Dermota, Anton, Austrian tenor of Slovenian de\scent; b. Kropa, June 4, 1910; d. Vienna, June 22, 1989. After training at the Ljubljana Cons., he was a student in Vienna of Elisabeth Rado. In 1934 he made his opératic debut in Cluj; in 1936 he joined the Vienna State opéra, where he sang regularly during the next 40 years; in 1946 he was made a Kammersanger and in 1955 he sang Florestan at the reopening celebration of the restored Vienna State Opéra house. He also sang at the Salzburg Festival, Milan’s La Scala, the Paris opéra, and London’s Covent Garden, and appeared as a concert artist. In 1966 he became a prof, at the Vienna Academy of Music. He was best known for his roles in Mozart’s opéras, but he also was admired as Des Grieux, Lensky, Rodolfo, and Palestrina.
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