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, Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, Heinrich Schütz Musikfest, Copenhagen Opera Festival 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, 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 Glaucus in Leclair’s Scylla et Glaucus at the Kiel Opera House, Offizier in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten at the Wiesbaden State Opera, 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, opera productions and cabaret shows at venues such as the Betty Nansen Theatre in Copenhagen and the Hamburger Kammeroper.