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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Individuals to Participate in a Vocal Competition

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Lotte Lenya Competition

The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #175728

Grant Description

Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International singers and actors between the ages of 19 and 32 to participate in a musical theater and opera vocal contest. Contestants are encouraged to choose contrasting songs that display stylistic range and repertoire. Contestants must perform a program that contains four selections, one from each category outlined below:

  • One theatrical selection (any genre) by Kurt Weill: Weill selection(s) must be sung in their original theatrical versions and language. However, in this category only, authorized English translations for selections from The Threepenny Opera (English lyrics by Marc Blitzstein or Michael Feingold) and Happy End (English lyrics by Michael Feingold) will also be permitted.
  • One song from a musical written before 1968: Contestants must perform the stage version of the song as it is contained in the piano-vocal score of the show (not in "selections" format, or from a film or popular adaptation of the work). Musical theater selections must be sung in English. Contestants may also select a Weill song written for Broadway as their pre-1968 musical theater selection. Note, however, that multiple Weill selections should be contrasting (in genre, style, and/or language).
  • One song from a musical written in/after 1968: Contestants must perform the stage version of the song as it is contained in the piano-vocal score of the show (not in "selections" format, or from a film or popular adaptation of the work). Musical theater selections must be sung in English.
  • One selection from an opera or operetta: The opera/operetta selection must be sung in its original musical version, key, and language. Contestants may also choose a selection from an opera/operetta by Weill for this category. Again, please note that multiple Weill selections should be contrasting.

For more information on performance requirements, see https://www.kwf.org/lotte-lenya-competition/guidelines-application/

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The 2023 Competition is open to singing actors of all nationalities born between 1 January 1990 and 1 March 2004 (c. 19-32).

First, Second, and Third Prizewinners from previous years are ineligible to compete in subsequent competitions. Winners of discretionary awards may compete again so long as they select repertoire different from what they were previously recognized for.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Finals Prizes
- First Prize: $25,000
- Second Prize: $20,000
- Third Prize: $15,000
- Discretionary Awards of $6,000 each may be awarded by the judges in recognition of an outstanding performance of a single number or other exceptional aspects of a finalist’s presentation.

Other finalists: $3,000

Prizes Given Before the Finals
- Semifinalist Prize: $1,250 (given to all semifinalists, including those who advance to the finals.)
Preliminary Round Prizes of $750 each:
- Emerging Talent Award, for contestants ages 19-23 who demonstrate enormous potential
- Grace Keagy Award for Outstanding Vocal Promise
- Outstanding performance of a selection from the Lenya Competition Songbook

Contact Information:

Apply Online: https://thekurtweillfoundationformusic.submittable.com/submit

Contact:

kwfinfo@kwf.org
(212) 505-5240

Contact competition staff directly:

Brady Sansone
Director of Programs and Business Affairs
bsansone@kwf.org
(212) 505-5240 x204

Veronica Chaffin
Manager of Programs and Business Affairs
vchaffin@kwf.org
(212) 505-5240 x201

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