Tenor Brendan Buckley is a passionate educator, with over fifteen years of experience teaching both adults and children. Brendan is currently Visiting Lecturer of Voice at Plymouth State University, is a faculty member of the New England Conservatory’s School of Continuing Education, and is the former Massachusetts District Governor 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. Students of Mr. Buckley are NATS competition winners and have gone on to active performing and teaching careers. Former students have also continued studies at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, King’s College London, and Molloy/CAP21 Theatre Arts Conservatory, among others.
A skilled and sought-after performer, Brendan recently made his Boston Symphony Hall debut as Giuseppe in Verdi’s La Traviata with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. Brendan also made his Seiji Ozawa Hall debut in 2019 performing Schubert’s Mass in G with the Berkshire Lyric Chorus. Brendan played George Gibbs in Monadnock Music’s production of Ned Rorem’s Our Town, the premiere recording of which was recently released on New World Records. Brendan can also 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.
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 and The Immigrant Experience, cantatas composed by John Kramer for the Winchester Unitarian Society.
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