Anton Dermota

Biography

Born: June 4, 1910; Kropa, Slovenia   Died: June 22, 1989; Vienna, Austria  
One of the most important European lyric tenors of the post-WWII era, Anton Dermota was the ranking singer of Mozart tenor roles in that period between the prime of Julius Patzak and the emergence of Fritz Wunderlich. Although he was not a prepossessing actor, his attractive voice was guided by intuitive musicianship and a serious approach to his art. Dermota's legacy includes a substantial number of recordings, many of them for major labels, Read more others preserving live performances from Salzburg and Vienna, all performed with the most esteemed conductors of his time. He also performed often in the concert repertory and in recital; many recordings were made of this music as well.

Dermota studied under Marie Radó in Vienna. After having made his stage debut in Cluj at the age of 24, he joined the Vienna Staatsoper at Bruno Walter's invitation, appearing there as the First Armed Man in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte in 1936. Soon thereafter, he sang Alfredo in La traviata. That same year, he made his initial appearance at the Salzburg Festival as Zorn in Die Meistersinger. By 1938, his performances at Salzburg included two of the Mozart roles which would become most closely associated with his name: Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. His reputation was, therefore, well established before WWII in the two venues which would remain the twin centers of activity for the remainder of his career.

Dermota accompanied the Vienna Staatsoper to Covent Garden in 1947 where his fine voice and dignified manner made a positive impression, even measured against the great Richard Tauber who made his final opera appearances as a company guest. Dermota's performances in Vienna continued to endear him to the loyal audiences there and he proved central to that extraordinary group of Mozart specialists destined to dominate the performances of that composer's music throughout the 1940s, 1950s, and into the 1960s. His Don Ottavio and Tamino became world standard; both were recorded in both studio and live performance. In 1955, Dermota was awarded the honor of reopening the Vienna Staatsoper in its restored home theatre. The opera was Fidelio and Martha Mödl sang Leonore to his Florestan.

Not confining himself to Mozart and other Vienna-based composers, Dermota enjoyed success in such roles as Puccini's Pinkerton and Rodolfo, Massenet's Des Grieux, Jeník in Smetana's Bartered Bride, Ernesto in Donizetti's Don Pasquale, Offenbach's Hoffmann, Flamand in Strauss' Capriccio, Eisenstein in Johann Strauss II's Fledermaus, Lensky in Yevgeny Onegin and, especially, the title role in Pfitzner's Palestrina. In the last-named, he confronted memories of Julius Patzak's indelible interpretation, but came to find his own distinction in that opera, beloved of Central European audiences. Dermota even undertook the role of David in Die Meistersinger, another interpretation preserved on recording.

Dermota also made a reputation as a performer of concert music and as a recitalist. In the former category, he was particularly admired for his singing of the tenor parts in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and in Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde. In recital, he concentrated on the music of the Austro-German composers and songs of his native Slovenia.

At its best, Dermota's strong lyric tenor had a singular timbre, at once slightly grainy, yet silvery in effect. It was a voice with ample spin, able to trace Mozartian lines with clarity and suppleness while displaying a thrilling thrust as it neared the top register. Read less
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    Strauss: Complete Operas [33-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002013902 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 33
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Anneliese Rothenberger,  Cäcilie Reich,  Eva Maria Rogner,  Ira Malaniuk  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Karl Böhm,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    Verdi: Otello / Furtwangler, Vinay, Dermota, Wagner, Greindl
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 880132 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Ramon Vinay,  Dragica Martinis,  Anton Dermota,  August Jaresch  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
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    Label: Gala   Catalog: 100501 Release Date: 11/01/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anton Dermota,  Herbert [Bass Vocals] Alsen,  Emmy Loose,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Moralt,  Karl Böhm
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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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    Mozart: Die Zauberflote Highlights / Seefried, Lipp, Dermota, Kunz, Karajan
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1267 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anton Dermota,  Wilma Lipp,  Ludwig Weber,  George London  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 22134 Release Date: 07/01/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anton Dermota,  Emmy Loose,  Peter Klein,  Herbert [Bass Vocals] Alsen  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Moralt
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    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7705395 Release Date: 05/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Alexander Borodin,  Bedrich Smetana,  Giovanni Bononcini  ... 
    Performer:  Esther Réthy,  Adele Kern,  Anton Dermota,  Elena Nikolaidi  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss,  Leopold Ludwig,  Rudolf Moralt,  Max Schönherr  ... 
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    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7704516 Release Date: 05/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Sena Jurinac,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Biserka Cvejik,  Anton Dermota  ... 
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
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    Wilhelm Furtwangler: Wiener Konzerte 1944-1954 [18-CD Set]
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 834118 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  César Franck,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Badura-Skoda,  Dagmar Bella,  Paul Schöffler,  Anton Dermota  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singakademie,  Vienna Boys' Choir
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    Lehar: Der Gottergatte / Schonherr , Dermota, Liewehr, Andergast, Herze
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777029 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Lehár
    Performer:  Franz Borsos,  Henny Herze,  Liesl Andergast,  Anton Dermota  ... 
    Conductor:  Max Schonherr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Orchestra,  Vienna Radio Chorus
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    Singers Of The Century - 40 Greats Of  The 20th Century
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 2078 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Ettore Bastianini,  Giuseppe Taddei,  Richard Tucker,  Mario Del Monaco  ... 
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    Wagner: Complete Operas [43-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001786402 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Don Garrard,  Elisabeth Gale,  Della Jones,  April Cantelo  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward Downes,  Heinrich Hollreiser,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Northern Symphony,  BBC Northern Singers,  Leipzig Radio 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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    Schmidt: Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln / Mitropoulos, Dermota, Berry
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 9067 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schmidt
    Performer:  Anton Dermota,  Walter Berry,  Hilde Gueden,  Ira Malaniuk  ... 
    Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos,  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
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    Icon - Bruno Walter: The Early Years
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6790262 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Bruno Walter,  Lauritz Melchior,  Alfred Jerger,  Emanuel List  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  British Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0041 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Anton Dermota
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
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    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0148 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Liszt,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Otto Edelmann,  Anton Dermota,  Sieglinde Wagner
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
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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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    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0445 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Trude Eipperrle,  Georg Hann,  Hugo Meyer Welfing,  Anton Dermota  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 / Furtwangler, Wiener Philharmoniker
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5034 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Irmgard Seefried,  Rosette Anday,  Anton Dermota,  Paul Schöffler
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singakademie
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    Schmidt: Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln / Mitropoulos, Dermota, Gueden, Wunderlich, Berry
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 68442 Release Date: 06/09/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schmidt
    Performer:  Alois Forrer,  Anton Dermota,  Ira Malaniuk,  Hilde Gueden  ... 
    Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Friends of Music Society,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Pfitzner, Strauss / Anton Dermota
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 683102 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Hans Pfitzner,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Anton Dermota,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Erich Kunz,  Lisa Della Casa  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  Karl Böhm,  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    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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    Wagner: The Complete Opera Collection / Bavarian State Opera, Bayreuth Festival, Badische Staatskapelle, Cagliari Theater...
    Label: Membran International Gmbh   Catalog: 233106 Release Date: 10/25/2010   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Franz Klarwein,  Luise Willer,  Viorica Ursuleac,  Georg Hann  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss,  Robert Heger,  Joseph Keilberth,  Günter Neuhold  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra  ... 
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