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The 2021 Lotte Lenya Competition: deadline extended!


The 23rd annual Lotte Lenya Competition is now accepting applications! Deadline EXTENDED: now 16 February 2021, preliminary and semifinal rounds completely virtual

1st Prize - $20,000 • 2nd Prize - $15,000 • 3rd Prize – $10,000 • Total prizes and awards will exceed $75,000

The Lenya Competition is a unique, international contest for singing actors that bridges the worlds of opera/operetta and Broadway musical theater, following the example of Lenya’s husband, composer Kurt Weill. More than a vocal competition, the contest emphasizes wide-ranging repertoire and the acting of songs and arias within a dramatic context. 

Previous winners have gone on to appear on Broadway, in major opera houses and festivals, international tours, regional theaters, and cabaret. A panel of distinguished musical theater and opera professionals will judge the competition; past judges have included Teresa Stratas, Harold Prince, Victoria Clark, Rob Berman, Andy Einhorn, Rebecca Luker, and Patricia Racette.

Complete eligibility information, application, resources and guidelines available at

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