Opera News calls Director Jeffrey Buchman “a formidable talent.” Constantly pushing the limits of the performing arts, Mr. Buchman’s versatility leads him to a variety of venues to explore some of opera’s classics while also constantly premiering new works. His innovation puts him at the forefront of a new era in directing.
This season Mr. Buchman will direct the world premiere of Tesla by composer Carson Kievman in Miami, he will create new productions of Madama Butterfly and Le nozze di Figaro for Opera Naples, L’elisir d’amore for the Brancaleoni International Music Festival, As One (Laura Kaminsky) with Hawaii Opera Theatre, 27 (Ricky Ian Gordon) for Michigan Opera Theatre, he will return to the Academy of Vocal Arts for La traviata and will direct Massenet’s Cendrillon for the Frost School of Music at University of Miami.
Recent engagements include Carmen at Atlanta Opera; Rigoletto, Eugene Onegin, and Die Zauberflöte for Florida Grand Opera; new productions of Die Zauberflöte and Don Giovanni for the Academy of Vocal Arts; a third return to Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music leading a production of Carmen, after having led productions of La bohème and La traviata previously; new productions of Die Zauberflöte, Faust, Turandot, Don Pasquale, and Il trovatore for Opera Naples; Il barbiere di Siviglia for Baltimore Opera; and Tosca with Opera Tampa. Previous engagements also include La tragédie de Carmen and Il barbiere di Siviglia for Syracuse Opera; Turandot and Manon Lescaut for Mobile Opera; a double-bill of Gianni Schicchi/Suor Angelica, Roméo et Juliette and La fille du régiment at Intermountain Opera Bozeman; Così fan tutte and Die Zauberflöte at Brevard Music Center; South Pacific for Anchorage Opera; Hänsel und Gretel for Sarasota Opera; Cold Sassy Tree for the Sugar Creek Music Festival; L’elisir d’amore for Toledo Opera; Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Orlando Philharmonic; and La Cenerentola at Green Mountain Opera Festival. Following his success directing the première of Madama Butterfly for the National Theater in Managua, Mr. Buchman returned to direct a critically acclaimed production of La bohème.
An innovative director, Mr. Buchman spends time working on new and groundbreaking material for the contemporary opera world. Some of these endeavors include his title as Artistic Director of a dynamic multimedia project entitled “Live Arts” at Grand Rapids Symphony, Andy Vores’ chamber opera No Exit based on the 1944 existentialist play with the same title at Florida Grand Opera, and a contemporary multimedia theatre project entitled Fairy Tales: Songs of the Dandelion Woman at Little Stage Theater in Miami Beach.
Mr. Buchman has a long history of fostering the artistic growth of young artists throughout the country. He has directed at many young artist programs and universities throughout the U.S., including Viva la mamma (Donizetti) for Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program, a double-bill of Gianni Schicchi/Suor Angelica, Stravinsky’s Mavra and Ainadamar by Osvaldo Golijov at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, Don Giovanni at UCLA, and L’elisir d’amore and La traviata for the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. He was Resident Stage Director for Sarasota Opera’s Apprentice Artist Program. 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, The Bartered Bride 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 de Música con especialidad en voz el 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.