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 Czech 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

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