Danish tenor Valdemar Villadsen graduated from the soloist class of the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen in 2012. He has since established himself as an in-demand soloist throughout Europe.
He has appeared in venues such as the Philharmonie Berlin, Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Danish Opera, Wiesbaden State Opera, Kiel Opera House, Teatro Principal de Burgos, Rossini Festival, Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sansoucci and Internationale Maifestspiele Wiesbaden, and has performed acclaimed solo recitals in Paris, Rome, Basel and at the Bergen International Festival.
His opera roles include Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Castor in Rameau’s Castor et Pollux, Glaucus in Leclair’s Scylla et Glaucus, Apollo in Cavalli’s Gli amori d’Apollo e di Dafne, Almaviva in Rossini’s Il Barbere di Siviglia, the officer in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten and Adam in Hvidtfeldt Nielsen’s Chains.
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 as the Evangelist in the St Matthew Passion and the Christmas Oratorio in Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and Germany (including Philharmonie Berlin). Recent concert appearances include Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (L’Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar), Orff’s Carmina Burana (Stavanger Symphony Orchestra/Christian Vasquez) and Bach’s Mass in B minor (Concerto Copenhagen/Lars Ulrik Mortensen).
Villadsen has worked with conductors such as Fabio Luisi, Giancarlo Andretta, Julius Rudel, Christian Vasquez, Alessandro Amoretti, Christina Pluhar, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Paul Hillier, Václav Luks, Andrew Lawrence-King, Carlos Mena, Javier Illan, Benjamin Bayl, David Riddell, Christian Kluxen and Zsolt Hamar, and with opera directors such as Vasily Barkhatov, Sir David McVicar and Lucinda Childs.
Future engagements include the Evangelist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in the Philharmonie Berlin, the title role in Mozart’s Mitridate in Valencia and the leading role in an opera world premiere at the Royal Danish Opera.