Stage director in Hamburg

Not only is Valdemar in the middle of a flourishing tenor career, he is also an accomplished stage director. In February he will be directing an opera/cabaret show at the Hamburger Kammeroper, while also singing the leading role. The cabaret ensemble Kurt Weill Factory perform opera arias, lieder and cabaret songs from the 1920s & ’30s and melt it all together in one spectacular, funny, sexy and touching cabaret show. It has been a long-standing vision of Valdemar to be presenting classic opera music in new, informal ways and forms – and to a new audience – without changing the … Continued

Oratorio season!

In between several CD recordings Valdemar will focus mainly on oratorios this winter – first and foremost Christmas Oratorios. He appears as the Evangelist in Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio) in Berlin and later he will be the tenor soloist in Saint-Säens’ Christmas Oratorio near Basel. But before the Christmas Oratorio season starts, Valdemar will in November appear as the angel Uriel in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung (The Creation) in concerts in Copenhagen and Elsinore and it will be the first time he sings this part.    

Shakespeare in concert 2018

This summer Valdemar will appear in the theatre concert Shakespeare in Concert 2018 at the famous Shakespeare Festival at Hamlet’s castle Kronborg in Elsinore, Denmark. The performance will explore the fabulous univers of Shakespeare while enlighting it with music. Valdemar will be singing music by John Dowland, Claudio Monteverdi and G.F. Handel. For more information: http://hamletscenen.dk/en/platforms/the-shakespeare-festival/shakespeare-festival-2018/shakespeare-in-concert-2018/      

Bach in a northern light

This spring Valdemar will appear in Bach concerts in the Northern Hemisphere. First he will be the tenor soloist in Bach’s Magnificat with the excellent Norwegian baroque orchestra Barokkanerne at concerts in Oslo Cathedral and in Fredrikstad in Norway. And in the easter week Valdemar will tour Iceland as the Evangelist in Bach’s St Matthew Passion, ending with a performance in the majestic cathedral Hallgrimmskyrkja in Reykjavik on Good Friday: https://en.hallgrimskirkja.is/2018/03/28/j-s-bachs-st-matthew-passion-in-hallgrimskirkja-in-reykjavik-on-good-friday-march-30-2018-at-6pm/ Later this spring he will appear in what has become his new signature role in recent years: the tenor part in Carmina Burana at concerts in Denmark with fellow … Continued

More great reviews

    Valdemar appeared in a concert with French baroque music and works by Bach in Lörrach near Basel for which he received good reviews.     Oberbadisches Volksblatt wrote: “Valdemar Villadsen enchanted the audience with magnificent tenor splendor and acrobatic staccato chains in the Bach cantata.” “Mit herrlichem tenoralen Glanz (und akrobatischen Staccato-Ketten in der Bach-Kantate) begeisterte Valdemar Villadsen” https://www.verlagshaus-jaumann.de/inhalt.binzen-barocke-sakralwerke-in-oekumenischem-geist.9dd3efa5-49ab-430d-9601-5d88ed33695a.html       Badische Zeitung wrote: “… But also alto Silke Marchfeld and tenor Valdemar Villadsen presented themselves brilliantly. Villadsen in particular produced some exceptional coloratura passages.” “… Aber auch Altistin Silke Marchfeld und Tenor Valdemar Villadsen präsentierten sich … Continued

An energetic Christmas Oratorio

Acclaimed baroque violonist and conductor Peter Spissky (concertmaster in Concerto Copenhagen) is the leader of the new, inventive and energetic baroque ensemble Camerata Oresund. This christmas Spissky and Camerata Oresund will have a new and vibrant take on Bach’s beloved Christmas Oratorio. Valdemar will appear as the evangelist in concerts throughout Denmark.   https://billetto.dk/en/e/juleoratoriet-med-camerata-oresund-tickets-243624    

Concerto Copenhagen in Rome

Valdemar appears in a concert with the Concerto Copenhagen in Rome with music by Italian baroque composer Giuseppe Sarti. Sarti worked all across Europe including Denmark and he wrote several operas in Danish. The concert is also a celebration of the 50 years anniversary of the Danish Institute in Rome and will be attended by her majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.   For more information: http://www.valdemarvilladsen.com/performances/concerto-copenhagen-rome/  

A colorful autumn

Valdemar is facing a many-colored and artistically diverse autumn, in which he’s going to appear in Bach’s Mass in B minor in Essen, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in Norway, a Giuseppe Sarti concert in Rome with Concerto Copenhagen and a CD recording in Berlin. Valdemar returns to Essen where he last year sang the Evangelist in Bach’s St Matthew Passion (Matthäus-Passion) – a performance that was extremely well received by the critics. Then he will sing his second Carmina Burana in Norway this year, when he appears in Orff’s scenic cantata in the marvellous concert hall Grieg Hall (Grieghallen) in Norway … Continued

Opernwelt

Valdemar received a great review in the leading opera magazine Opernwelt for his performance as the sea god Glaucus in the French baroque opera: Scylla et Glaucus at the Kiel Opera House: “Valdemar Villadsen, a young tenor from Denmark, already has quite some experience in the haute-contre repertoire. You can certainly hear this in his performance of Glaucus. His voice never shows the slightest sign of fatigue and reaches the high notes with exquisite effortlessness.”     To see the full review, please follow the link below: Die Kritik aus Opernwelt  

Great reviews in Kiel

Valdemar received great reviews for his leading role as the sea god Glaucus in Jean-Marie Leclair’s opera from 1746 “Scylla et Glaucus”. Here is a collection of quotes from the critics:     “Valdemar Villadsen, a young tenor from Denmark, already has quite some experience in the haute-contre repertoire. You can certainly hear this in his performance of Glaucus. His voice never shows the slightest sign of fatigue and reaches the high notes with exquisite effortlessness.” Opernwelt     ”A very skilful Danish tenor.” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Jürgen Kesting     ”… he performed the desperation scene of the finale … Continued