The founder of the Chamber Opera

The Chamber Opera of Memphis  

Grusswort von

Mauricio Kagel
1931 - 2008


A new Chamber Opera after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:

COSI FAN TUTTE or: Who killed Don Alfonso?

Libretto:  Michael Leinert  & Susan Owen-Leinert
Language: English / German.  Duration: 45 min.
Time: today. Scene: Florida

After a few years the two married couples Fiordiligi - Guglielmo  and  Ferrando - Dorabella meet again:
at Don Alfonso’s funeral in West Palm Beach, Florida.
A detective (David Caruso) investigates the sudden death of the retired  Philosopher Don Alfonso.
Back at the Beach Hotel after the funeral Fiordiligi and Dorabella make a shocking discovery:  
Guglielmo and Ferrando are lovers.  Both women are upset, desperate and madly furious.
Revenge? Divorce? There will be a hell of a row!
Then tears, arising hope and finally a surprising confession…
At the end of the day new constellations have to be noticed:  
a double wedding takes place with two happy couples:  
Ferrando - Guglielmo  and Fiordiligi – Dorabella.
There is only one question left: who killed Don Alfonso?
Will Caruso arrest Despina and charge her with murder?
The curtain falls … and many questions remain open.


 World Premiere
Thursday, October 21, 2010 7:30 p.m.
Harris Concert Hall   The University of Memphis,TN

Production: Michael Leinert
John David Peterson, conductor & pianist

Silent Partners

Chamber opera by John David Peterson

 Video Clip Silent Partners 

They have a significant effect on opera plots:
Feldmarschall (Der Rosenkavalier), Agamemnon (Elektra),
Marchesa Attavanti (Tosca),
Bianca Germont (La Traviata), Buoso Donati
(Gianni Schicchi),
Herzeleide (Parsifal), The Pope (Tannhaeuser), and others,
but they never appeared on stage
until now:


 Season 2009/2010

The forgotten Master : Louis Spohr (1784-1859)
Chamber Music, Lieder, Oratorio, Aria
October 22, 2009
Harris Concert Hall   The University of Memphis, TN
aculty members and students of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music

Psalm 23 Op.85 No.2 
Gott ist mein Herr
The University singers, soloists. Lawrence Edwards, conductor.

Lenena Brezna: Oskar! Umsonst! WoO 75
Scene for soprano (Recitativo & aria)


 SEASON  2008 / 09

 Bent Lorentzen: Pergolesi's Home Service  

 A contemporary  "La serva padrona"   ***  USA Première 

Premiere:  October 16, 2008   7:30 pm

 Harris Concert Hall    The University of Memphis, TN   

Great success for Susan Owen-Leinert as THEATER DIRECTOR Umberto Pergolesi.
The audience enjoyed this contemporary version of LA SERVA PADRONA very much
and were enthusiastic about the terrific new production of
The Chamber Opera of Memphis.


Pergolesi Photos


 Season  2007 / 08

Video Clip THE MEDIUM with Susan Owen-Leinert


 An amazing opening night ! 

    Sir Peter Maxwell Davies  The Medium

Production:  Michael Leinert
October 19, 2007 Harris Concert Hall    The University of Memphis, TN

Great success for our performances in Germany:
The production of the Chamber Opera of Memphis
was heartily applauded. Ovations for Susan Owen-Leinert.

Pictures: The Medium
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    Former studio productions
by Michael Leinert


 The goal of 
 The Chamber Opera of Memphis
 creating and establishing a forum for contemporary chamber operas and plays
  in our region,  including  the experimental  Music - Theater.  

In memoriam Mauricio Kagel

The founder:
Michael Leinert
Susan Owen-Leinert
PO Box 11508
Memphis, TN 38111

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