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.
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.