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.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 359 Release Date: 02/27/2007   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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    Regina Resnik - Dramatic Scenes & Arias
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 475017 Release Date: 08/12/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  George Forrest,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Regina Resnik,  Robert Merrill,  Peter Gougaloff  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Mike Sammes Singers  ... 
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  • 67.
    Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Kubelik, Bavarian Radio So
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95491 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Dame Janet Baker
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Egk: Irische Legende / Szell, Borkh, Klose, Berry, Et Al
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 564012 Release Date: 07/24/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Werner Egk
    Performer:  Franz Bierbach,  Maria Litto,  Chloe Owen,  Lilian Benningsen  ... 
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 69.
    Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Kleiber, Lott, Von Otter, Bonney, Moll
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 073008 Release Date: 06/19/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Franz Kasemann,  Heinz Zednik,  Kurt Moll,  Felicity Lott  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 70.
    Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Klemperer
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 67547 Release Date: 04/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Elisabeth Söderström,  Marga Höffgen,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Martti Talvela
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 71.
    Golden - Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg /Böhm, Et Al
    Label: Melodram   Catalog: 10038 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Theo Adam,  Karl Ridderbusch,  Sebastian Feiersinger,  Dieter Slembeck  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 72.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 9
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1177 Release Date: 11/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Christa Ludwig,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Hans Hotter,  Aase Nordmo-Lövberg
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 73.
    Strauss: Salome / Bohm, Rysanek, Hopf, Wachter, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1165 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Eberhard Wächter,  Grace Hoffman,  Murray Dickie,  Waldemar Kmentt  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 74.
    Wagner: Das Rheingold / Sir Georg Solti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 414101 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Oda Balsborg,  Hetty Plümacher,  Jean Madeira,  Ira Malaniuk  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Lehar: Die lustige Witwe; Der Graf von Luxemburg Highlights / Gueden
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458549 Release Date: 07/01/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Lehár
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Hilde Gueden,  Kurt Equiluz,  Edith Winkler  ... 
    Conductor:  Max Schönherr,  Robert Stolz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Volksoper Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Chorus  ... 
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