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June 2010

One Touch of Venus at the Shaw Festival

One Touch of Venus at the Shaw Festival. Photo: David  Cooper

The Shaw Festival has premiered One Touch of Venus at its Royal George Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada. Performances run through 10 October 2010. Eda Holmes directs; Ryan deSouza and Paul Sportelli conduct. With Robin Evan Willis as Venus and Kyle Blair as Rodney Hatch (pictured above).

"The music... is as close to perfection as it gets. 1943 come to life." - Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star

Upcoming Performances - Highlights
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
18 June - 27 July

Mahagonny Songspiel
27, 28 June

Royal Palace
22 August

Lenya Competition News

Out of 230 contestants from 12 countries, seven outstanding singer-actors rose to the top to win prizes in the 2010 Lotte Lenya Competition. The First Prize of $15,000 went to Rebekah Camm, soprano, of Chicago. Camm made her operatic debut as Micaëla in Carmen with the Houston Grand Opera in 2005, and in October will perform the role of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at the Los Angeles Opera, conducted by Plácido Domingo.

Judges Timothy Nolen, Lisa Vroman and Rob Berman chose to forgo the Third Prize and instead awarded Second Prizes of $9,000 each to two exceptionally talented but very different performers: David Arnsperger, baritone, of Berlin, and Margaret Gawrysiak, mezzo-soprano, of New York. Arnsperger has won First Prize in Germany’s National Singing Competition (in the Musicals category), and Gawrysiak has performed with the Seattle Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program.


LLC 2010 Winners. Photo: Kurt Weill Foundation for Music

Winners of the 2010 Lotte Lenya Competition (left to right): Timothy J. McDevitt, Margaret Gawrysiak, Rebekah Camm, Kyle Scatliffe, Edward Mout, Cooper Grodin, David Arnsperger

Watch their performances at the Competition finals >>

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The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc., administers, promotes, and perpetuates the legacies of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya. It encourages broad dissemination and appreciation of Weill’s music through support of performances, productions, recordings, and scholarship; it fosters understanding of Weill’s and Lenya’s lives and work within diverse cultural contexts; and, building upon the legacies of both, it nurtures talent, particularly in the creation, performance, and study of musical theater in its various manifestations and media.

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