Waldemar Kmentt

Biography

Born: February 2, 1929; Vienna, Austria  
This busy tenor established his reputation early as a reliable artist in Mozart and Bach. With a voice less sensuous than those of Léopold Simoneau or Anton Dermota, he nonetheless was frequently engaged for stage performances, concert work, and recordings. Eventually, he ventured as far into a heavier repertory as Walter von Stolzing, a role he sang at the Bayreuth Festival. Kmentt's Metropolitan Opera debut -- in a speaking role -- awaited the Read more new millennium, but still brought encomiums from audiences and the press. First intending to pursue a career as a pianist, Kmentt later studied singing at the Vienna Academy of Music with Hans Duhan, Elisabeth Rado, and Adolf Vogel. At that time, he was selected to tour Belgium and the Netherlands with a student opera ensemble that included two singers who would later achieve considerable fame: tenor Fritz Uhl and bass baritone Walter Berry. Kmentt's formal debut took place in 1950 with a performance in Vienna of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 conducted by Karl Böhm. In 1951, he made his professional stage debut singing in a Wiener Volksoper production of Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges. The year following, Kmentt became a member of the Wiener Staatsoper. For the first three years of his tenure, the company performed at the Theater an der Wien while awaiting reconstruction of the company's own house. For the reopening of the Staatsoper in 1955, Kmentt was cast as Jacquino in Fidelio, sharing the stage with such luminaries as Martha Mödl, Anton Dermota, and Ludwig Weber. That same year, he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival singing Dandini in Pfitzner's Palestrina. Mozart served for his introduction to La Scala in 1968 when he sang the title role in Idomeneo. Kmentt made his debut at Bayreuth the same year, singing Walter in Die Meistersinger. During the years of his prime, he also appeared frequently in operetta. When Kmentt gradually relinquished leading roles, he moved into comprimario parts, such as the Major-Domo in Der Rosenkavalier. Ironically, it was another Major-Domo, this one in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, who finally brought Kmentt to the Metropolitan Opera in spring 2001. Among Kmentt's roles captured in recording are the tenor part in Bach's St. Matthew Passion under Mřgens Wöldike, his Froh under Solti, and his Ferrando with Böhm, taped live at La Scala. Read less
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    Beethoven: The 9 Symphonies (1963 Recording) / Karjan, Berlin Philharmonic [Blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002506446 Release Date: 07/01/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Gundula Janowitz,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Walter Berry
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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    Karajan - The Opera Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002328102 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 70
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Franz Lehár,  Franz von Suppé  ... 
    Performer:  Heinz Zednik,  Christine Barbaux,  Katia Ricciarelli,  José Van Dam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Paris Opera Chorus,  Schöneberg Boys Choir  ... 
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    Twenty Gems Of Viennese Operetta
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1249 Release Date: 07/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Richard Heuberger,  Carl Zeller,  Karl Millöcker  ... 
    Performer:  Hilde Gueden,  Sándor Kónya,  Helga Hildebrand,  Anneliese Rothenberger  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Stolz,  Fried Walter,  Werner Schmidt-Boelcke,  Heinrich Hollreiser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  FFB Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Ferenc Fricsay - Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon Vol 2
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002346910 Release Date: 07/17/2015   Number of Discs: 37
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Hertha Töpper,  Helmut Krebs,  Ernst Haefliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  St. Hedwig's Cathedral Choir  ... 
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    Puccini: Turandot / Maazel, Marton, Carreras, Ricciarelli
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109094 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Helmut Wilhaber,  Katia Ricciarelli,  John-Paul Bogart,  Waldemar Kmentt  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Puccini: Turandot / Maazel, Marton, Carreras, Ricciarelli   [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109095 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Helmut Wilhaber,  Katia Ricciarelli,  John-Paul Bogart,  Waldemar Kmentt  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Solti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002330102 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans Hotter,  Birgit Nilsson,  Kirsten Flagstad,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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    Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Solti [Blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002236146 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans Hotter,  Birgit Nilsson,  Kirsten Flagstad,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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    The Originals - Legendary Recordings from DG
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002171502 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Pierre Fournier,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  David Oistrakh,  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Franz Konwitschny,  Carlos Kleiber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Kleiber, Ludwig, Kmentt
    Label: Wiener Symphoniker   Catalog: 7 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Christa Ludwig,  Waldemar Kmentt
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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    Tutto Puccini - Complete Giacomo Puccini Opera Edition
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107541 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Helmut Wilhaber,  Katia Ricciarelli,  John-Paul Bogart,  Waldemar Kmentt  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Julian Reynolds,  Carlo Rizzi,  Alberto Veronesi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Modena Teatro Comunale Chorus  ... 
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    Tutto Puccini - Complete Giacomo Puccini Opera Edition [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107547 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Helmut Wilhaber,  Katia Ricciarelli,  John-Paul Bogart,  Waldemar Kmentt  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Julian Reynolds,  Carlo Rizzi,  Alberto Veronesi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Modena Teatro Comunale Chorus  ... 
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    Beethoven: 9 Symphonies / Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic [5 CDs & 1 Blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002137760 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Hilde Rössel-Majdan,  Gundula Janowitz,  Walter Berry,  Waldemar Kmentt
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
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    Beethoven: Fidelio / Karajan, Ludwig, Janowitz, Vickers, Berry,
    Label: Myto Records   Catalog: 334 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Gundula Janowitz,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Walter Kreppel,  Eberhard Wächter  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    Sacred Music - Bach, Handel, Beethoven / Klemperer
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 935402 Release Date: 08/20/2013   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Franz Crass,  Agnes Giebel,  Nicolai Gedda,  Dame Janet Baker  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  BBC Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Great Singers Live: Elisabeth Grummer
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900308 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elisabeth Grümmer,  Hans Altmann,  Waldemar Kmentt
    Conductor:  Kurt Eichhorn,  Horst Stein
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  • 19.
    Robert Stolz: Die Rosen Der Madonna
    Label: Myto Records   Catalog: 327 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Stolz
    Performer:  Gundula Janowitz,  Eberhard Wächter,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Alois Pernerstorfer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Beethoven - The Orchestral Recordings / Otto Klemperer
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 404275 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Aase Nordmo-Lövberg,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Hans Hotter,  Christa Ludwig  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Solti Conducts The Strauss Operas [15-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001746102 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Hilde Gueden,  Eberhard Wächter,  Wilhelm Lenninger  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Solti Conducts The Wagner Operas [36-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001746302 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 36
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  René Kollo,  Werner Krenn,  Isola Jones,  Janis Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Solti, Nilsson, Uhl, Resnik
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001728102 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Theodore Kirschbichler,  Fritz Uhl,  Ernst Kozub,  Tom Krause  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Friends of Music Society Chorus
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  • 24.
    The Early Years - Bohm Conducts Mozart
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438956 Release Date: 06/17/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Ira Malaniuk,  Kurt Böhme,  Teresa Stich-Randall
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Karajan In Italy, Vol. 2 - Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 / Orchestra Di Roma Della Rai
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 706 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Gottlob Frick,  Teresa Stich-Randall
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Chorus Rome
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