Venus & Adonis in Hannover

    Valdemar appears in La Festa Musicale and Ärt House 17’s production of John Blow’s opera Venus and Adonis at the Herrenhausen Barock. In 17th century France, castration was not allowed. So back then, the opera stars in France were not castratis, but high tenors. This high tenor voice type in French baroque music is called an haute-contre, which is not the same as a countertenor! A countertenor sings within the female vocal range (soprano, mezzosoprano or alto), whereas an haute-contre is just a high tenor. Because of the French influence at English court, the haute-contre voice type appears … Continued

Berliner Philharmonie

  In season 2023/24, engagements will bring Valdemar to venues such as the Royal Opera House La Monnaie in Brussels, Styriarte Festival in Graz, and the Berliner Philharmonie. The Berliner Philharmonie has become somewhat of a “home ground” for Valdemar in recent years, and now he returns to this iconic concert hall for a second time this season. This time, he will appear in the Kammermusiksaal in a concert with Italian renaissance music: Venedig in Berlin on January 28th.   For more information, please visit the Berlin Philharmonic’s website: https://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/konzerte/kalender/details/55535/      

Autumn colours

For large parts of his career, Danish tenor Valdemar Villadsen has been focusing mostly on baroque and contemporary music. But in recent years, he has caused a sensation within the bel canto repertoire (primarily Rossini and Bellini). Renowned German music critic Jürgen Kesting from the Frankfurter Allgemeine has hailed Valdemar as “a masterful tenor”, and Opernwelt wrote “he reaches the many high notes with magnificent effortlessness”. This autumn, Valdemar will focus on album recordings. He will, however, also find time to appear as a tenor soloist in Schmelzer’s Missa Dei Patris Benedicti at the Philharmonie Berlin in October, and in September he … Continued

Cassandra at La Monnaie

Valdemar is in Brussels where he is covering the leading role Blake in Bernard Fouccroulle’s opera Cassandra at the Royal Opera House La Monnaie. How can you convince others when they refuse to hear you? Why do some people ignore a future that is right before their eyes? For their first opera, Belgian composer Bernard Foccroulle and librettist Matthew Jocelyn have chosen a highly topical theme: environmental activism in the face of social inertia. The production is conducted by Kazushi Ono and directed by Marie-Eve Signeyrole.  

Arbace in Mozart’s Idomeneo

Valdemar will appear as Arbace in a concert performance of Mozart’s opera Idomeneo at the Open Air Opera Berlin. The opera will be conducted by Matthew Toogood (an Australian conductor from the Komische Oper Berlin). Valdemar has had a long-time cooperation with Matthew Toogood, and they will be joined by a stellar cast for this performance in Berlin.     For more information: https://openairopera.net/idomeneo-2023  

Bach & Bellini

Valdemar has many times been hailed for being a very versatile tenor – vocally and artistically. Among others, the famous German opera critic Jürgen Kesting from the Frankfurter Allgemeine has described Valdemar as “technically and stylistically a masterful tenor”. And this summer, Valdemar will once again prove his versatility, as he appears in both Bach performances and bel canto concerts with music by Bellini and Rossini. He will appear in a bel canto concert in Burgos (Spain), in Bach’s Coffee Cantata in Lehnin (Germany), Bach’s Magnificat (on July 2nd – exactly 300 years after the first performance in Leipzig), Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor in … Continued

Spring is in the air

Valdemar has many times been hailed for being vocally and artistically a very versatile tenor. Among others, the famous German opera critic Jürgen Kesting from the Frankfurter Allgemeine has described Valdemar as “technically and stylistically a masterful tenor”, and this spring, Valdemar will once again prove his versatility, as he engages in many different projects. He will appear as the Bach Evangelist in both St Matthew Passion (Matthäus-Passion) and St John’s Passion (Johannes-Passion) in Germany and France. He will also appear in a solo recital with bel canto music in Berlin, in a contemporary music concert in Bonn, and as … Continued

A versatile winter

This winter, Valdemar will appear in concerts with baroque music such as Handel’s Messiah with the Berlin Baroque Orchestra and Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium with the South Denmark Philharmonic, and later he will appear in bel canto gala concerts in Zaragoza and Oviedo as well as in several concerts with contemporary classical music throughout Germany.   For more information, see Performances

Valdemar Villadsen in Concert

This autumn, Valdemar will focus mostly on album recordings – stay tuned for more information! But Valdemar will also find the time to perform several solo concerts. Some of the solo concerts will contain mainly baroque music and some concerts will have an emphasis on the bel canto repertoire. So this fall, you can experience Valdemar Villadsen in concert in Copenhagen, Svendborg, Tølløse, Berlin and Basel.   For more information, see Performances    

Summer of bel canto music

Valdemar has become an in-demand bel canto tenor, and this summer he will appear in the leading role as Gualtiero in a production of Bellini’s IL PIRATA at the Open Air Opera Berlin. And later this summer, the Danish opera festival: Sydfynske Opera Festival presents the event Valdemar Villadsen in Concert. A solo concert where Valdemar will perform music by Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti.   For more information, see Performances