Kurt Weill Foundation Invites Applications from Vocalists for Lotte Lenya Competition

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.