The 2016 Lotte Lenya Competition Semifinalists have been announced! Selected from a pool of over 200 video auditions, thirty-one semifinalists
ranging in age from 21-31 will travel to New York City from across the US, Germany, Austria and Canada to perform at the semifinals on March 10 and 11.
These talented young singer/actors will be adjudicated and then coached by two Tony-Award-winners: Broadway, film and television actress Victoria Clark
(Light in the Piazza
, GIGI The Musical
, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
) and composer Jeanine Tesori
, Thoroughly Modern Millie
, Shrek the Musical
). The top performers will then proceed to the competition finals on April 16 in Rochester, NY, where they will sing for another star-studded jury comprised of international opera legend Teresa Stratas
, Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization President and former American Theater Wing Chairman Theodore S. Chapin
, and Broadway music director, conductor and accompanist Andy Einhorn
Past prizewinners have gone on to appear on major opera, concert and theatrical stages around the world. Recent highlights include:
- 2015 First Prize winner Lauren Michelle recently made her Washington National Opera debut as Irina in Weill’s Lost in the Stars, in a performance described as “exquisite” and “a peak of lyricism” by Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun. Coming up this spring, Michelle will perform the role of Musetta in Opera Theatre St. Louis' 2016 production of La Boheme.
- 2015 Second Prize winner Michael Maliakel won first prize in the 2016 American Traditions Competition.
- 2014 First Prize winner Ben Edquist stars in Houston Grand Opera’s world premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s new opera, Prince of Players. Edquist, a first-year artist with the HGO Studio, will also appear in the role of Jigger Craigin in HGO’s Carousel later this season.
- 2007 Second Prize winner Analisa Leaming will appear in Lincoln Center Theater’s current production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I as Anna Leonowens, filling in for two weeks after Kelli O’Hara departs the role on April 17. Leaming has been covering the role for O’Hara since the show’s opening last year.
- 2005 First Prize winner Jonathan Michie appears as Papageno in Barrie Kosky’s production of Die Zauberflöte at LA Opera through March 6, under the baton of James Conlon.
Now in its nineteenth year, the Lotte Lenya Competition is recognized internationally as among the premiere vocal competitions discovering new and rising talent. This year’s competition promises to be no exception!