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Musical Theatre Senior Honored at Lotte Lenya Competition


Robert Ariza (BFA, ’14) received the Lys Symonette Award for Outstanding Performance of an Individual Number in the 2014 Lotte Lenya Competition for his performance of “She’s A Woman” from Kiss of the Spider Woman. 

Now in its 16th year, the Lotte Lenya Competition is an international theater singing contest that recognizes exceptionally talented young singer/actors, ages 19-32, who are dramatically and musically convincing in a wide range of repertoire, with a focus on the works of Kurt Weill.

This year’s panel of judges included two-time Tony Award winner Judy Kaye, Broadway conductor and New York City Center Encores! Music Director Rob Berman, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Artistic Director James Robinson. Finalists were selected from a pool of 200 contestants, with 29 adjudicated and coached in a semifinal round by Rebecca Luker and Jeanine Tesori. Each of the 14 finalists presented four selections ranging from opera/operetta to contemporary musical theater.

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U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower