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The evening concert of the 2017 Lenya Competition finals will be streamed live direct from Kilbourn Hall in Rochester! The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. EDT on 22 April; point your browser to http://www.esm.rochester.edu/live/kilbourn before the concert to stream it (no password required).

 

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The Lotte Lenya Competition

In 1998, to honor the centenary of the birth of Lotte Lenya (1898-1981), an extraordinary singer/actress and one of the foremost interpreters of the music of her husband, Kurt Weill (1900-1950), the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music established an annual Lotte Lenya Competition.

The Lotte Lenya Competition recognizes talented singer/actors of all nationalities, ages 19-32, who are dramatically and musically convincing in repertoire ranging from opera/operetta to contemporary Broadway scores, including the works of Kurt Weill.

Total prizes exceed $75,000; individual prizes range from $500 (semi-finals) to $20,000 (finals).

“No vocal contest better targets today’s total-package talents.” — Opera News, August 2014

 

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Dates

  • Applications & audition videos due 23 January 2017
  • Semi-final auditions 9-10 March 2017
  • Final auditions 22 April 2017

Eligibility

Open to singer/actors of all nationalities, ages 19–32 (born after 23 April 1984 and before 24 January 1998).

Repertoire

Contestants must prepare four selections, total duration not to exceed 15 minutes:

  • A selection from the operatic or operetta repertoire;
  • A theatrical selection (any genre) by Kurt Weill;
  • A song from the “Golden Age” (pre-1968) American musical theater repertoire; and
  • A song from the American musical theater repertoire of 1968 or later.

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