JEFFREY BUCHMANIn May, 2014 Jeffrey Marc Buchman will be directing the world premiere full production of Carson Kievman's Fairy Tales (Songs of the White Woman) at SoBe Arts. During the 2013-2014 season, he also created new productions for Indiana University, Syracuse Opera, UCLA, Orlando Philharmonic and Florida Grand Opera, and in the 2014-2015 season, highlights will include La cenerentola for Green Mountain Opera Festival, Die Fledermaus for Sugar Creek Symphony & Song, La boheme for Indiana University and Il barbiere di Siviglia for Baltimore Lyric Opera. The South Florida Classical Review has stated "Director Jeffrey Marc Buchman has mastered an art beyond the powers of many directors" and Opera News has called him "a formidable talent."

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.  Last 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.  In the 2011-2012 season, he directed Rigoletto for Florida Grand Opera, Turandot for Mobile Opera,  La Bohéme for Indiana University and created a new production of Faust for Opera Naples, which critics claimed "has set a new standard for the company".    

In 2010, Mr. Buchman joined 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.  That same season, he  directed South Pacific for Anchorage Opera.  During the 2009-2010 season, he directed Il Trovatore for Opera Naples, Hansel & Gretel for Sarasota Opera, The Bartered Bride for the New World School of the Arts and L'Elisir d'Amore for Toledo Opera.

Mr. Buchman's work with young singers has been extensive.   In addition to his upcoming new productions with Indiana University, UCLA and Florida Grand Opera's Young Artist program, he recently directed La Boheme for Indiana University, and has created productions for the young artist programs of the Seattle Opera and Tulsa Opera.  He has served as Resident Stage Director for Sarasota Opera's apprentice artist program and has directed opera scenes for Chautauqua Opera's apprentice artists.  For six years, he served as stage director for the opera department of the New World School of the Arts, where he created new productions of The Magic Flute, Hansel & Gretel, Amelia Goes to the Ball, La Divina, Die Fledermaus and Cosí fan Tutte.

Mr. Buchman 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.


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