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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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Kleiber, Lott, Von Otter, Bonney, Moll
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 073008 Release Date: 06/19/2001  
    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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  • 78.
    Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Klemperer, Söderström, Et Al
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 67547 Release Date: 04/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Marga Höffgen,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Martti Talvela,  Elisabeth Söderström
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    Klemperer Legacy - Beethoven: Symphony No 9, Prometheus
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66797 Release Date: 11/03/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Christa Ludwig,  Aase Nordmo-Lövberg,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Hans Hotter
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    Wagner: The Ring - Great Scenes / Solti, Vienna PO, et al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 448933 Release Date: 07/03/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Helga Dernesch,  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Berit Lindholm,  Marilyn Tyler  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    Complete Beethoven Edition Vol 1 - Symphonies  / Karajan
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453701 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 5
    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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  • 87.
    Wagner: Das Rheingold / Solti, Flagstad, London, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 455556 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Gustav Neidlinger,  Jean Madeira,  Set Svanholm,  Hetty Plümacher  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 88.
    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Solti, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 455555 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Helga Dernesch,  Berit Lindholm,  Marilyn Tyler,  Vera Schlosser  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 89.
    The Originals Beethoven Box - Legendary Recordings
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 457097 Release Date: 05/13/1997   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff,  Gundula Janowitz,  Walter Berry,  Waldemar Kmentt  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Ferdinand Leitner,  Carlos Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Beethoven: Symphonie No 9, Etc / Karajan, Berlin Po
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 447401 Release Date: 01/23/1996   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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  • 91.
    Johann Strauss, Jr: The Gypsy Baron / Paulik, Scheyrer
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 8082 Release Date: 01/17/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Emmy Loose,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Gerda Scheyrer  ... 
    Conductor:  Anton Paulik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Chorus,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
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  • 92.
    Haydn: The Creation, Etc / Jocchum, Giebel, Kmentt, Frick
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 446175 Release Date: 04/11/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Agnes Giebel,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Gottlob Frick
    Conductor:  Ferdinand Grossmann,  Eugen Jochum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Cathedral Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Bavarian Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 93.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 9, Etc / Karajan, Berlin Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435095 Release Date: 03/10/1992   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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  • 94.
    J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus / Karajan, Güden, Kmentt, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421046 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Erich Kunz,  Eberhard Wächter,  Regina Resnik  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 95.
    Puccini: Turandot - Highlights / Maazel, Márton, Carreras
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42168 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Eva Martón,  Katia Ricciarelli,  Heinz Zednik  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 96.
    Strauss: Salome / Solti, Nilsson, Stolze, Wächter, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 414414 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Gerhard Stolze,  Grace Hoffman,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Josephine Veasey  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 97.
    Beethoven: 9 Symphonien / Karajan, Berlin Philharmoniker
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 429036 Release Date: 02/13/1990   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Gundula Janowitz,  Walter Berry
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7006 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill
    Performer:  Hermann Becht,  Manfred Jung,  Roland Hermann,  Waldemar Kmentt
    Conductor:  Victor Symonette
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bulgarian Radio Chorus,  Bulgarian Radio Orchestra
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