November 2015


2015 Fall Newsletter Has Arrived!


Kurt Weill Newsletter, Volume 33 No. 2
The Fall 2015 Kurt Weill Newsletter is out now, and should be arriving in subscribers’ mailboxes soon! Not a subscriber? Read it online, or subscribe to the print edition by simply e-mailing your name and postal address to This issue’s features include a preview of Lost in the Stars at Washington National Opera, including director Tazewell Thompson’s reflections on this powerful production; reviews of Die Dreigroschenoper  and Mackie Messer: Ein Salzburger Dreigroschenoper at the Salzburg Festival; and Kurt Weill Foundation news.

Published twice a year, the Kurt Weill Newsletter features articles and reviews (books, performances, recordings) that center on Kurt Weill but take a broader look at issues of twentieth-century music and theater. With a print run of 5,000 copies, the Newsletter is distributed worldwide. Subscriptions are free. The editor welcomes the submission of articles, reviews, and news items for inclusion in future issues.

Lenya Competition Tips


Working on your application for the 2016 Lotte Lenya Competition? Applications are being accepted now through January 25. Need help finding the right Weill selection for your audition? See our suggested repertoire list, and tips for contestants.

The Lotte Lenya Competition is a unique international theater singing contest that emphasizes wide-ranging repertoire and the acting of songs and arias within a dramatic context. The competition recognizes talented young singer/actors who are dramatically and musically convincing in repertoire ranging from opera/operetta to contemporary Broadway scores, including the works of Kurt Weill. Total prize purse exceeds $60,000; individual prizes range from $15,000 to $1,000. See complete guidelines and competition information at


The Road of Promise at Carnegie Hall, May 2015
Year in Review

2015 saw many note-worthy Kurt Weill productions and performances including the US Premiere of The Road of Promise at Carnegie Hall, Lady in the Dark at the Lyric Stage in Dallas, TX, and Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. Mahagonny also received its company premiere at the Royal Opera House in London with a new translation by Jeremy Sams. Blitzstein’s Triple Sec and Weill’s Silbersee each received concert performances at Konzerthaus Berlin. A special tribute at this year’s Obie Awards recognized Weill’s contributions to Broadway and Off-Broadway.

And there is more to come in 2016! Check our performance calendar and our next E-news in January for a preview of the many great performances scheduled for the coming year.


Julia Migenes sings Kurt Weill - Odyssey Theatre
Upcoming Performances

Street Scene
Clark Rundell, conductor
2 December

Weill Songs
Odyssey Theatre, Los Angeles, California
Julia Migenes, vocals; Mitsuko Morikawa, piano
2 December

L'opera de quat'sous
Théâtre Toursky, Opéra éclaté (touring production) Olivier Desbordes and Éric Perez, directors; Manuel Peskine, conductor
4 December

The Cradle Will Rock
Wayne Jordan, director; Cathal Synnott, conductor
4 December

KWF Performance Calendar