September 2015

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Busy 2015/16 Season Ahead for Weill and Blitzstein in DC-Area

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Lost in the Stars at Glimmerglass, 2012.
This season, the Washington, DC-area will enjoy a wide range of offerings of Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein’s music. For both long-time fans and first-time audiences, the '15-'16 season promises something for everyone.
 
The year kicks off with four performances of The Threepenny Opera, in the well-known English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein, at American University, October 15-24. This is followed closely by Street Scene at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, November 13-15.
 
At the center of the season is Washington National Opera’s production of Lost in the Stars, a revival of director Tazewell Thompson’s 2012 Glimmerglass Opera production. Eric Owens, current artist-in-residence with the New York Philharmonic, reprises his turn in the lead role of Stephen Kumalo. Also returning from the Glimmerglass production is tenor Sean Pannikar as The Leader. Lauren Michelle, winner of the 2015 Lotte Lenya Competition, makes her WNO debut as Irina. John DeMain conducts. Lost in the Stars runs at the Kennedy Center February 12 through 20.
 
Later in spring 2016, Blitzstein’s rarely heard Regina runs at the University of Maryland, College Park for four performances, April 8-16, with Craig Kier conducting. The season wraps up with concert performances of The Seven Deadly Sins at the National Symphony Orchestra, April 28-30, under the baton of James Gaffigan and with Storm Large as Anna I. A complete performance listing is available on the KWF performance calendar.
Inaugural Rudel Fellow Announced

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Conductor Adam Turner
The KWF is pleased to announce the appointment of Adam Turner as the inaugural recipient of the Julius Rudel/Kurt Weill Conducting Fellowship. In keeping with Maestro Rudel’s artistic vision, this annual award is designed to nuture the developing career of a young conductor while allowing the recipient to expand his or her knowledge of the works of Weill and Blitzstein. The fellowship carries a stipend of $10,000. In addition to his activities as Fellow, Turner will conduct Virginia Opera’s staged production of Seven Deadly Sins at the start of their 2016/17 season, September 30 through October 4.

​Read the full story here.

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Lotte Lenya in The Threepenny Opera Off-Broadway, 1954
Lotte Lenya Competition and Grant Program Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for the 2016 Lotte Lenya Competition. More than a vocal competition, the LLC recognizes talented young singer/actors who are dramatically and musically convincing in repertoire ranging from opera/operetta to contemporary Broadway scores, with a focus on the works of Kurt Weill. The application deadline is January 25, 2016, with semi-finals on March 10-11, 2016 and the final round on April 16, 2016. Complete competition description, guidelines and tips for contestants are available here.
 
And a reminder: The KWF is now accepting applications for the 2016/17 Grant Program cycle.  Deadline is November 1, 2015. More information can be found here.

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Upcoming Performances

Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
Graham Vick, director; John Axelrod, conductor
6-17 October

Symphony No. 2
Lahay Shani, conductor
11 October

The Threepenny Opera
American University, Washington, DC
Cara Gabriel, director; Brandon Adams, conductor
15-24 October

The Cradle Will Rock (Blitzstein)
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 
Valerie Curtis-Newton, director
28 October through 8 November

The Seven Deadly Sins
Roberto Minczuk, conductor
30 October

KWF Performance Calendar