Trinity Alumnus Emma Sewell Only UK Finalist in Prestigious US Competition

Emma Sewell

Emma Sewell, who gained her BMus at Trinity Laban, is one of 12 exceptionally talented young singer-actors selected to compete for top prizes of $15,000, $10,000 and $7,500 in the finals of the 2011 Lotte Lenya Competition.  The competition will be held on April 16 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.  The judging panel comprises singer-actress and three-time Tony Award nominee Rebecca Luker, Broadway and Encores! Music Director Rob Berman, and Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization President and Chairman of the Board of the American Theater Wing, Theodore S. Chapin.  Emma is the only singer from the UK chosen to compete in the finals.

The Lotte Lenya Competition, an annual international theatre singing competition held by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, honours the legacy of legendary singer/actress Lotte Lenya (1898-1981), who was one of the foremost interpreters of the music of her husband, Kurt Weill (1900-1950). The competition recognises talented young singer-actors aged 19-30 who are dramatically and musically convincing in contrasting modes of theatre music by Kurt Weill and other composers, and emphasises wide-ranging repertoire and the acting of songs within a dramatic context.

For the 2011 competition, contestants were required to prepare four selections: an aria from the opera or operetta repertoire; two songs from the American musical theater repertoire (one pre-1968 and one from 1968 or later); and a theatrical selection by Kurt Weill. Finalists were selected from a group of thirty semi-finalists who auditioned on March 11-12 in New York City for adjudicator/coaches David Loud, Carolyn Marlow and Vicki Shaghoian.

For the finals, the twelve finalists will perform their entire programmes for the judges. The competition will culminate with an evening concert featuring all of the finalists, followed by the announcement of the winners. Both the daytime finals and evening concert are free and open to the public, and will take place in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs Street, Rochester, New York.

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