2014 LOTTE LENYA COMPETITION
Prizes of $15,000 - $10,000 - $7,500
The Lotte Lenya Competition is a unique, international contest for singer/actors that bridges the worlds of opera/operetta and Broadway musical theater, following the example of Lenya’s husband, composer Kurt Weill. More than a vocal competition, the contest emphasizes wide-ranging repertoire and the acting of songs and arias within a dramatic context.
Previous winners have gone on to appear on Broadway, in major opera houses and festivals, international tours, regional theaters, and cabaret. A panel of distinguished musical theater and opera professionals will judge the competition.
Contestants must prepare four selections, following the guidelines as detailed at www.kwf.org:
- one selection from the operatic or operetta repertoire;
- one theatrical selection (any genre) by Kurt Weill;
- one song from the “Golden Age” (pre-1968) American musical theater repertoire; and
- one song from the American musical theater repertoire of 1968 or later.
Each contestant must submit a video audition with all four repertoire selections on DVD by 31 January 2014. (For those unable to prepare DVDs, limited live auditions will be held in New York City on 25 January 2014; deadline to apply for a live audition is 10 January.) Semi-finalists will be invited to audition in New York City on 7-8 March 2014. Travel stipends are available for travel to the semi-finals and finals; see guidelines for details.
12 April 2014 at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, USA.
Open to singer-actors aged 19-32 who were born after 31 December 1981 and before
1 January 1995. Contestants may be citizens of any nation. Open to performers with and without a union affiliation.
31 January 2014. (Applications for live first-round auditions are due by 10 January.)
For further details, go to www.kwf.org/LLC or call (212) 505-5240.
The Lotte Lenya Competition is sponsored by The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music.
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