Jim Shanahan interviews IU stage director Jeffrey Buchman and Patricia Illera for Through the Gates:
"In this week’s episode, Media School Dean Jim Shanahan interviews Jeffrey Buchman, stage director for the Jacobs School of Music’s upcoming production of “Carmen,” and Jacobs graduate student Patricia Illera, who will perform the opera’s title role.
“Carmen,” one of the most widely performed operas in the world, has a rich history at IU Bloomington dating back to 1956. This season marks the school’s ninth production of the opera.
Buchman has an extensive background in stage direction, including performances of “Don Giovanni,” “Don Pasquale,” and “Carmen” during this year alone. Buchman has a bachelor’s degree in opera from the Boston Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree in voice from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Previously, Buchman directed “La boheme” at IU Bloomington during the Jacobs School of Music’s 2014-2015 season and “La traviata” during the 2013-2014 season.
Illera is a lifelong musician who started her career learning guitar and singing in the Madrid Children’s Choir. Her academic interest in music didn’t begin until after she’d pursued a bachelor’s degree in medicine from the Autonomous University of Madrid. She then earned a bachelor’s degree in voice performance from The Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid.
Shanahan, Buchman, and Illera will discuss the enduring popularity of “Carmen” worldwide, as well as the challenges it presents to both a stage director and performer. Shanahan will also ask Buchman and Illera about their unique personal experiences and how these will impact their respective roles in the opera.
Tickets for the Jacobs School of Music’s production of “Carmen” are on sale now."