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, Buchman directed Ainadamar for Indiana University, Le nozze di Figaro for University of Miami’s Frost Opera Theatre, Don Giovanni for the Academy of Vocal Arts, and Tosca for Florida Grand Opera. This season, he directs Street Scene, Act 2 of La bohème, and the world premiere of Mamah Borthwick in the Bardo for University of Miami’s Frost Opera Theatre, Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Academy of Vocal Arts, and Pagliacci for Florida Grand Opera.
A favorite with Florida Grand Opera, he has directed their productions of A Streetcar Named Desire, Agrippina, La bohème, Die Zauberflöte, Rigoletto and Eugene Onegin; as well as with Opera Naples, for which he has directed La bohème, Carmen, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro, Madama Butterfly, Faust,Turandot, Don Pasquale, and Il trovatore. Recent productions have also included Il trovatore for Toledo Opera, Carmen for Opera Carolina, Toledo Opera, and Atlanta Opera; As One for Hawaii Opera Theater; Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek’s 27 for Michigan Opera Theatre; and the world premiere of TESLA for the SoBe Arts Festival. In the current season, Buchman directs Ainadamar at Indiana University, Le nozze di Figaro for the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami (for which he is the resident Stage Director), Tosca at Florida Grand Opera, and Don Giovanni at the Academy of Vocal Arts. [read more...]
"...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
Cosí fan tutte – “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.”