Founded in 1962, the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music is dedicated to promoting greater 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, a unique 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 2018 competition is now inviting exceptionally talented young singer/actors who excel in a wide range of musical theater styles to compete for top prizes of $20,000, $15,000, and $10,000.
Previous Lenya Competition winners are making careers playing leading and featured roles in major theaters and opera houses around the globe.
The competition is open to singer/actors of all nationalities between the ages of 19 and 32 (born after December 31, 1985, and before January 1, 1999).
See the Weill Foundation website for complete program guidelines, instructions for submitting a video audition, and other application procedures.