Danish tenor Valdemar Villadsen graduated from the soloist class at 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 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 and Internationale Maifestspiele Wiesbaden. And he has performed acclaimed solo recitals in Paris, Rome, Basel and at the Bergen International Festival.
His opera roles include Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Arnold in Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, the officer in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten, Adam in Hvidtfeldt Nielsen’s Chains and high tenor (haute-contre) roles in baroque operas such as Castor in Rameau’s Castor et Pollux, Pygmalion 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 as the Evangelist in the St Matthew Passion and the Christmas Oratorio in Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and Germany (including the Philharmonie Berlin). Recent concert appearances include Orff’s Carmina Burana (Stavanger Symphony Orchestra/Christian Vasquez), Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (L’Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar) 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 Vásquez, 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, Sir David McVicar, Elisabeth Linton and Lucinda Childs.
Engagements in the season 2016-17 included Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in Potsdam and Ghent with L’Arpeggiata, Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine at the Philharmonie Berlin, Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Arctic Arts Festival and leading roles in both the world premiere of Hvidtfeldt Nielsen’s opera Chains at Aarhus Summer Opera as well as in Leclair’s baroque opera Scylla et Glaucus at the Kiel Opera House, in a co-production with Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles.