2013 Lotte Lenya winner Doug Carpenter

Doug Carpenter

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Baritone Virtuoso Douglas Carpenter, winner of the 2013 Lotte Lenya competition, joined host Robert Hammond to talk about the annual, international competition, that took place Saturday, April 12 at the Eastman School of Music’s Kilbourn Hall.  Carpenter  discussed his journey to the competition, his repertoire, and what winning has done for his career.  He’s currently in the role of Lt. Cable in Paper Mill House’s production of South Pacific, on stage through May 4.

Doug began his career in opera earning a degree in voice from UNLV and a Masters in Vocal Performance from UCLA. Since graduating, Doug originated roles in two Roger Bean productions, as Skip in Life Could Be A Dream (LA Weekly and LA Drama Critics Circle winner) and Curtis in Summer of Love (Musical Theatre West, Ogunquit Playhouse). Regional credits: Lancelot in Camelot (Pasadena Playhouse), Curly in Oklahoma! (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Fullerton Civic Light Opera), Tony in West Side Story (Fullerton Civic Light Opera), Thief in See What I Wanna See (Blank Theatre), Prince in Cinderella (Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities), Chris in Miss Saigon (Moonlight Amphitheatre), and Joey in The Most Happy Fella (Dallas Lyric Stage). New York theater: Mr. Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Doug is the only singer to win both the American Traditions Competition (2011) and the Lotte Lenya Competition (2013).

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In 1998, to honor the centenary of the birth of Lotte Lenya (1898-1981), an extraordinary singer/actress and one of the foremost interpreters of the music of her husband, Kurt Wiell (1900-1950), the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music established an annual Lotte Lenya Competition.

The competition recognizes talented young singer/actors who are dramatically and musically convincing in repertoire ranging from opera/operetta to contemporary Broadway scores, with a focus on the works of Kurt Weill. More than a vocal competition, the Lotte Lenya Competition is a theater singing competition that emphasizes wide-ranging repertoire and the acting of songs and arias within a dramatic context.

Twitter Crashed, Travolta tanked, Idina soars, and Ellen Rules! An Oscar Recap on “Stage Notes”

selfie-413x233Broadway was represented in full-force at this year’s Academy Awards! Although John Travolta decimated the pronunciation of her name, Tony Award winner (Elphaba in Wicked) Idina Menzel, did the Great White Way proud with her performance of “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen.  Broadway songwriter (The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) Robert Lopez not only won his first Academy Award but also became one of only 12 EGOTs — people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony.  A full Stage Notes recap with host Robert Hammond  is just a click away.

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“Glee” Star Matthew Morrison Talkes to Robert Hammond About His New CD – Full Interview Now Available on Demand

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Broadway leading man and Glee star Matthew Morrison  talked with Stage Notes host Robert Hammond about his new CD, Where it All Began.  According to Morrison, this CD (the first released from Adam Levine’s new production company 222 Records) is a “dream come true.”  Stand outs on the recording are “On the Street Where You Live,”  “West Side Story Medley,”  a jazzed up version of “Younger than Springtime,” and a duet with Smokey Robinson, “Ease on Down the Road.”  Morrison’s interpretation of “Send in the Clowns” is another highlight (have tissues ready!).  It’s a must buy CD!

Click below to hear the entire interview – Aired 7/6/13