Jeffrey Buchman

Jeffrey Buchman

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.

Last season, Mr. Buchman continued his post as Stage Director for the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, directed La Traviata for Opera Naples, as well as three productions for Florida Grand Opera for their winter 2021 season – Three Decembers, New York Stories, and a double bill of Trouble in Tahiti & Signor Deluso.  Future engagements include Il Trovatore for Toledo Opera and a return to Florida Grand Opera for André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire and Handel’s Agrippina.

Calendar

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Oct 8
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Oct 10
Il Trovatore
Director
Toledo Opera
Toledo, Ohio
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Jan 22
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Feb 5
A Streetcar Named Desire
Director
Florida Grand Opera
Miami, Florida
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May 14
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May 19
Agrippina
Director
Florida Grand Opera
Doral, Florida

Artist Bio

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.

Last season, Mr. Buchman continued his post as Stage Director for the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, directed La Traviata for Opera Naples, as well as three productions for Florida Grand Opera for their winter 2021 season – Three Decembers, New York Stories, and a double bill of Trouble in Tahiti & Signor Deluso.  Future engagements include Il Trovatore for Toledo Opera and a return to Florida Grand Opera for André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire and Handel’s Agrippina.

A favorite with Florida Grand Opera, he has directed their productions of La bohème, Die Zauberflöte, Rigoletto and Eugene Onegin and with Opera Naples he has directed productions of La bohème, Carmen, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro, Madama Butterfly, Faust, Turandot, Don Pasquale, and Il trovatore. Recent productions have also included Carmen for Opera Carolina, Toledo Opera, and Atlanta Opera; As One for Hawaii Opera Theater; Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 for Michigan Opera Theatre; and the world premiere of TESLA for the SoBe Arts Festival.

Previous engagements include Il barbiere di Siviglia for Baltimore Opera; Tosca with Opera Tampa; 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 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 in his Nicaraguan début 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.

He has led three productions for Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Carmen, La bohème and La traviata; as well as several for The Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia, including Roméo et Juliette, La Traviata, Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte.  In addition,  for the University of Miami, he has led a double-bill of Gianni Schicchi/Suor Angelica, L’enfant et les Sortileges, Marva, and Ainadamar; The Bartered Bride for the New World School of the Arts; Don Giovanni at UCLA; and L’elisir d’amore for the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music.

Mr. Buchman has a long history of fostering the artistic growth of young artists throughout the country. 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, 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.

Updated August 31, 2021.

Press

"...Buchman is one of the finest and most versatile directors working today..." – South Florida Classical Review

Tesla (Kievman) – “Buchman is one of the finest and most versatile directors working in opera today. His intimate realization of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin for Florida Grand Opera last season and productions for UM Frost Opera Theater (as well as previous Kieyman works) have been consistently inventive and theatrically engrossing. His fluid staging (aided by Rosa Mercedes’ choreography) vividly conveyed the characters and overriding friction between Tesla and Edison.”

"...one of the most beautiful stagings I have ever seen." – Miami Herald Review

Eugene Onegin – “The new staging of Eugene Onegin for Florida Grand Opera is simply spectacular. This is one of FGO's most beautiful and most memorable productions. I have had the privilege to see many stagings of this work, both live and in film, and with great joy I recognize that this is one of the most beautiful stagings I have seen.”

"...[Buchman] moved the action briskly...maximum effect..." – South Florida Classical Review

Three Decembers – "Director Jeffrey Buchman moved the action briskly, playing the confrontational scenes for maximum effect and delineating the principals’ dilemmas with subtle fluidity."

"...Buchman produced an eye-filling specticle..." – South Florida Classical Review

L'Enfant et les Sortileges – "Buchman produced an eye-filling spectacle that was both wildly inventive and deeply moving."

"The billiant staging...left the audience laughing uncontrollably." – El Nuevo Herald

Cosi fan tutte: With Charm and Genious – “Few times, a classic - in every sense of the word - receives a contemporary adaptation so right on the money and - why not say it? - with touches of genius as this staging of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte... The brilliant concept of stage director Jeffrey Buchman... left the audience laughing uncontrollably.”