Congratulations to our very own Christine Amon, a prize-winning finalist at the 20th Anniversary Lotte Lenya Competition!
You may remember Christine and her "sweet, powerful voice," in Opera Memphis productions like Hansel and Gretel, The Music Shop, The Mikado, The Ghosts of Crosstown, and countless others. Christine studied at the renowned Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, received her Bachelor of Music from Grand Valley State University, and graduated with a Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State University.
With her extensive resume and international stage appearances, it comes as no surprise to us that she did so well in this year's Lotte Lenya Competition. But her achievement was no easy feat.
The Competition started back in 1998 by the Kurt Weill Foundation "to identify and nurture precisely the sort of performer who could 'do it all' by performing idiomatically the full range of music theater." (Kurt Weill Newsletter, v. 36 p. 22).
And while Christine most certainly fits that definition to a "T," she wasn't the only one vying for one of their coveted prizes--prizes awarded through a series of performances to test the vocalists' range, skill, and endurance.
The finalists were selected from an initial pool of 235 contestants who auditioned via video submissions. The group was winnowed down to twenty-eight semifinalists who auditioned live at the Manhattan School of Music in March...The finalists represented a diverse and highly accomplished group of versatile performers, many of whom have already embarked on major performing careers...
The finals took place at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY on 14 April 2018. During the daytime round, each contestant performed a program of four selections from the operatic, "Golden Age," and contemporary musical theater repetoires, including at least one number by Kurt Weill. They all returned in the evening to perform a single selection, chosen by the judges from their afternoon programs. The evening concert was stremed live and viewed remotely by more than 1,000 households, its widest audience ever.
-Kurt Weiller Newsletter, Volume 36
This was Christine's second time to make it to the final round of competition, and this time was one of five contestants to receive a $2,000 prize.
We are exceptionally happy and proud for Christine! She is a rising a star in the musical theater world, and we hope to have her back on Memphis stages soon!