World premiere in Dortmund

Valdemar appears in one of the leading roles in a world premiere of the opera “Nova – imperfecting perfection” by acclaimed Austrian composer Franz Danksagmüller. The opera explores the concept of virtual reality and it is a collaboration between Danksagmüller, stage director Kay Link, multimedia producer Oleg Prodeus and the Oscar nominated film director Virgil Widrich.   For more information: http://www.danksagmueller.com/#/sec35  

Summer of solo recitals

In between several CD-recordings, Valdemar will perform solo recitals throughout Europe in the upcoming months. The concerts will take place in Istanbul, Berlin, Basel and Svendborg (Denmark), and they will mainly consist of opera arias from the belcanto repertoire as well as arias from the baroque music. More information soon…..  

Bach’s Passions

In recent years Valdemar has made a name for himself as a Bach Evangelist – the leading role in J.S. Bach’s Passions – and he has performed the Matthäus-Passion (St Matthew Passion) in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Iceland, Italy and Germany. Previously Valdemar has chosen to focus on only one Bach Passion at a time, but in 2019, for the first time ever, Valdemar will appear as the Evangelist in both the Matthäus-Passion and the Johannes-Passion (St John Passion) within the same Easter period.   He will perform the Matthäus-Passion with the baroque orchestra Concerto Farinelli and the Johannes-Passion … Continued

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/