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The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
E-News March 2013
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Martha Clarke

F. Murray Abraham

Laura Osnes

Michael Park
Martha Clarke Stages 
The Threepenny Opera
in New York

Sixty years after Marc Blitzstein’s epoch-making English adaptation of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's Dreigroschenoper opened at the Theater de Lys (now the Lucille Lortel Theatre) in Greenwich Village, the Atlantic Theater Company presents a new off-Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera staged by legendary director and choreographer Martha Clarke

The Threepenny Opera, Atlantic Theater Company
The Atlantic has assembled an all-star cast featuring F. Murray Abraham (Peachum), Lilli Cooper (Lucy Brown), Rick Holmes (Tiger Brown), John Kelly (Street Singer), Sally Murphy (Jenny), Laura Osnes (Polly), Michael Park (Macheath), Mary Beth Peil (Mrs. Peachum), and Romeo the bulldog. Gary Fagin, who has had a long and fruitful engagement with Weill and Brecht, including several conducting credits and an edition of Happy End, music directs. Currently in previews, the production runs through May 4.

Now in its 85th anniversary season, The Threepenny Opera continues to inspire new interpretations around the world, with current and upcoming productions in the United States (San Jose Stage Company, Amarillo Opera, Signature Theatre), United Kingdom (Graeae Theatre Company), Germany (Schauspiel Leipzig, Schauspiel Stuttgart), and Austria (Salzburger Landestheater).

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Lenya Competition Documentary Premieres on Public Television

"Singing the Story: The Lotte Lenya Competition"


The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music is pleased to announce the broadcast premiere of Singing the Story: The Lotte Lenya Competition on WXXI-TV, Rochester, New York’s public television station, on March 23, 2014. 


Produced by the Foundation and directed, filmed, and edited by Granny Cart Productions, the half-hour film traces the journey of the 2013 Lenya Competition, on stage and off, through the semi-finals, finals, and a 15th anniversary celebration concert at New York’s Symphony Space. Through dynamic 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 Broadway. 


The film airs Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 3:30 pm and Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 6 pm.

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2014 Lotte Lenya Competition Finalists

2014 Lenya Competition 
Finalists Announced

Fourteen exceptionally talented young singer-actors have been selected as finalists in the 2014 Lotte Lenya Competition. They will compete for top prizes of $15,000, $10,000 and $7,500 on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Rochester, New York. Broadway conductor and Encores! music director Rob Berman, two-time Tony Award winner Judy Kaye, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Artistic Director James Robinson will judge.

The 2014 Finalists are:

Robert Ariza, Ann Arbor, MI
Natalie Ballenger, New York
Diana Rose Becker, Northport, NY
Rachel Cordeiro, New York
Ben Edquist, Houston
Norman Garrett, Silver Spring, MD
Arlo Hill, New York
Briana Elyse Hunter, New York
Carter Lynch, New York
Lauren Michelle, New York
Heather Phillips, Philadelphia
Jim Schubin, Matawan, NJ
Katie Travis, New York
Mikalai Znaharchuk, Minsk, Belarus

Finalists were selected from a group of twenty-nine semi-finalists who auditioned on March 7-8 in New York City. Tony Award nominees Rebecca Luker and Jeanine Tesori served as coach/ adjudicators, evaluating and working with each of the semi-finalists.

Finalists will perform their entire programs for the judges on April 12 between 11:00 am and 3:30 pm. At 8:00 pm, they will perform a concert of selections which ends with the announcement of the winners. Both events are free and open to the public, and will take place in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs Street, Rochester, NY.

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The Threepenny Opera, Graeae Theatre Company
The Threepenny Opera at Graeae Theatre Company

Jeffrey Kahane
Jeffrey Kahane

Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg
Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg

patti lupone
Patti LuPone

Upcoming Performances - Highlights

The Threepenny Opera
Martha Clarke, director; Gary Fagin, conductor. 
Now through May 4

The Threepenny Opera
Graeae Theatre Company, Nottingham, UK
Jenny Sealey, Peter Rowe, directors; Robert Hyman, conductor. 
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, now through March 22
Birmingham Repertory Company, March 27 - April 12
West Yorkshire Playhouse, April 24 - May 10

Symphony No. 2
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor. 
March 20-22, 25

Weill Songs
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, conductor; Chanticleer, vocal ensemble.
Stanford, March 20; San Francisco, March 21-22; San Rafael March 23; Berkeley, March 25 

Weill Songs
“Far Away Places,” Patti LuPone, soloist. 
Las Vegas, March 20; Scottsdale, March 21; Costa Mesa, March 22; Palm Desert, April 3-4

Weill Songs
Gary S. Fagin, conductor; Nancy Hume, Martin Moran, vocalists.
March 23

The Seven Deadly Sins
The Hallé, Manchester, UK
Sir Mark Elder, conductor.
April 10

Violin Concerto
Kazem Abdullah, conductor; Kolja Blacher, violin. 
April 13-14

Mahagonny Songspiel
Alexander Fahima, director; Stanley Dodds, conductor; with members of the Berlin Philharmonic.
April 15, 19

Performance Calendar
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