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The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
E-News October 2014
The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
2015 Lotte Lenya Competition

"No other vocal contest better targets today's total-package talents."
- Opera News, 2014

Singing the Story: The Lotte Lenya Competition

Watch the documentary about the Lotte Lenya Competition,

Lost in the Stars, Glimmerglass Festival
Lost in the Stars, Glimmerglass Festival.
Photo: Karli Cadel/Glimmerglass Festival

Magical Night, ROH Linbury Studio
Magical Night (Zaubernacht), Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
Photo: Tristram Kenton

2015 Lotte Lenya Competition Now Open

First Prize $15,000

The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music seeks exceptionally talented young singer/actors who excel in a wide range of musical theater styles for the 2015 Lotte Lenya Competition. Contestants will compete for top prizes of $15,000, $10,000 and $7,500; total prizes awarded will exceed $50,000.

Established in 1998, the Lotte Lenya Competition is a unique international contest that bridges the worlds of Broadway musical theater and opera/operetta, following the example of Lenya’s husband, composer Kurt Weill. The contest emphasizes wide-ranging repertoire, including works by Weill, and the acting of songs and arias within a dramatic context. Contestants will be judged not only on their vocal talent, but on their ability to create believable characters in a variety of dramatic situations.

Contestants are required to prepare a program of four selections, which must include: one theatrical selection by Kurt Weill (any genre); two songs from the American musical theater repertoire (one pre-1968 and one from 1968 or later); and one aria from the opera or operetta repertoire. 

The 2015 Lotte Lenya Competition is open to singer/actors of all nationalities, ages 19-32. The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music encourages participation by a geographically diverse pool of talented artists. Applicants may compete in the preliminary round of auditions by uploading a video, thereby making the first round universally accessible and overcoming any travel barriers. Travel stipends are offered to contestants advancing to the semi-final and final rounds.

Guidelines and Application

Grant Applications Due 1 November

The application deadline for the 2015 Grant Program is fast approaching! Grant applications for projects and performances taking place on or after 1 January 2015 and before 30 June 2016 are due 1 November 2014. (See guidelines for additional information and requirements.)

The Kurt Weill Foundation Grant Program awards financial support worldwide to not-for-profit organizations for performances of musical works by Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein and for relevant educational initiatives, as well as to individuals for scholarly research pertaining to Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, and Marc Blitzstein.

Funding is awarded in the following categories:

• Professional Performance
• Media
• College/University Performance
• Educational Outreach/Community Engagement 
   (including Kurt Weill Mentors)
• Kurt Weill Dissertation Fellowship
• Publication Assistance
• Research and Travel

Guidelines and Application

HK Gruber and Swedish Chamber Orchestra Tour Weill Program

HK Gruber, who has had a long and fruitful engagement with the works of Kurt Weill—including conducting essential recordings of Die Dreigroschenoper and Der Silbersee—brings his expertise to the podium in November to lead the Swedish Chamber Orchestra in performances of Die sieben Todsünden (The Seven Deadly Sins) and selections from Der Silbersee (The Silver Lake). Gruber’s frequent collaborator, mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager, brings the Sins’ Anna I to life with members of the acclaimed amarcord vocal ensemble as the Family. The program also includes two works by Darius Milhaud.

Following two performances in Sweden (Örebro, November 7; Stockholm, November 8), the program tours to Germany (Neumarkt, November 14; Tuttlingen, November 15; Düsseldorf, November 18) and Austria (Vienna, November 17)

News Flash

Susan Graham

Susan Graham and the Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform Kurt Weill songs as part of a program focused on émigré composers, led by Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen. The evening includes works by Weill, Salonen, Hermann, and Varèse. 6, 7, and 9 November in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles.

Media Update

In Memoriam


(L to r: Marc Blitzstein, Stanley Chase, Lotte Lenya, Carmen Capalbo. Photo courtesy of The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music)
HK Gruber
HK Gruber 
Photo: Jon Super

amarcord vocal ensemble

Photo: Martin Jehnichen

Die Dreigroschenoper, Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Die Dreigroschenoper, Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Photo: Andreas Etter

Angelika Kirchschlager
Angelika Kirchschlager 
Photo: Nikolaus Karlinsky

Johnny Johnson by Kurt Weill and Paul Green, UNC Chapel Hill
Johnny Johnson at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Street Scene, Oberlin Conservatory
Street Scene at Oberlin Conservatory
Illustration: Yuri Popowycz

The Threepenny Opera, University of Utah

The Threepenny Opera, Montclair State University

Upcoming Performance Highlights

Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Germany

Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson, director; Christoph Stiller, Daniela Musca, conductors.

18, 24 Oct.; 1, 7, 19, 27 Nov.; in repertory through 14 February.


Die sieben Todsünden

Excerpts from Der Silbersee      

Swedish Chamber Orchestra

HK Gruber, conductor; Angelika Kirchschlager, Anna I; amarcord, male quartet.

Örebro, Sweden, 7 Nov.; Stockholm, Sweden, 8 Nov.; Neumarkt, Germany, 14 Nov.; Tuttlingen, Germany, 15 Nov.; Vienna, Austria, 17 Nov.; Düsseldorf, Germany, 18 Nov.


Symphony No. 2              

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Hobart, Australia

Andrew Mogrelia, conductor.

14 November


Symphony No. 2              

Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel, Germany

Dirk Kaftan, conductor.

16-17 November

In addition to professional performances, October and November promise significant college/university productions of Weill works, several of which were funded in part by Kurt Weill Foundation grants or sponsorships:

  • Oberlin Conservatory of Music: Sponsorship for “Weill Week at Oberlin,” a week of Weill-related events centered around an Oberlin Opera Theater production of Street Scene, talks by Weill scholars, including a lecture by KWF President Kim H. Kowalke on 7 November, and a cabaret performed by voice students.

  • Montclair State University: Performance Grant for The Threepenny Opera, including enlisting Kurt Weill Mentor Gary Fagin to guide performers in their musical preparation.
  • Opera at Rutgers: Performance Grant for The Threepenny Opera, which will be performed at Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts and at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City.
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Performance Grant for the first U.S. performance of the critical edition of Johnny Johnson. More details forthcoming in the November e-news!

Mahagonny Songspiel  

Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, USA

Frances Rabalais, director; Mark Gibson, conductor.

24-26 October


Street Scene     

Oberlin Conservatory, USA

Jonathon Field, director; Christopher Larkin, conductor.

5-9 November


The Threepenny Opera

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA

Denny Berry, director; Alex Marshall, conductor.

7-23 November


The Threepenny Opera

Montclair State University, USA

Mark Hardy, director; Gregory J. Dlugos, conductor.

13-16 November


The Threepenny Opera

Opera at Rutgers, USA

Pamela Gilmore, director; Kynan Johns, conductor.

14 November, Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick, New Jersey

16 November, Le Poisson Rouge, New York

Johnny Johnson

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Serena Ebhardt, director; Evan Feldman, conductor.
20-24 November

Kurt Weill Performance Calendar


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