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  • Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Lotte Lenya Competition!
  • Check Out Our Brand-New Winners' Gallery!Click above for photos and links to more information about previous prize and award winners
  • Winners of 20th Annual Lenya Competition Announced!Paulina Villarreal (3rd Prize), Felipe Bombonato (2nd Prize), and Bradley Smoak (1st Prize) with judges
  • Teresa Stratas with Lotte Lenya, 1980Click above to read about Stratas's contributions to the Competition!
  • Bradley Smoak, First Prize, 2017
  • Lauren Michelle, First Prize, 2015
  • Dennis Wees, Second Prize, 2016
Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Lotte Lenya Competition!1 Check Out Our Brand-New Winners' Gallery!2 Winners of 20th Annual Lenya Competition Announced!3 Teresa Stratas with Lotte Lenya, 19804 Bradley Smoak, First Prize, 20175 Lauren Michelle, First Prize, 20156 Dennis Wees, Second Prize, 20167

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 22 January 2018
  • Semi-final auditions 8-9 March 2018
  • Final auditions 14 April 2018

Eligibility

Open to singer/actors of all nationalities, ages 19–32 (born after 15 April 1985 and before 23 January 1999).

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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Questions? We’re here to help! Check our FAQ, or contact us at ; (212) 505-5240. Contact competition staff directly:

Brady Sansone, Director of Programs and Business Affairs: , (212) 505-5240 x204
Elizabeth Blaufox, Associate Director of Programs and Promotion: , (212) 505-5240 x210
Veronica Chaffin, Office Manager: , (212) 505-5240 x201

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