The Chamber Opera of Memphis
Susan Owen - Leinert, soprano
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The American soprano has found her success in Europe, particularly in the German repertoire. Schooled at the Universities of East Carolina and Austin, Texas, she holds a Master of Music Degree. Currently she is professor of voice at the University of Memphis, TN. After winning the Metropolitan Opera International Auditions and the Opera America Award, she set her sights on Germany, where she found many opportunities to sing such roles as Santuzza, Leonora, Amelia,Tosca, Venus/Elisabeth, Jenufa, Brünnhilde,Isolde, Färberin, Emilia Marty, Jenufa and Elektra, among others.
Emilia Marty Elektra
Ms. Owen-Leinert has performed major roles in engagements at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Semper Oper Dresden, Staatsoper Berlin Unter den Linden, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Staatstheater Kassel and Darmstadt, Oper Bonn and others. She has sung with such renowned conductors as Christian Thielemann, Daniel Barenboim, Janos Kulka, Jiri Kout, Marc Albrecht, Stefan Soltesz and Marc Soustrout. Guest engagements took her around the world to Italy, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, the Middle East and Cyprus.
Die Walküre James Morris - Wotan
Complete live recordings of Der Ring des Nibelungen (Brünnhilde) were released on CD by Ars-Production, Germany. The music magazine Orpheus wrote “The American soprano throws herself into the part with power, passion and fire, perfect diction and a knowledge of what she is singing. An ideal Wotanstochter.” (Photo: Brünnhilde, DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN Götterdämmerung, Act 2, Kassel 1999 - Stage director: Michael Leinert)
Brünnhilde: Susan Owen-Leinert
“With a large voice, precise phrasing, great diction and a rare
seriousness in penetrating this role, she sings a Brünnhilde like one
seldom hears today.” Her concert repertoire includes Wagner’s
Wesendonck Lieder, Vier Letzte Lieder of Richard Strauss,
Sieben Frühe Lieder of Alban Berg, Arnold Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder
and Gustav Mahler’s 8th Symphony. Ms Owen-Leinert has sung
recitals in Europe and the United States with acclaim, recently in
Düsseldorf at the renowned Heinrich Heine & Robert Schumann
Festival 2006. She was invited by several radio stations, for
instance, Radio France - Paris, where she premiered Zygmunt Krauze’s
La Terre. Rolf Liebermann, well-known composer and former Intendant
of the Hamburgische Staatsoper wrote: “This great international success
would not have happened without her beautiful voice and impressive
Artistic Director and stage director of The Chamber Opera of Memphis
in Meldorf / Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. His father,
He created and directed the first Cypriote Opera "Manoli" by Vassos Arghyrides and Giorgos Neophytou, also the world premiere of Ingomar Gruenauer's "Amleth and Fengo" in Heidelberg and Jürg Baur's first Chamberopera (Libretto: M. Leinert after Chechov's "The novel with the contrabass", 2005) in Duesseldorf. At Palm Beach Opera, Florida, Leinert directed successfully "Samson et Dalila", The Flying Dutchman" and in 2002 Wagner's "Tannhaeuser". With great acclaim from International press, he directed in 2002 at the National Theatre of Cyprus in Nicosia the World Premiere of the Greek translation of Goethe's FAUST by the famous poet Nikos Kazantzakis. At the Chamber Opera of Hamburg he directed Donizetti's "Il Borgomastro di Saardam", Mozart's "Le nozze di Figaro", Giovanni Paisiello's "Il barbiere di Siviglia" and Wagner's "Das Liebesverbot". In March 2006 he produced successfully the opera HAMLET by Ambroise Thomas at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Duesseldorf-Duisburg. In March 2007 he produces the play DON JUAN by Molière with The Cyprus Theatre Organisation in Nicosia/Cyprus.
HAMLET Ophélie's Mad - Scene: Marlis Petersen
Michael Leinert's greatest international achievements as a director are: Don Giovanni, Der Ring des Nibelungen (1997 - 99), Tristan und Isolde, Tannhäuser, Der Fliegende Holländer (Kassel, Aachen, Heidenheim, Ferrara, Parma, Padua, Palm Beach Opera/Florida),Wozzeck,Tosca, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Il tabarro, Gianni Schicchi, Manon Lescaut , Rigoletto, Jenufa, Sibelius' The maiden in the tower and Rachmaninow's Francesca da Rimini (First Premiere in Germany), Pagliacci, Cavalleria rusticana and Ernst Krenek's Orpheus und Eurydike. His stage direction of Jan Cikker's Das Erdbeben in Chile (First Premiere in Germany) got the rating: "Best production of the month" from the Opera Magazine Orpheus International. For his stage direction of Leoncavallo's PAGLIACCI at the Operahouse of Halle he received a nomination in the OPERNWELT Year Book 1994/95 (Critic's inquiry) for his "expresssive Regie".
Nedda: Frauke Nehrig
Leinert produced many theatre plays, such as from Friedrich Schiller,
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Witold Gombrowicz, Jean Racine and Molière among others. Leinert founded the First European Drama Competition ( in
connection with the world's greatest exhibition for Modern Art:
documenta IX in Kassel, 1992), promoted by Sir Peter Ustinov and
Professor August Everding.
Mozart Don Giovanni, Kassel 1997 Nidia Palacios (Zerlina), Sedat Ötztoprak (Don Giovanni), Cyril Assaf (Masetto)
He has written and directed many Radio Plays, several opera libretti and three musical plays for children. His biography of the German Romantic Composer Carl Maria von Weber is published in the fifth edition by the well-known Rowohlt Verlag (Serie Monografien) and has been translated into Swedish and Chinese. Michael Leinert has taught as a Guest Professor of Opera History and Opera Literature and Drama at the Universities of Bremen, Braunschweig, Hamburg and Munich. At Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf he gave lessons in stage direction for the Opera Department. He was one of the directors of the Memphis Opera & Song Academy at the University of Memphis, Tennesse / USA, a summer academy for singers (2007/08 - 2008/09).
Michael Leinert was for many years the Artistic Director of several "Studios for Contemporary Experimental Music Theatre" in Germany, for example in Kiel, where he was also the Director of "Musica nova" (1970 - 1974); later in Braunschweig, Coburg, at the Hamburgische Staatsoper (Opera stabile), at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich (together with Walter Haupt) and in Bremen.
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