Tenor Brendan P. Buckley is a skilled and sought-after performer. Brendan can be heard in Cape Ann Opera’s recording of Robert J. Bradshaw’s new steampunk opera Deus Ex Machina, which recently received three Global Music Awards. Buckley has recently played George Gibbs in Monadnock Music’s production of Ned Rorem’s Our Town and Howard Boucher in the New England premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. Brendan has also played the title role in Boston Opera Collaborative’s production of Orpheus in the Underworld as well as covering the title role in Opera Boston’s production of Béatrice et Bénédict.
Other notable performances include Fenton in Falstaff and Laurie in Little Women with BOC and Tamino in The Magic Flute with MetroWest Opera. Past performances include Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, Remendado in Carmen and Monostatos in The Magic Flute with BOC, First Tenor in The Seven Deadly Sins with the Five College Opera Project and Alfred in Die Fledermaus with Opera del West. Concert performances include engagements with the Amherst College Orchestra, Nashua Symphony, Greater New Bedford Choral Society, Choral Art Society of the South Shore, and MIT Symphony Orchestra.
A versatile actor and musician, Brendan is at home in both classical and contemporary works. He most recently premiered the role of Nurse in Hannah Lash’s Beowulf with Guerilla Opera. Other premieres include Dr. Singleton in Rudolf Rojan’s We Are Sons with Guerilla Opera, John in RE: with Juventas! and OperaHub, and Monsieur de Kock in System of Soothing by composer Frank Pesci. Brendan also premiered Music for the Journey, a cantata composed by John Kramer for the Winchester Unitarian Society.
Buckley is a passionate educator, with ten years of experience teaching both adults and children. Brendan is currently a visiting lecturer of voice at Plymouth State University, and is a Resident Teaching Artist with Boston Lyric Opera. Outside of Plymouth State, Brendan maintains active studios in the Boston area and serves on the Board of the Boston chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He also has appeared on the radio waves as a guest judge for the WERS All A Capella Live! competition. Former students have continued studies at Penn State, Northeastern University, Salem State University, Florida Southern College, and CAP21.Brendan received a Master’s degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from The Pennsylvania State University. He received his Bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Music at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst, with further study at the Scuola Italia in Urbania, Italy. Brendan studies with Elisabeth Phinney.