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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  • 51.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Karajan, Casa, Edelmann, Et Al
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 729081 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Otto Edelmann,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Lisa Della Casa
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Singverein,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Christa Ludwig - Arias & Scenes - Live Recordings 1955-1994
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 758083 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Hans Pfitzner  ... 
    Performer:  Christa [Mezzo-soprano Vocal] Ludwig,  Emmy Loose,  Walter Berry,  Dagmar Hermann  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  Alberto Erede,  Herbert von Karajan,  Georges Prêtre  ... 
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  • 53.
    Mozart: Requiem / Böhm, Stich-Randall, Malaniuk
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420772 Release Date: 03/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Kurt Böhme,  Ira Malaniuk,  Teresa Stich-Randall
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 54.
    J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus / Janowitz, Wächter, Böhm
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001038309 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Erich Kunz,  Eberhard Wächter,  Gundula Janowitz,  Renate Holm  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 55.
    D'Albert: Tiefland / Rudolf Moralt, Brouwenstijn, Hopf
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 434781 Release Date: 12/26/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Eugène d' Albert
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Eberhard Wächter,  Hans Hopf,  Paul Schöffler  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Moralt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Waldemar Kmentt
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 93451 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Margherita Kenney,  F. Charles Adler
    Conductor:  Heinrich Hollreiser,  Wilhelm Loibner
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  • 57.
    Lehár: Der Zarewitsch And Der Graf Von Luxemburg Highlights
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436896 Release Date: 10/22/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Hilde Gueden
    Conductor:  Max Schönherr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Volksoper Chorus
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  • 58.
    Lehár: Giuditta Highlights / Moralt, Güden, Kmentt, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436900 Release Date: 10/22/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár
    Performer:  Erich Majkut,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Harald Pröglhöf,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Moralt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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  • 59.
    Lehár: The Merry Widow Highlights / Stolz, Güden, Kmentt
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436899 Release Date: 10/22/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár
    Performer:  Marjan Russ,  Ljubomir Pantscheff,  Karl Dönch,  Peter Klein  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Stolz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 60.
    Deutsche Grammophon's Essential Beethoven Box
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000966672 Release Date: 10/02/2007   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Anatol Ugorski,  Henryk Szeryng,  Wilhelm Kempff  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber,  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Emil Tchakarov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  LaSalle String Quartet  ... 
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  • 61.
    J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus / Karajan, Kmentt
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000830202 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Ljuba Welitsch,  Leontyne Price,  Hilde Gueden,  Eberhard Wächter  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Goetz: The Taming Of The Shrew / Keilberth, Frick, Kupper
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 7007 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hermann Goetz
    Performer:  Anneliese Kupper,  Elisabeth Lindermeier,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Benno Kusche  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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  • 63.
    Strauss: Arabella / Solti, Della Casa, London
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000710502 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Hilde Gueden,  Eberhard Wächter,  Wilhelm Lenninger,  Lisa Della Casa  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 64.
    Strauss: Salome / Solti, Nilsson, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000692102 Release Date: 06/13/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Eberhard Wächter,  Birgit Nilsson,  Gerhard Stolze  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Reopening Of The Vienna State Opera - 1955 / Goltz, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90675 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Emmy Loose,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Karl Kamann,  Rudolf Lustig  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Ackermann,  Meinhard Von Zallinger,  Herbert Kegel,  Wilhelm Schüchter  ... 
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  • 66.
    Schubert: Mass No 6 / Rafael Kubelik, Et Al
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 92541 Release Date: 10/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Gundula Janowitz,  Grace Hoffman,  Albert Gassner,  Waldemar Kmentt  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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  • 67.
    Mozart 250th Anniversary Edition - Operas 3
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4623312 Release Date: 09/19/2005   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lucia Popp,  Claudius Herrmann,  Philip Langridge,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Chorus,  Zurich Opera Orchestra,  Zurich Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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  • 68.
    Original Masters - Karl Böhm - Mozart And Strauss
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000480402 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Strauss,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lisa Della Casa,  Michel Schwalbé,  Kurt Böhme,  Waldemar Kmentt  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 69.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Carl Schuricht, Et Al
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1166 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Katharina Marti,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Heinz Rehfuss,  Maria Stader
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Union Chorale de la Tour de Peilz,  Choeur de Chailly-sur-Clarens,  Orchestre National
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  • 70.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Karajan, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000290116 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Gundula Janowitz,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Walter Berry
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
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  • 71.
    Strauss: Die Fledermaus (Highlights)
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4674072 Release Date: 07/11/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Erich Kunz,  Renate Holm,  Gundula Janowitz,  Eberhard Wächter  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Beethoven: The Symphonies / Karajan, Berlin Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000165536 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Gundula Janowitz,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Walter Berry
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Singverein,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Grand Tier - Strauss: Salome / Bohm, Rysanek, Hopf, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 7004 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Murray Dickie,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Kurt Equiluz,  Heinz Zednik  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 74.
    Paperback Opera - Puccini: Tosca / Quadri, Dall'argine, Etc
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 20024 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Nino Scattolini,  Scipio Colombo,  Alfred Poell,  Karl Dönch  ... 
    Conductor:  Argeo Quadri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Chamber Choir
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  • 75.
    D'albert: Tiefland / Adler, Wiener, Kenney, Kmentt, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 20022 Release Date: 08/26/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Eugène d' Albert
    Performer:  Kurt Equiluz,  Leo Heppe,  Harald Buchsbaum,  Margherita Kenney  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Adler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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