|Doug Carpenter from the 2012 Barihunks Calendar|
Barihunk Doug Carpenter, who created quite a sensation in our 2012 calendar with his "cupcakes" photo, has won the prestigious 2013 Lotte Lenya Competition. He was the only baritone in the finals, so his victory is especially sweet to us. He walks away with $15,000 in prize money to further his career.
Contestants were required to prepare four selections: an aria from the
opera or operetta repertoire; two songs from the American musical
theater repertoire (one from the pre-1968 "Golden Age" and one from 1968
or later); and a theatrical selection by Kurt Weill.
|Doug Carpenter sporting his Barihunk tee (and some impressive guns!)|
Held annually by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music and celebrating its
15th anniversary this year, the Lotte Lenya Competition is an
international theater singing contest that recognizes talented young
singer-actors, ages 19-32, who are dramatically and musically convincing
in a wide range of repertoire, and emphasizes the acting of songs and
arias within a dramatic context.
Soprano Patricia Racette, British opera and musical theater conductor James
Holmes, and Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization President and
American Theater Wing Vice-Chairman Theodore S. Chapin served as
|Doug Carpenter: Career is taking off|
Next week, Carpenter will be doing a reading backed by Sony Music called Beautiful
. He can next be seen at Pennsylvania Shakespeare
from June 12-30, and then Life Could be a Dream
at New York Musical Theater Festival.
Previous winners of the Lotte Lenya competition will be familiar to our readers, including barihunks Lucas Meachem, Liam Bonner and Jonathan Michie, as well as tenor Noah Stewart (who appeared in our year end feature as a tenor who we adore!).
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