Jeffrey Buchman, Director
Opera News calls director Jeffrey Marc Buchman "a formidable talent.”, and the South Florida Classical Review claims "Buchman has mastered an art beyond the powers of many directors". Following enormous success directing the premiere of Madama Butterfly for the National Theater in Managua, Nicaragua, Mr. Buchman returned to create a critically acclaimed production of La Bohéme.
This season, he made a return to Indiana University for La Bohéme, created a new production of Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica for University of Miami, Haydn’s Lo Speziale for the New World School of the Arts, Manon Lescaut for Mobile Opera, Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Syracuse Opera and created a multimedia arena event for the Grand Rapids Symphony that includes over 1500 performers performing with 3-D motions graphics. Later this season, he will create the world-premiere of Carson Kievman’s new opera Intelligent Systems, followed by Cosi Fan Tutte at the Brevard Music Festival and Don Giovanni at the Miami Summer Music Festival.
In the 2013-2014 season, he created new productions of La Traviata for Indiana University, La tragédie de Carmen for Syracuse Opera, Don Giovanni for UCLA, Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Orlando Philharmonic, La Cenerentola for Green Mountain Opera Festival, Le nozze di Figaro for the Miami Summer Music Festival, L'elisir d'amore for Cincinnati Conservatory of Music's Summer Program and No Exit for Florida Grand Opera, which was named “One of the best and brightest of 2014” by the Miami Herald. He also created the world-premiere of Carson Kievman's chamber opera Fairy Tales: Songs of the Dandelion woman, which received rave reviews.
In the 2012-2013 season, he made his debut with Atlanta Opera directing Carmen, made a triumphant return to Florida Grand Opera with a new production of The Magic Flute, and created productions of Romeo et Juliette for Intermountain Opera and Cold Sassy Tree for Sugar Creek Symphony & Song. Other recent highlights include directing an immensely popular Rigoletto for Florida Grand Opera, Turandot for Mobile Opera, La Bohéme for Indiana University, South Pacific for Anchorage Opera, Il Trovatore for Opera Naples, Hansel & Gretel for Sarasota Opera, The Bartered Bride for the New World School of the Arts, L'Elisir d'Amore for Toledo Opera and a new production of Faust for Opera Naples, which critics claimed "has set a new standard for the company".
Jeffrey Marc Buchman regularly teams up with wife and renowned choreographer, Rosa Mercedes. Their collaborations have included acclaimed productions of Il Trovatore, Rigoletto, La Boheme, The Bartered Bride, Cosi fan tutte, The Magic Flute, Hansel & Gretel, Die Fledermaus and the Spanish zarzuela Luisa Fernanda. In the 2013-2014 season, the collaborated on Don Giovanni, La traviata and La Cenerentola, and in the 2012-13 season, they joined forces for Carmen with Atlanta Opera and The Magic Flute with Florida Grand Opera.
Mr. Buchman was on the Seattle Opera directing staff for productions of Tristan und Isolde, Lucia di Lammermoor, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Quichotte, Porgy and Bess, Carmen and The Magic Flute. He also directed their Young Artist production of Donizetti's Viva la Mamma. His work with young singers has been extensive. He has created productions for the young artist programs of the Seattle Opera, Florida Grand Opera and Tulsa Opera, as well as working with apprentices at both Sarasota Opera and Chautauqua Opera. He recently created a new production of Don Giovanni for UCLA and L'elisir d'amore for Cincinnati Conservatory of Music's Summer Program, and for six years he served as stage director for the opera department of the New World School of the Arts.
He began his music studies at the Baltimore School for the Arts and later at the Interlochen Arts Academy. 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 studied German at the Goethe Institut in Prien am Chiemsee, Germany and Spanish at the Instituto Cervantes. 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, and also in the Studio and Apprentice Artist Programs of Central City Opera, where he was awarded their Studio Artist of the Year award. Winner of the prestigious Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, Mr. Buchman began his work in opera as an acclaimed singer noted for his ability to merge acting and singing. 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.