|Classical Musicians Pay Tribute To German Poet
For release: Oct. 12, 2006
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The University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music will present dramatic soprano Susan Owen-Leinert in recital on Saturday, November 18 at 7:30 PM in Harris Concert Hall. Ms. Owen-Leinert, who built a successful international singing career in the opera houses of Germany, will perform “A Tribute to Heinrich Heine: An Evening of Poetry and Song.” Also performing will be Dirk Wedmann, piano; and Michael Johnson, Jenny Lynd Robinson, and Michael Leinert in poetry readings.
German poet Heinrich Heine has been called “the first modern intellectual” by making an art of commenting on the modern urban experience. He is best known for his lyric poetry, much of which was set to music by lieder composers, most notably, Robert Schumann.
Susan Owen-Leinert is professor of voice at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. After winning the Metropolitan Opera International Auditions and the Opera America Award, she set her sights on Germany, where she found sang such roles as Santuzza, Leonora, Amelia, Tosca, Brünnhilde, Isolde, and Elektra, among others. She 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.
The recital is free and open to the public. To reserve tickets, please call 901.678.5400.
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