Kurt Weill Foundation for Music to World Premiere New Documentary on 2020 Lotte Lenya Competition

By David Salazar

The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music has announced the world premiere of a new documentary film “Down to Twelve: The 2020 Lotte Lenya Competition Finalists.”

Audiences can check out the film starting on Saturday, May 2 starting at 11 a.m. EDT at the company’s official website.

The film, which lasts 75-minutes, follows the 12 finalists during the two-day semifinals in New York City in mid-March.

The final round for the competition was originally set to take place on May 2 at Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. However, the competition was ultimately canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The finalists included Gan-ya Ben-gur Akselrod, Anighya Crocker, Dylan Glenn, Rivers Hawkins, Elena Howard-Scott, Gemma Nha, Marie Oppert, Teresa Perrotta, Lauren Senden, Jeremy Weiss, and Ronald Wilbur.

“As ‘Down to Twelve’ amply demonstrates, this would have been a highly competitive Final with all having a shot at the top prizes. Therefore, each finalist will receive a special KWF Trustees Award of $5,000 (thus sharing equally in the prize pool) and will remain eligible to enter the Competition next year,” stated Kim Kowalke, the Kurt Weill Foundation President and founder of the competition, in a press release.