The semifinal and final rounds of the Lenya Competition are judged by two different sets of individuals. Semifinalists are adjudicated and coached by a single “adjudicator/coach” on a given day (semifinals typically span two days, thus two semifinal judges), while finalists perform for and are evaluated by a three-person jury comprising of musical theater and opera experts with contrasting backgrounds and perspectives.
Finals Judges for past Lenya Competitions have included world-renowned soprano and actress Teresa Stratas; legendary director and producer Harold Prince; conductors Julius Rudel, James Holmes, Andy Einhorn, John Mauceri, Rob Berman, Adam Benzwi, and Eric Stern; director/conductor Ted Sperling; Broadway and opera performers Victoria Clark, Patricia Racette, Angelina Réaux, Rebecca Luker, Timothy Nolen, Judy Kaye, Lisa Vroman, Judy Blazer; producers Welz Kauffman (Ravinia Festival), André Bishop (Lincoln Center Theater), Theodore S. Chapin (Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization), and Michael Kaufmann (Kurt Weill Fest); actor/director Alvin Epstein; directors Jonathan Eaton, Elmar Ottenthal, and Mark Cuddy; composer William Bolcom.
Past Semifinal Coach/Adjudicators have included Rebecca Luker, Jeanine Tesori, Andy Einhorn, Victoria Clark, Ted Sperling, Lisa Vroman, and Judy Blazer. In 2021, two Lenya Competition top prizewinners returned to coach and judge the semifinal round: Analisa Leaming (2007) and Zachary James (2009.)