Anton Dermota

Is there anyone like him left today? And if so, where? The Slovenian tenor Anton Dermota was not just a member of the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera for over half a century. He was also a master of the stage and concert hall, celebrated all over the world from Milan to Buenos Aires. And even in his prime in Vienna he did not hesitate to put to one side his famous roles (such as Tamino in Mozart’s Magic Flute) in order to take on smaller, less thankful roles too. This new release of his performances at the Vienna State Opera makes evident this versatility. His Tamino is given here both at the beginning and the end of our selection, the one in the immediate post-war years under Karl Böhm, the other an excerpt from the run of performances under Thomas Sanderling with which Demota made his farewell to the stage in 1981, at the age of 71! Nor may Dermota’s interpretation of Ferrando in Così fan tutte and of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni be omitted from this double CD. It is delightful to hear the contrast between roles also sung by a buffo tenor, such as David in the Meistersinger or Jaquino in Beethoven’s Fidelio, and Dermota’s exploits as a tenore lirico spinto, such as Florestan in the latter opera. Anton Dermota
Anton Dermota
Foto: Foto Fayer
The tricky, brief roles in Richard Strauss’s operas, such as the Singer in Rosenkavalier and Matteo in Arabella, were ones he mastered superbly. They too are to be found here, as is his Flamand in the legendary Capriccio ensemble with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf as the Countess. Anton Dermota appeared with various, equally splendid partners in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin – as Lenski he duelled before the radio microphone with George London and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, while as late as the 1970s he turned Monsieur Triquet’s burlesque into a subtle character study. He achieved the same feat as the betrayed, horribly murdered husband to Inge Borkh’s Katerina in the revised version of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtensk. And the title hero of Hans Pfitzner’s Palestrina offered him ample opportunity to draw on a lifetime of experience. To how many other tenors has suchlike ever been granted?


Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
1.     Act I: Arie: Dies Bildnis sind bezaubernd schon
04:15
Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620, Act II: Mich schreckt kein tod
2.     Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620, Act II: Mich schreckt kein tod
09:51
Don Giovanni, K. 527, Act I: Nur ihrem Frieden weih' ich mein Leben (Sung in German)
3.     Don Giovanni, K. 527, Act I: Nur ihrem Frieden weih' ich mein Leben (Sung in German)
04:26
Don Giovanni, K. 527 (Sung in German) (excerpts)
4.     Act II: Einsam, hier an dunkler Statte
10:13
5.     Act II: Hor mich, ihr Freunde … Folget der Heissgeliebten
05:10
Così fan tutte, K. 588 (excerpts)
6.     Act I: La mia Dorabella
07:41
7.     Act I: Un'aura amorosa
04:49
8.     Act II: Fra gli amplessi
04:49

Wagner, Richard

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg), Act III: Gleich, Meister! Hier!
9.     Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg), Act III: Gleich, Meister! Hier!
07:58

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Fidelio, Op. 72, Act I: Jetzt, Schatzchen, jetzt sind wir allein
10.     Fidelio, Op. 72, Act I: Jetzt, Schatzchen, jetzt sind wir allein
05:25
Fidelio, Op. 72, Act II: Gott! Welch ein Dunkel hier! … In des Lebens Fruhlingstagen
11.     Fidelio, Op. 72, Act II: Gott! Welch ein Dunkel hier! … In des Lebens Fruhlingstagen
10:33

Disc 2

Strauss, Richard

Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59, TrV 227, Act I: Di rigori armato il seno
1.     Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59, TrV 227, Act I: Di rigori armato il seno
06:18
Arabella, Op. 79, TrV 263, Act III: Arabella! Unmoglich! Es ist ja nicht denkbar!
2.     Arabella, Op. 79, TrV 263, Act III: Arabella! Unmoglich! Es ist ja nicht denkbar!
05:10
Capriccio, Op. 85, TrV 279, Act I: Kein Andres, das mir so im Herzen loht … Des Dichters Worte, wie leuchten Sie klar! … Verraten hab' ich meine Gefuhle
3.     Capriccio, Op. 85, TrV 279, Act I: Kein Andres, das mir so im Herzen loht … Des Dichters Worte, wie leuchten Sie klar! … Verraten hab' ich meine Gefuhle
12:46

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich

Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, Act I: Mesdames, verzeih'n Sie meine kuhnheit … O Wonne, o Seligkeit, ich seh' Sie (Sung in German)
4.     Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, Act I: Mesdames, verzeih'n Sie meine kuhnheit … O Wonne, o Seligkeit, ich seh' Sie (Sung in German)
08:46
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in German) (excerpts)
5.     Act II: Wohin seid ihr entschwunden
07:05
6.     Act II: Da kommen sie!
06:06
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, Act II: Triquet's Couplets
7.     Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, Act II: Triquet's Couplets
04:00

Shostakovich, Dmitry

Katerina Izmaylova, Op. 114, Act II: Katerina! - Sinowi!
8.     Katerina Izmaylova, Op. 114, Act II: Katerina! - Sinowi!
03:21

Pfitzner, Hans

Palestrina, Act I Scene 6: Allein in dunkler Tiefe
9.     Palestrina, Act I: Allein in dunkler Tiefe
07:14

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620, Act I: Die Weisheitslehre dieser Knaben
10.     Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620, Act I: Die Weisheitslehre dieser Knaben
08:15

Total Playing Time: 02:24:11