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The Süddeutsche Zeitung describes the sound of Valer Sabadus as “tremendously dramatic, crystal-clear, extremely controlled, lyrically fine” – with his androgynous voice he sings in the ranks of the world’s best countertenors. In 2020, Valer Sabadus was awarded the Handel Prize of the city of Halle. This award is of great importance to the countertenor not only as it is this composer in particular who has consistently played a key role in his career as a singer and artist but also because he has maintained a long-standing, rewarding concert tradition with the International Handel Festival in Halle.
Further highlights in the 2020/21 season included concerts at the Handel Festival in Karlsruhe, the Kassel Music Days, the Bach Festival Days in Köthen, as well as a Rolex Gala at the Palais Garnier in Paris with Rolando Villazón under the baton of Christina Pluhar, among others. Exciting new programs and CD recordings followed with the Ensemble L’Arpeggiata (“Alla Napoletana”), as well as a countertenor gala in the Hall of Mirrors of the Opéra Royal de Versailles. He also made his debut in Warsaw and Krakow with the Capella Cracoviensis and toured together with the classical band SPARK and their highly successful cross-genre program “Closer to Paradise” in Froville, Bad Kissingen, as well as the MDR Musiksommer in Erfurt. The 2020/21 season will be rounded off by a new staged production of Monteverdi’s ‘ L’incoronazione di Poppea’ (role of Nerone) directed and musically conducted by Ivan Fischer at the Festival Vicenza, the Grand Théâtre de Genève and the Müpa – Budapest.
In recent years Valer Sabadus has enjoyed great success with his solo albums on the Sony Classical label, including the recently released CD “Arias-Bach/Telemann” with the Basel Chamber Orchestra. This was followed by international concert tours in Europe, Japan, Russia and Australia, as well as a portrait cycle in the Kölner Philharmonie. Valer Sabadus came to international fame in 2012 for his outstanding interpretation of the role of Semira in Leonardo Vinci’s opera ‘Artaserse’ at the opera houses in Nancy, Lausanne and Cologne, the Theater an der Wien, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Opéra Royal de Versailles, and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. The production also appeared on CD and DVD, and won countless prizes. In the same year, German music critics awarded him a prize for his solo CD ‘Hasse Reloaded’ (OehmsClassics).
In addition, he reaped considerable international acclaim as Menelao in Francesco Cavalli’s rediscovered opera ‘Elena’ at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; the production also appeared on DVD. In 2013, he made his brilliant debut in the title role of Handel’s ‘Serse’ at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in a production by Stefan Herheim. In 2015 and 2016, he shone in the title role of ‘Teseo’ at the Handel Festival in Karlsruhe, for which he received rave reviews. He enjoyed an outstanding debut in terms of both role and venue when he appeared as Emperor Nero in Claudio Monteverdi’s ‘L’incoronazione di Poppea’ at the Theater an der Wien in September 2015. In 2016 and 2017 Valer Sabadus performed compositions by Monteverdi’s student Francesco Cavalli. In Cavalli’s early Baroque operas ‘Eliogabalo’ as Giuliano and the title role of ‘Giasone’ as he made his debut in Opéra national de Paris, at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam. In January 2018 he appeared in several performances in the role ‘Ange’ in Claus Guth’s production of Handel’s oratorio ‘Jephta’ at the Opéra National de Paris.
Valer Sabadus began his vocal training at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich under Prof. Gabriele Fuchs at the age of 17, and graduated in 2013 with distinction as a member of the Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding, specialising in Musical Theatre. The production of Johann Adolph Hasse’s ‘Didone abbandonata’, which he recorded with Hofkapelle München and Michael Hofstetter, was to prove a major milestone in his career. He debuted as early as 2009 under Riccardo Muti at Salzburg Whitsun Festival in a production of ‘ Demofoonte’ (Niccolò Jommelli), which transferred to the Ravenna Festival and the Opéra National de Paris. He also enjoyed great success as Sesto in Günter Krämer’s production of ‘La Clemenza di Tito’ at the Mozart summer festival in Schwetzingen, as Ruggiero in Antonio Vivaldi’s ‘Orlando furioso’ and as Endimione in ‘La Calisto’ by Francesco Cavalli at the opera house in Frankfurt. His first appearance at the Handel Festival in Halle was in the title role of Rinaldo with the Lautten Compagney in 2011. Other engagements have taken him to the opera house in Cologne in the title role of Leucippo (Johann Adolph Hasse), to the Staatsoper Berlin, the Semperoper Dresden and the Opéra Royal de Versailles.
In addition to his busy opera career, the young countertenor is also keen on the concert and oratorio repertoire. Under renowned conductors such as Ivor Bolton, Leonardo Garcia Alarcón, Andrea Marcon, Ottavio Dantone, Alessandro de Marchi, Christophe Rousset, Riccardo Minasi, Christina Pluhar and Michael Hofstetter, Valer Sabadus regularly gives recitals of lieder and arias at renowned festivals, including the Handel Festivals in Karlsruhe and Halle, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Rheingau Music Festival, Bremen Music Festival, Dresden Music Festival, Kissinger Sommer, Lucerne Festival, Festival de musique Baroque d’Ambronay, Froville Festival, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Schubertiade Hohenems and Schwarzenberg, Styriarte Graz, Innsbruck Early Music Festival and Grafenegg Festival. As a soloist, he has already performed in the Philharmonies of Berlin, Essen and Cologne, the concert halls of Dortmund, Berlin and Vienna, Prinzregententheater in Munich, Frauenkirche in Dresden, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Chapelle Royale de Versailles, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, KKL in Lucerne, the l’Auditori in Barcelona, and the Philharmonies in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Fruitful partnerships have brought Valer Sabadus together with leading early music ensembles, including the Freiburger Barockorchester, Concerto Köln, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Kammerorchester Basel, L’ Arpeggiata, Cappella Mediterranea, Accademia Bizantina, Il Pomo d’Oro, Les Talens Lyriques, and Nuovo Aspetto.
Valer Sabadus’ varied discography ranges from early Baroque works by Claudio Monteverdi and Francesco Cavalli to Italian sacred and opera music of the 18th century to expressionist and contemporary works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, as well as Enjott Schneider. Unconventional, interdisciplinary, as well as intercultural collaborations that reflect a wide spectrum of his fields of interest are Valer Sabadus’ trademark. These include, for example, the projects: “Handel goes wild” with L’Arpeggiata, “Music for the One God” with the Turkish Pera Ensemble, “Continuum” with the German rapper Sammy Deluxe, “Love Songs” with the Syrian singer Dima Orsho and the ensemble Musica Alta Ripa, as well as “Closer to Paradise” with the classical band SPARK. The versatile countertenor has received several major record awards for his work, including the ECHO Klassik Prize 2012 (“Baroque Oriental” / Berlin Classics) and 2015 (“Le Belle immagini” / SONY Classical), and was named Young Artist of the Year – Vocal 2013 by the ICMA. Valer Sabadus was an exclusive artist with SONY Classical from 2013 to 2020.