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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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    Beethoven: Fidelio / Bohm, Dermota, Modl, Schoffler, Kamann, Kmentt
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 81310 Release Date: 11/30/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Anton Dermota,  Paul Schöffler,  Martha Mödl,  Ludwig Weber  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 30.
    Live On Stage / Fritz Wunderlich
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001477402 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss,  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich,  Kurt Böhme,  Ingeborg Hallstein,  Josef Knapp  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Krips,  Heinz Wallberg,  Rudolf Kempe,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 31.
    Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg - 50 Years [25 CDs]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001469202 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Nelson Freire,  Alfred Brendel,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Claudio Abbado,  Sir Georg Solti,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 32.
    Claudio Monteverdi: Orfeo (Hindemith's Reconstrucion)
    Label: Music & Arts   Catalog: 1237 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Giovanni Gabrieli
    Performer:  Norman Foster,  Auguste Schmoczer,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Frederick Guthrie  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Hindemith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Singakademie
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  • 33.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Kertesz, Berry, Lorengar, Kmentt, Peters, Kreppel
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4520 Release Date: 06/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Roberta Peters,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Walter Kreppel,  Renate Holm  ... 
    Conductor:  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 34.
    Regina Resnik - Opera Gala
    Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series   Catalog: 421897 Release Date: 04/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Forrest,  Franz Lehár,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Ian Wallace,  Regina Resnik,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Birgit Nilsson  ... 
    Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Richard Bonynge,  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mantovani Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 35.
    Strauss: Die Fledermaus Highlights / Janowitz, Wachter, Bohm
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 421898 Release Date: 04/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Heinz Holecek,  Erich Kunz,  Renate Holm,  Wolfgang Windgassen  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 36.
    Lortzing: Der Wildschutz / Wallberg, Volker, Kmentt, Holm
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 786102 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Albert Lortzing
    Performer:  Georg Volker,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Anny Felbermayer  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinz Wallberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 37.
    Smetana: Die Verkaufte Braut  / Klobucar, Seefried, Braun, Konetzni
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 785092 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana
    Performer:  Liselotte Maikl,  László Szemere,  Oskar Czerwenka,  Rosette Anday  ... 
    Conductor:  Berislav Klobucar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 38.
    Smetana: Bartered Bride / Braun, Kozetzni, Seefried, Klobucar
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 785092 Release Date: 11/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana
    Performer:  Oskar Czerwenka,  Rosette Anday,  Hilde Konetzni,  Irmgard Seefried  ... 
    Conductor:  Berislav Klobucar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 39.
    111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341002 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hubert Giesen,  Helmut Walcha  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Daniele Callegari,  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Richter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan  ... 
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  • 40.
    Strauss: Arabella / Solti, Della Casa, London
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001305202 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Otto Edelmann,  Harald Pröglhöf,  Eberhard Wächter,  Judith Hellwig  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 41.
    Waldemar Kmentt - Recital - Mozart, Gluck, Beethoven, Rossini, Gounod, Etc
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 770091 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Leos Janácek,  Jacques Offenbach,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt
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  • 42.
    Strauss: Die Fledermaus / Harnoncourt, Gruberova, Bonney, Protschka, RCO
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4691256 Release Date: 05/15/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova,  Werner Hollweg  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Opera Chorus
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  • 43.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Harnoncourt, Gruberova, Lipovsek, Bonney, Hampson, Zurich Opera House Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4691272 Release Date: 05/04/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Marjana Lipovsek,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Peter Keller,  Gertraud Jesserer  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera House Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein Choir,  Zurich Opera House Chorus
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  • 44.
    Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg / Böhm, Adam, Ridderbusch, Hemsley, Et Al
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 753084 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans Franzen,  Thomas Hemsley,  William Johns,  Erich Klaus  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 45.
    Golden Operetta
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 421319 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Lecocq,  Franz Lehár,  Jacques Offenbach,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Werner Krenn,  Renate Holm  ... 
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  • 46.
    Johann Strauss II: Die Fledermaus / Böhm
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4756216 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Erich Kunz,  Gundula Janowitz,  Eberhard Wächter,  Waldemar Kmentt  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Strauss: Salome / Moralt, Wegner, Metternich, Milinkovic
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438664 Release Date: 07/23/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Walburga Wegner,  Josef Metternich,  László Szemere,  Georgine von Milinkovic  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Moralt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Strauss: Intermezzo / Keilberth, Steffel, Prey, Poell, Gruber, Hellwig, Et Al
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 765082 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Alois Pernerstorfer,  Alfred Poell,  Hannelore Steffek,  Oskar Czerwenka  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 49.
    Beethoven: Fidelio / Ludwig, Vickers, Berry, Karajan
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001099002 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Ljubomir Pantscheff,  Christa Ludwig,  Eberhard Wächter,  Walter Kreppel  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 50.
    Wagner: Das Rheingold / Solti, Flagstad, London, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 478038 Release Date: 06/02/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Ira Malaniuk,  Kirsten Flagstad,  George London,  Gustav Neidlinger  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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