Karoline Wilhelmine Charlotte Blamauer, 18 October 1898, Hitzing, Austria, d. 27 November 1981, New York City, New York, USA. As a child Lenya was a tightrope walker, then trained with a Swiss ballet company. In 1920 she became a drama student in Berlin where, in 1924, she met composer Kurt Weill, marrying him two years later. In 1927, Lenya was in Mahagonny Songspiel, a one-act opera by Weill and Bertolt Brecht, in which she sang Alabama Song. She was then the original character Jenny in 1928s Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera), which Weill and Brecht adapted from John Gays eighteenth-century The Beggars Opera. Lenya repeated this performance in G.W. Pabsts 1931 film version. Also in 1931 she played the role of Lucy in Weill and Brechts Aufstief Und Fall Der Stast Mahagonny, a three-act version of Mahagonny Songspiel. With the rise of the Nazis, Lenya and Weill left Germany, living briefly in Paris before settling...
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