Leopold Cordes-Dermota

1912-1992
Leopold Dermota was also appearing as Leo Cordes-Dermota (Cordes was his mother's maiden name). He was a metal worker first (Kropa, the village where the Dermotas came from, traditionally produced hand-made nails), then an engine fitter, then followed his elder brother Anton to Vienna, studied voice with the same teacher, and became a tenor like Anton.

He spent his career in smaller houses in Austria (like in Innsbruck or at the Vienna Volksoper), Germany (Würzburg) and Switzerland. He made his debut in 1942 at the Landestheater in Salzburg, where he stayed until 1950. He also sang at the Salzburger Festspielen 1949 (Concert), 1951 (Arbace in Idomeneo ands as soloist in the Mozarts' c-moll-Messe).

Cordes-Dermota sang minor roles at the Wiener Staatsoper:
Un ballo in maschera (Diener 16 times (December 13, 1946 to May 25, 1948)), Boris Godunov (Misail, twice (July 26 1945 and August 2 1945)); Carmen (Remendado 12 times (November 21, 1946 to October 26, 1947)); Madama Butterfly (Yamadori, September 2, 1946); Pagliacci (Beppo (7 times (December 6, 1946 to November 27, 1947)); Salome (3. Jude, May 17 1947); Schwanda der Dudelsackpfeifer (1. Gendarm (16 times (January 1, 1947 to May 21, 1947)); die Tote Augen (Hirt, April 29, 1950).

Leopold Dermota sings Carmen: C'est toi, c'est moi, with Hilde Büchel in German
Büchel sang during 1943-45 at the Theater in Luzern; 1944-46 at the Städtebundtheater Biel-Solothurn; 1946-48 at the Stadttheater in Basel; 1948-51 again at the Städtebundtheater Biel-Solothurn; 1951-56 at the Landestheater in Kiel; 1956-57 at the Stadttheater in Lübeck; 1957-60 at the Stadttheater in Zürich; 1960-61 at the Opernhaus in Frankfurt a.M.; and from 1961 until her death at the Stadttheater in Heidelberg. She also made guest appearances in 1951, 1953 and 1960 at the Hamburger Staatsoper.
I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recordings and notes.

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