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 Møgens Wöldike, his Froh under Solti, and his Ferrando with Böhm, taped live at La Scala. Read less
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    Beethoven: Symphonies / Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002114502 Release Date: 08/25/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Gundula Janowitz,  Walter Berry,  Hilde Rössel-Majdan,  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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    Berlin Philharmonic - Centenary Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001923302 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Walter Berry,  Gundula Janowitz,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Nikisch,  Alfred Hertz,  Richard Strauss,  Bruno Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Swedish Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Karajan - 1970s
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001873702 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 82
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Manfredini,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Brandis,  Michel Schwalbé,  Karlheinz Zöller,  Edith Mathis  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Hans Priem Bergrath
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus  ... 
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    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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    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7704256 Release Date: 06/14/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Christa Ludwig,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Walter Berry,  Lotte Rysanek  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Karl Böhm,  Berislav Klobucar,  Fausto Cleva  ... 
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    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7700918 Release Date: 06/14/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Christa Ludwig,  Hermann Prey  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
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    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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    The Very Best Of Operetta, Musical And Movies
    Label: Acanta/Pilz   Catalog: 233693 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Emmerich Kálmán,  Paul Lincke,  Richard Heuberger  ... 
    Performer:  Melanie Holliday,  Rudolf Schock,  René Kollo,  Peter Minich  ... 
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    Beethoven: Fidelio / Bamberger, Karajan, Wenk, Et Al
    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7704895 Release Date: 05/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Paul Schöffler,  Giuseppe Zampieri,  Otto Edelmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  North German Radio Chorus Hamburg  ... 
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    Goetz: Der Widerspenstigen Zahmung
    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7704428 Release Date: 05/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hermann Goetz
    Performer:  Marcel Cordes,  Benno Kusche,  Elisabeth Lindermeier,  Waldemar Kmentt  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
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    Janacek: Jenufa / Rosen, Jurinac, Soderstrom, Jones, Et Al
    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7704619 Release Date: 05/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Elisabeth Söderström,  Elisabeth Höngen,  Sena Jurinac,  Anny Felbermayer  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krombholc,  Albert Rosen
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    Beethoven - The Orchestral Recordings / Otto Klemperer
    Label: Emi 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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    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Solti, Vienna Philharmonic [Deluxe 19-Disc Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001745502 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 19
    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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    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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    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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    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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    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0359 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Adriana Martino,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Suzanne Danco,  Anton Dermota
    Conductor:  Mario Rossi,  Leopold Ludwig
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    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0395 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Teresa Stich-Randall,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Hans Richter-Haaser,  Judith Rössel-Majdan  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
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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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    J. Strauss, Jr.: Die Fledermaus / Karajan, Gueden, Kmentt, Resnik
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 2018 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz Lehár,  Louis Ferrari,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Erika Köth,  Walter Berry,  Erich Kunz  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Puccini: Turandot / Maazel, Marton, Carreras, Ricciarelli
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107319 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Katia Ricciarelli,  Helmut Wilhaber,  Robert Kerns,  Heinz Zednik  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Schubert: Symphony No 4; Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Kubelik, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 820102 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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