Founded in 1962, the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music is dedicated to promoting greater understanding of the life and works of composers Kurt Weill (1900-1950) and Marc Blitzstein (1905-1963) and preserving the legacies of Weill and his wife, actress-singer Lotte Lenya (1898-1981).
In 1998, to honor the centenary of the birth of Lenya, the foundation established the annual Lotte Lenya Competition, a unique international contest that bridges the worlds of opera/operetta and Broadway musical theater. More than a vocal competition, the contest emphasizes wide-ranging repertoire and the acting of songs and arias within a dramatic context. The 2018 competition is now inviting exceptionally talented young singer/actors who excel in a wide range of musical theater styles to compete for top prizes of $20,000, $15,000, and $10,000.
Previous Lenya Competition winners are making careers playing leading and featured roles in major theaters and opera houses around the globe.
The competition is open to singer/actors of all nationalities between the ages of 19 and 32 (born after December 31, 1985, and before January 1, 1999).