Founded in 1962, the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music is dedicated to promoting understanding of the life and works of composers Kurt Weill (1900-1950) and Marc Blitzstein (1905-1963) and preserving the legacies of Weill and his wife, actress-singer Lotte Lenya (1898-1981).
In 1998, to honor the centenary of the birth of Lenya, the foundation established the annual Lotte Lenya Competition, an international contest that bridges the worlds of opera/operetta and Broadway musical theater. More than a vocal competition, the contest emphasizes wide-ranging repertoire and the acting of songs and arias within a dramatic context. The 2017 competition seeks exceptionally talented young singer/actors who excel in a wide range of musical theater styles to compete for first-, second-, and third-place prizes of $20,000, $15,000, and $10,000.
The competition is open to singer/actors of all nationalities, ages 19–32 (born after 23 April 1984 and before 24 January 1998).
See the Weill Foundation website for complete program guidelines, instructions for submitting a video audition, and other application procedures.