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Announcing the 2013 Lotte Lenya Competition

International theater-singing contest seeks exceptional young singer/actors for 15th anniversary competition

Top prize set at $15,000



The Lotte Lenya Competition, celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2013, seeks exceptionally talented young singer/actors who excel in a wide range of musical theater styles for the 2013 competition. Contestants will compete for top prizes of $15,000, $10,000 and $7,500; total prizes awarded will exceed $50,000.

Established in 1998 by the Kurt Weill Foundation, the Lotte Lenya Competition is a unique international contest that bridges the worlds of opera/operetta and Broadway musical theater, following the example of Lenya's husband Kurt Weill, whose compositions spanned many genres. More than a vocal competition, the contest emphasizes the acting of songs and arias within a dramatic context and idiomatic singing of a broad range of theater repertoire.

The 2013 Lotte Lenya Competition is open to artists ages 19-32 born after December 31, 1980 and before January 1, 1994. Each contestant must submit a preliminary audition DVD by February 1, 2013. Those selected as semi-finalists will be invited to audition live in New York City on March 15-16, 2013. Competition finals will be held on April 13, 2013, at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, USA. Finalists will each receive an award of $1,000, plus a stipend to offset travel costs to the finals.

Contestants must prepare a program of four selections: one selection from the opera or operetta repertoire; two songs from the American musical theater repertoire (one pre-1968 and one from 1968 or later); and a theatrical selection by Kurt Weill. They will be judged on their ability to interpret text and portray a character, along with stage presence, beauty of voice, and secure vocal technique.

A panel of distinguished musical theater and opera professionals will judge the competition. Past judges have included world-renowned soprano and actress Teresa Stratas; legendary director and producer Harold Prince; and Broadway leading ladies Victoria Clark and Rebecca Luker.

Previous winners perform regularly on Broadway, in regional theaters and international tours, and in major opera houses in the United States and Europe. Last season alone, they appeared in four Broadway shows; two national tours; regionally at Arena Stage, Centerstage, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Portland Center Stage, and The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park; and with the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Hamburg State Opera.

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Originally posted: 10 September 2012
Last updated: 11 September 2012