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The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
E-News December 2013
The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music E-News
Singing the Story: The Lotte Lenya Competition

Maren Weinberger, 2013 Lenya Competition Prizewnner

Singing the Story: The Lotte Lenya Competition (2-time judge Victoria Clark)
 Singing the Story: The Lotte Lenya Competition (Rachel Cordeiro-Perez)

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New Documentary Spotlights 
the Lotte Lenya Competition

The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music is pleased to announce the online release of Singing the Story: The Lotte Lenya Competition, a new documentary film about the prestigious international contest for singer-actors, produced by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc., and directed, filmed, and edited by Granny Cart Productions.

The short, high-definition film traces the journey of the 2013 Competition, on stage and off, through the semi-finals, finals, and a 15th anniversary celebration concert at New York’s Symphony Space. Through live footage and interviews, Singing the Story reveals the rigorous and unique nature of the Lenya Competition, which challenges singers to go beyond the usual “stand and sing” approach of vocal competitions by requiring them to present fully acted performances of wide-ranging theater repertoire, from opera to Broadwayto “sing the story.”

Play Singing the Story: The Lotte Lenya Competition

With featured appearances by:
Lenya Competition Judges Rob Berman, Ted Chapin, Victoria Clark, James Holmes, Rebecca Luker, Patricia Racette, and Jeanine Tesori; Kurt Weill Foundation President Kim Kowalke; and Competition Finalists and Winners Alison Arnopp, Doug Carpenter, Rachel Cordeiro-Perez, Justin Hopkins, Zachary James, Analisa Leaming, Mingjie Lei, Erik Liberman, Lauren Roesner, Maren Weinberger, and Lauren Worsham.

Find out why distinguished theater pros are saying:

“This is a Competition of the highest quality."
- Rebecca Luker, 3-time judge 

"I can't imagine a more challenging competition for singers than the Lotte Lenya Competition."
- Rob Berman, 4-time judge

“It’s a great way to pull up amazing and unique talent."
- Patricia Racette, 2013 Finals judge
The Firebrand of Florence
Delights in Dresden

Weill-Gershwin operetta 

has European stage premiere

Weill’s 1945 Broadway operetta The Firebrand of Florence is wooing audiences and critics in its German premiere and European stage premiere at the Staatsoperette Dresden. Directed by Holger Hauer and conducted by Andreas Schüller, Firebrand is being performed through May 11 in a new German translation by Roman Hinze, who translated Lady in the Dark for a highly successful Staatsoper Hannover production in 2011.

“You get grand oper(ett)a—like the 20-minute opening scene—catchy tunes and naughty songs. Weill can do it all, even serenading God Cupid with an octet of models as "the little naked boy." The Dresden premiere makes one thing obvious: this is a wonderful piece of cultural entertainment to be discovered, revealing yet another fascinating side of Weill’s.” -- Manuel Brug, Die Welt

Based on Edwin Justus Mayer's 1924 stage hit The Firebrand about the life of Benvenuto Cellini, the operetta reunited Weill with his lyricist for Lady in the Dark, Ira Gershwin. Despite a riveting 20-minute opening scene in which Cellini dodges the gallows and a core of lovely musical numbers, the original production was plagued by misguided casting and staging and ran little more than a month. Firebrand remained forgotten for many years, but a concert performance in 2000 by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis in London, followed by a BBC radio broadcast, led to the release of a complete CD recording of the score on the Capriccio label. Since the London performance, Firebrand has been heard in universally acclaimed concerts in Vienna, in Dessau at the Kurt Weill Fest, and in New York with the Collegiate Chorale, starring Nathan Gunn, Anna Christy, and Victoria Clark

A critical edition of the full score, edited by Joel Galand, was published in 2002 as part of the Kurt Weill Edition.

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The Firebrand of Florence at Staatsoperette Dresden

The Firebrand of Florence at Staatsoperette Dresden
Miljenko Turk as Cellini and Olivia Delaure as Angela.

The Firebrand of Florence at Staatsoperette Dresden
Bryan Rothfuss (center) as the Duke of Florence.
Street Scene, Staatsoper Hannover
Ania Vegry and Christopher Tonkin in Street Scene at Staatsoper Hannover

Patti Lupone
Patii LuPone

Martha Clarke
Martha Clarke

Jeffrey Kahane
Jeffrey Kahane

The Threepenny Opera at Signature Theatre
The Threepenny Opera, Signature Theatre, VA

Spring Preview - Highlights

Street Scene
Bernd Mottl, director; Benjamin Reiners, conductor.
Through February 5, 2014

The Firebrand of Florence
Holger Hauer, director; Andreas Schüller, conductor.
Through May 11 

Weill songs
“Far Away Places,” touring show featuring several Weill songs.
Patti LuPone, soloist.
31 January 2014, San Diego; 20 March, Las Vegas; 21 March, Scottsdale, AZ; 22 March, Costa Mesa, CA; 3-4 April, Palm Desert, CA.

The Threepenny Opera
Atlantic Theater Company, New York. Martha Clarke, director; Gary Fagin, music director.
12 March – 4 May 

Symphony No. 2
New York Philharmonic. Jeffrey Kahane, conductor.
20–22, 25 March

Violin Concerto
Sinfonieorchester Aachen. Kazem Abdullah, conductor; Kolja Blacher, violin. 
13–14 April

The Threepenny Opera
Signature Theatre, Virginia. Matthew Gardiner, director; Gabe Mangiante, music director.
22 April – 1 June

Weill songs
Blitzstein songs
Madison Symphony Orchestra. John DeMain, conductor; Ron Raines and Emily Birsan, soloists.
2–4 May

Symphony No. 2
Dresdner Philharmonie. Michael Sanderling, conductor.
24 May

Performance Calendar

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