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The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
E-News September 2013
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The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music E-News
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Melissa Errico
Melissa Errico

Brent Barrett
Brent Barrett

Ron Raines
Ron Raines

Judy Blazer
Judy Blazer









One Touch of Venus 
70th Anniversary Celebration 
at Symphony Space

Broadway stars and Lotte Lenya Competition winners will take the stage in an all-Weill concert at New York’s Symphony Space on October 7, 2013, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Broadway premiere of One Touch of Venus. Hosted by Ted Chapin, the evening will highlight songs from Venus as well as favorites from other Weill shows, including Street Scene, Lady in the Dark, Love Life, Lost in the Stars, Knickerbocker Holiday, The Threepenny Opera, and Happy End


The cast features Melissa Errico (who dazzled as Venus at Encores! in 1996), Brent Barrett, Judy Blazer, and Ron Raines alongside Lenya Competition winners Richard Todd Adams, Douglas Carpenter, Cooper Grodin, Justin Hopkins, Zachary James, Analisa Leaming, Jacob Keith Watson, and Maren Weinberger. Weill specialist James Holmes, who conducted a fully staged production of Venus at England's Opera North in 2004, music directs, and Richard Jay-Alexander directs. 


Errico, Barrett, and Raines are featured singers in a complete recording of Venus that is in the final stages of editing and will be released on Jay Records.


One Touch of Venus opened on Broadway on October 7, 1943, and became Weill's longest-running show. Not coincidentally, it made Mary Martin a Broadway star and set the stage for her storied career. With Weill’s lush score full of standards (including “Speak Low” and “I’m a Stranger Here Myself”) matched with witty, urbane lyrics by Ogden Nash and a risqué yet classy book by Nash and legendary humorist S.J. Perelman, One Touch of Venus continues to charm critics and audiences. 


“A musical of genuine sparkle and beauty.” 

- The Times (London) 


“A delight. 
Anyone looking for a sophisticated musical to revive, with a classy script and an 
equally classy score, need look no further.” 

Opera News


Lotte Lenya Competition winners

Clockwise, from top left: Lotte Lenya Competition winnners Richard Todd Adams, Doug Carpenter, Cooper Grodin, Justin Hopkins, Maren Weinberger, Jacob Keith Watson, Analisa Leaming, and Zachary James.

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Announcing the 2014 
Lotte Lenya Competition

The Lotte Lenya Competition seeks exceptionally talented young singer/actors, ages 19-32, who excel in a wide range of musical theater styles for the 2014 competition. Contestants will compete for top prizes of $15,000, $10,000 and $7,500; total prizes awarded will exceed $50,000. 


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. More than a vocal competition, the contest emphasizes wide-ranging repertoire and the acting of songs and arias within a dramatic context.


Contestants must follow repertoire guidelines and submit a video audition on DVD by January 31, 2014. For those unable to prepare DVDs, limited live auditions will be held on January 25, 2014; the deadline to apply for a live audition is January 10. Semi-finalists will be invited to audition in New York City on March 7-8, 2014. Finalists will each receive an award of $1,000, plus a stipend to offset the cost of travel to the Competition finals, which will be held on April 12, 2014, at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, USA.


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2014 Lotte Lenya Competition



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The Gate Theatre

Caitlin Mathes
Caitlin Mathes

Mahagonny Songspiel costume sketch by Court Watson, Gotham Chamber Opera
Gotham Chamber Opera

Andreas Schüller
Andreas Schüller

patti lupone
Patii Lupone

Anne Sofie von Otter
Anne Sofie Von Otter

Fall Preview - Highlights


The Threepenny Opera
Gate Theatre, Dublin
Wayne Jordan, director; Cathal Synnott, conductor.
September 26 –October 12
Presented in association with the Dublin Theatre Festival.

The Threepenny Opera
James Caraher, conductor. 
October 11-20 
Featuring Lenya Competition winner Caitlin Mathes as Jenny.

Mahagonny Songspiel
“Baden-Baden 1927,” Gotham Chamber Opera, New York
Paul Curran, director; Neal Goren, conductor.
October 23-29
A recreation of the historic 1927 Baden-Baden Festival of Contemporary Music, with short operas by Weill, Hindemith, Milhaud, and Toch. Production design by German neo-expressionist painter Georg Baselitz and Court Watson.

The Firebrand of Florence
Holger Hauer, director; Andreas Schüller, conductor.
October 25 – May 11
European premiere.

Street Scene
Bernd Mottl, director; Benjamin Reiners, conductor.
November 2, 2013 – February 5, 2014
Premiere.

Weill songs
“Far Away Places,” Carnegie Hall, New York
Patti LuPone, soloist.
7 November (also Nov. 3 at The Paladium in Carmel, Indiana) 
A reprise of Ms. Lupone’s cabaret act performed and recorded at 54 Below, featuring four Weill songs.

Die sieben Todsünden
Kleine Dreigroschenmusik
Weill Songs
HK Gruber, conductor; Anne Sofie von Otter, Anna I.
November 15

Die Dreigroschenoper
Philip Tiedemann, director; Anthony Bramall, conductor.
December 31 – May 13
A restaging of a production Tiedmann created at Theater Chemnitz, presented in cooperation with Oper Leipzig and Gewandhaus Leipzig.


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