JEFFREY MARC BUCHMAN
Opera News calls Director Jeffrey Buchman “a formidable talent.” Following his success directing the première of Madama Butterfly in his Nicaraguan début for the National Theater in Managua, Mr. Buchman returned to direct a critically acclaimed production of La bohème. This past season, Buchman directed La tragédie de Carmen for Syracuse Opera, Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Orlando Philharmonic, Don Giovanni at UCLA, Andy Vores’ chamber opera No Exit based on the 1944 existentialist play with the same title at Florida Grand Opera, a contemporary multimedia theatre project entitled Fairy Tales: Songs of the Dandelion Woman at Little Stage Theater in Miami Beach, La Cenerentola at Green Mountain Opera Festival, L’elisir d’amore for the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, and a new production of La traviata for Indiana University.
This season, Buchman returns to Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music leading a production of La bohème, Syracuse Opera for Il barbiere di Siviglia, Mobile Opera for Manon Lescaut,directs a double-bill of Gianni Schicchi/Suor Angelica at Miami University and Intermountain Opera Bozeman, Brevard Music Festival for Cosi fan tutte, New World School of the Arts for Haydn's Lo Speziale, and is serving as Artistic Director of a dynamic multimedia project entitled “Live Arts” at Grand Rapids Symphony.
In the past few seasons alone, he directed Rigoletto and Die Zauberflöte for Florida Grand Opera; Carmen at Atlanta Opera;a new production of Faust and Il trovatore for Opera Naples; Turandot for Mobile Opera; South Pacific for Anchorage Opera; Hänsel und Gretel for Sarasota Opera; The Bartered Bride for the New World School of the Arts; Roméo et Juliette with Intermountain Opera Bozeman; Cold Sassy Tree for the Sugar Creek Music Festival;and L’elisir d’amore for Toledo Opera. In addition, he returned to Seattle Opera to direct their Young Artist production of Viva la Mamma.
Mr. Buchman was Resident Stage Director for Sarasota Opera’s Apprentice Artist Program, where he staged 12 fully costumed scenes for performance on the company’s main stage. His work with Tulsa Opera includes directing productions for their Young Artist Studio such as Pirates of Penzance and Luisa Fernanda. From 2005-2010, Mr. Buchman served as stage director and coach for the Opera Department of the New World School of the Arts in Miami, where he created new productions of Die Zauberflöte, Hänsel und Gretel, Amelia Goes to the Ball, La Divina, Die Fledermaus,and Così fan Tutte.
Mr. Buchman studied German at the Goethe-Institut in Prien am Chiemsee, Germany and Spanish at the Instituto Cervantes in New York. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Opera from the Boston Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree in Voice from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in his native city of Baltimore, Maryland. He trained in the Young Artist Program of the Florida Grand Opera, where he later was honored with the company’s Evelyn P. Gilbert Award. He also trained in the Studio and Apprentice Artist Programs of Central City Opera, where he was awarded their Studio Artist of the Year award. Buchman is a winner of the prestigious Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, Mr. Buchman has garnered equal acclaim for both his singing and his acting. Other prizes include First Prize in the National Voice Competition of the National Society of Arts and Letters and a Richard F. Gold career grant from the Shoshana Foundation.
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