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
Open to singer/actors of all nationalities, ages 19–32 (born after 23 April 1984 and before 24 January 1998).
Contestants must prepare four selections, total duration not to exceed 15 minutes:
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Brady Sansone, Director of Programs and Business Affairs:
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