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:     ”A very skilful Danish tenor.” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Jürgen Kesting     ”… he performed the desperation scene of the finale in a striking manner.” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Jürgen Kesting       ”The part of the sea god Glaukos is written for a haute-contre, a very high tenor, which, unlike a countertenor nowadays, uses both the head and chest voices without changing into falsetto. In Kiel, … Continued

Success in French baroque opera

“Stunning”, “Gorgeously sounding” and “very skilful” were just some of the superlatives Valdemar received from the critics after his leading role as the sea god Glaucus in Jean-Marie Leclair’s opera from 1746 “Scylla et Glaucus” at the Kiel Opera House. The production itself, which is directed by the world famous choreographer Lucinda Childs and conducted by the acclaimed Václav Luks, was also very well recieved. It is the first time that a German operahouse takes on this beautiful, yet relatively unknown French baroque opera. The leading part of Glaucus was originally written for the legendary French tenor/haute-contre Pierre de Jélyotte, … Continued

Title role in “Scylla et Glaucus”

Valdemar is singing the leading role Glaucus in Leclair’s opera Scylla et Glaucus at the Kiel Opera House. It’s the first time a German operahouse takes on this powerful opera from 1740, by composer and violin virtuoso Jean-Marie Leclair.   The production will be directed by world famous choreographer Lucinda Childs and conducted by the acclaimed Vaclav Luks. http://www.theater-kiel.de/oper-kiel/repertoire/produktion/titel/skylla-und-glaukos/

L’Orfeo in Potsdam and Gent

Christina Pluhar conducts L’Arpeggiata when Valdemar appears as Pastore in a production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. First performance will be in Nicolaisaal Potsdam (Musikfestspiele Sanssouci), the second in Gent, Belgium. A few months ago, this performance was part of the Musikfest Bremen featuring Rolando Villazon as Orfeo, Magdalena Kozená as Messagiera and with Cyril Auvity as Pastore. Now Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata repeat their performance in Gent and Potsdam with a changed cast: Cyril Auvity as Orfeo, Nuria Rial as Messagiera and with Valdemar Villadsen as Pastore. http://www.nikolaisaal.de/alle-veranstaltungen/veranstaltung/claudio-monteverdi-lorfeo.html

Busy christmas!

With 10 concerts in December, Valdemar will be having a busy christmas this year. Tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah in Copenhagen Cathedral and the Evangelist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in St Martins Kirche (Kassel) and Philharmonie Berlin are just some of the highlights in an exciting christmas month. And in the beginning of the new year, Valdemar will be a tenor soloist in a concert version of Monteverdi’s opera L’Orfeo in Potsdam and Gent with the L’Arpeggiata conducted by Christina Pluhar.

Returning to the Philharmonie Berlin

After a successful appearance as the Evangelist and tenor soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio last year, Valdemar once again returns to the Philharmonie Berlin. This time as the tenor soloist in Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine with the Berlin Baroque. For more information, please visit the Berlin Philharmonics’ website: https://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/konzerte/kalender/details/24265/

Leading role in opera world premiere!

Valdemar will appear in the leading role in the new opera by Danish composer Svend Hvidtfeldt Nielsen: Lænker (Chains) at Aarhus Summer Opera (Denmark). David Riddell will be conducting The Danish Sinfonietta in this world premiere.   Cast: Adam: Valdemar Villadsen. Grandmother: Ulla Kudsk Jensen. Eva: Stina Schmidt. Priest: Jesper Mikkelsen. Noah: Jens Bruno Hansen. The Danish Sinfonietta. Conductor: David Riddell. Director: Jens Krogsgaard. Design: Karin Seisbøll.   For more information, please visit the homepage of Aarhus Summer Opera: http://www.aarhus-sommeropera.dk/season.html    

Solo recital in Rome

Valdemar will perform a solo recital on June the 23rd with Enrica Ruggiero on piano and German soprano Helene Lang as guest soloist. The program will consist of opera arias by Rossini and Bellini, and also Danish songs by Peter Heise and Lange-Müller. The concert is part of the Roman International Culture Festival 2016: http://www.turismoroma.it/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/MESE-DELLA-CULTURA-2016.pdf    

Radio interview (in Danish)

Danish National Radio P2 recently aired an interview with Valdemar. The interview is in Danish and starts at 00.21.40 in this link: http://www.dr.dk/radio/ondemand/p2/p2-puls-2016-05-06#!/  

“Die Soldaten” at the Wiesbaden State Opera

Valdemar will be making his debut at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden (Wiesbaden State Opera), when he appears in a production of Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s opera Die Soldaten from April the 30th to July the 7th. http://www.staatstheater-wiesbaden.de/programm/spielplan/die-soldaten-imf-2016/ The opera will be conducted by Zsolt Hamar and directed by the young, Russian director Vasily Barkhatov. The opening night of Die Soldaten also marks the opening of Internationale Maifestspiele Wiesbaden 2016 and the performances in May are part of this famous festival (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internationale_Maifestspiele_Wiesbaden). The performance dates of Die Soldaten are: April 30 May 5, 15 June 11, 17 July 7