January 2016

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Victoria Clark and Teresa Stratas
2016 Lotte Lenya Competition Judges Announced! 
Judges for the 19th Annual Lotte Lenya Singing Competition have been announced. Headlining the jury panel for the finals round is legendary operatic soprano Teresa Stratas, marking her tenth time judging the competition. Ms. Stratas judged the competition in its inaugural year in 1998. The Lenya Competition remains the only competition she has ever consented to adjudicate.
 
Semifinalists have the opportunity to sing for and be coached by two Tony-Award-winning adjudicators: Broadway, film and television actress Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza, Gigi) and composer Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Shrek the Musical). 
 
Joining Ms. Stratas at the finals are Theodore S. Chapin, President of Rodgers & Hammerstein and former Chair of the American Theater Wing, also returning for his tenth year, and Andy Einhorn, music director, conductor and accompanist to such stars as Audra McDonald and Barbara Cook. Einhorn’s Broadway credits include Bullets Over Broadway, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and Grammy-nominated Sondheim on Sondheim
 
The 2016 competition is open to singer/actors of all nationalities, ages 19–32 (born after December 31, 1983 and before January 1, 1997). Applications and audition videos are due January 25. Complete competition guidelines and information may be found here. Don’t miss the competition described by Opera News as “target[ing] today's total-package talents, unearthing up-and-coming singers who are ready for their close-ups.”​

​2016 Winter Performance Preview

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Eric Owens (photo credit: Dario Acosta)
​2016 begins with several significant new productions and revivals of Weill's works throughout the US and Europe.

Lost in the Stars comes to Washington National Opera February 12-20 in a highly anticipated revival of Tazewell Thompson’s 2012 Glimmerglass Opera production. Baritone Eric Owens reprises his turn in the lead role, Stephen Kumalo. The WNO performances also feature 2015 Lotte Lenya Competition first prize winner Lauren Michelle as Irina. Read the full feature on Lost in the Stars in our Fall 2015 newsletter.

Die Dreigroschenoper ​receives a new production at the Theater an der Wien, starring Angelika Kirchschlager as Mrs. Peachum and Austrian film and television actor Tobias Moretti as Macheath, January 13-30. Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny runs on three stages in Germany: Volkstheater Rostock, January 8-24; and in repertory at both Theater Kiel and Theater Koblenz starting January 16. Also in Germany, Street Scene opens January 23 at Theater Pforzheim, and runs through June 10.

The University of Minnesota will offer a semester-long, multi-disciplinary Weill festival in a collaboration between the School of Music, the Department of Theater Arts and Dance, the German, Scandinavian and Dutch Studies Department, and the Institute of Advanced Studies. Works to be performed include Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (February 5); Threepenny Opera (February 25-March 6); and Mahagonny Songspiel (March 21). The festival concludes with a production of Lady in the Dark.

For a complete listing of performances scheduled for 2016, visit our performance calendar.
Blitzstein Performances in 2016

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Marc Blitzstein receives renewed attention
this year with several notable performances
scheduled throughout 2016. Three
productions of Regina take the stage in the first half of the year: Bronx Opera mounts four performances, January 16 & 17 at Lehman College (Bronx, NY) and 23 & 24 at Hunter College (New York, NY); followed by three performances February 19 through 21 at Anderson University (Anderson, IL); and finally, four performances at the University of Maryland, College Park, April 8-16.

On May 28, the Curious Flights Symphony Orchestra and Festival Chorus in San Francisco, CA, performs The Airborne Symphony, with Alasdair Neale conducting. Meanwhile, Blitzstein’s adaptation of Threepenny Opera remains an audience favorite. More information and an exciting announcement regarding the launch of a new website devoted to Blitzstein’s life and music coming soon!

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Angelika Kirchschlager - Die Dreigroschenoper, Theater an der Wien
Upcoming Performances

Die Dreigroschenoper
Keith Warner, director; Johannes Kalitzke, conductor
13 - 30 January

The Threepenny Opera
Timo Sokura, director; Jani Pola, conductor
15 Jan - 30 April

Regina (Blitzstein)
The Bronx Opera Company, New York
16 - 24 January

Street Scene
Theater Pforzheim, Germany
Thomas Münstermann, director; Markus Huber, conductor
23 Jan - 10 Jun

KWF Performance Calendar