20th Annual Lotte Lenya Competition Finals to be
​Live Streamed!


Unable to attend the 20th annual Lotte Lenya Competition Finals in person? We’re pleased to announce that the Evening Concert & Awards Ceremony will be available to watch online via live stream. Simply click on the following link (no password required):

The concert begins at 8:00 pm; the stream will become available fifteen minutes prior to the start of the concert. The evening will conclude with the presentation of awards and prizes, expected to total over $75,000! 

The Legendary Teresa Stratas to Appear as
​Special Guest of Honor


Teresa Stratas with Lotte Lenya, 1980.
International opera star Teresa Stratas returns to the competition this year as Special Guest of Honor. This marks her eleventh appearance at the competition, following ten prior times as a judge, including at the competition’s inaugural year in 1998. Stratas's own legendary talent and career exemplify the values engendered by the Competition, as her repertory encompassed music theater in its widest sense: opera, operetta, American musical theater, and particularly the music of Kurt Weill. She made her debut at the Met in 1959 and was already an international star before she turned 25. 

Stratas first sang Weill's music in 1979, when she played Jenny in the Met premiere of Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny. In appreciation of her "dream Jenny," Lenya gave Stratas a collection of unpublished material which she recorded in 1981 as The Unknown Kurt Weill, which garnered a fistful of awards. Then came Stratas Sings Weill (also released on Nonesuch), Peter Sellars's film of Die sieben Todsünden, and September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weill. The Kurt Weill Foundation presented her with its Distinguished Achievement Award in Eastman Theatre in 1998 and elected her an honorary trustee in 2005. The Lenya Competition remains the only one Stratas has ever judged, and now, at number 20, it has become almost as much hers as Lenya's.

Additional Features:
The finals take place Saturday, April 22 at Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Each finalist will present his or her entire program in the daytime round, 11:00- 4:00. An evening concert, in which contestants sing only a portion of their programs, follows at 8:00. The concert concludes with the announcement of awards and prizes. Both the daytime round and evening concert are free and open to the public.

We will be live Tweeting throughout the day; follow us @KurtWeillFndn, #Lenya2017.