Gli amori d’Apollo e di Dafne.
Villadsen is a sought-after concert and oratorio singer, where he has particularly made a name for himself as a Bach Evangelist. He has appeared in Bach’s Passions in Sweden, Denmark, United Kingdom, Iceland, Switzerland, Italy and Germany (including the Philharmonie Berlin). He is also sought-after for the demanding tenor part in Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Villadsen has worked with conductors such as Giancarlo Andretta, Julius Rudel, Christian Vásquez, Fabio Luisi, Alessandro Amoretti, Christina Pluhar, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Paul Hillier, Václav Luks, Andrew Lawrence-King, Carlos Mena, Javier Illan, Benjamin Bayl, Sirrka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch, David Riddell, Mark Tatlow, Christian Kluxen, Matthew Toogood, Peter Spissky and Zsolt Hamar, and with opera directors such as Vasily Barkhatov, Elisabeth Linton, Lucinda Childs and Sir David McVicar.
Recent engagements include Offizier in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten at the Wiesbaden State Opera, Glaucus in Leclair’s Scylla et Glaucus at the Kiel Opera House (co-production with Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles), Seth in the world premiere of Franz Danksagmüller’s opera Nova in Dortmund, Evangelist in Bach’s St Matthew Passion in Iceland, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, solo concert with the Concerto Copenhagen in Rome, Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine at the Philharmonie Berlin and Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in Potsdam and Ghent with L’Arpeggiata.
Villadsen is also an accomplished stage director and he has directed plays, cabaret shows and opera productions at venues such as the Hamburger Kammeroper, InnovationArt Theatre in Berlin and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.