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Valdemar Villadsen (Tenor, Counter-tenor)

Born: Denmark

The Danish tenor and counter-tenor, Valdemar Villadsen, graduated from the soloist class of the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen in the summer of 2012. His teacher there was Susanna Eken. In addition, he has been taking lessons with Andreas Scholl, Lars Ulrik Mortensen and Richard Levitt.

Valdemar Villadsen has since established himself as an in-demand soloist throughout Europe. He has been a counter-tenor since 2010., but recently changed his voice category from counter-tenor to tenor, He made his operatic debut at the Royal Danish Opera in May 2012 in a leading role in Baroque opera/ballet performance Narcissum by Possokhov. Opera appearances include the title role in George Frideric Handel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Royal Danish Opera Studio) and Oberon in Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Royal Danish Opera Studio). Recent opera appearances include Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Rossini Festival in Urbania (Italy), Apollo in Cavalli's Gli amori d'Apollo e di Dafne at the Teatro Principal de Burgos (Spain), the narrator in an opera production of J.S. Bach's Coffee Cantata (BWV 211) with Concerto Copenhagen at the Copenhagen Opera Festival and the leading role in the world premiere of Fundal/Siegumfeldt's Bittersweet at the Royal Danish Opera.

As a concert soloist, Valdemar Villadsen recently appeared in venues such as the Philharmonie Berlin with the Berlin Baroque, Queen Elisabeth Hall (London) with the ensemble Camerata, Royal Academy Hall (Denmark) with the Concerto Copenhagen, Heinrich Schütz Musikfest (Dresden) with the Ensemble Spielgarten as well as in Orff's Carmina Burana with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (Norway). Furthermore, he has performed acclaimed solo recitals in Rome, Paris, Basel, Froville Festival (France) and at the Bergen International Festival (Norway).

Valdemar Villadsen has appeared in numerous oratorios and masses including as the Evangelist in J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) in Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, J.S. Bach's Magnificat (BWV 243) with the Bach-Ensemble in Freiburg, J.S. Bach's Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) with the Copenhagen Cantata Choir, Mozart's Requiem with the RDAM Symphony Orchestra, G.F. Handel's Messiah with the Bergen Oratorio Choir, and a Baroque opera concert with Concerto Copenhagen and Lars Ulrik Mortensen. In May 2013, he had a solo recital at Bergen International Festival (Scandinavia's biggest classical music festival).. He also appears on the new CD recording of J.S. Bach's Mass in B minor (BWV 232) with Concerto Copenhagen, conducted by Lars Ulrik Mortensen.

Valdemar Villadsen has worked with conductors such as Giancarlo Andretta, Julius Rudel, Christian Vasquez, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Paul Hillier, Andrew Lawrence-King, Carlos Mena, Javier Illan, Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch, Benjamin Bayl, Gerhard Oppelt, Martin Nagashima Toft, Matthew Toogood, Christian Kluxen and with opera directors such as David McVicar, Dionysios Kyropoulos, Steven Player and Leah Hausman.

Future engagements include the Evangelist in J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) in the Philharmonie Berlin and the tenorpart in G.F. Handel's Messiah in the National Cathedral of Denmark (Copenhagen).


Source: Valdemar Villadsen profile on Facebook; The Artist (November 2015)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2013); Valdemar Villadsen (November 2015)

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Lars Ulrik Mortensen


BWV 232

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