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Hi, I’m Brendan

Director. singer. teacher.

Brendan Hartnett is an accomplished educator, director, and singer. Before moving to the Jersey Shore, Brendan directed up and down the coast of California with companies including Opera Parallele and the Pacific Opera Project. As an educator, he has been a Lecturer in Music at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and has taught undergraduate acting and directing at UCLA.

Some favorite projects Brendan has led include The Tragedy of Carmen and Down in the Valley with Opera UCLA, The Araboolies of Liberty Street and Xochitl and the Flowers with Opera Parallele’s ‘Family Opera’ program, The Center Cannot Hold with Pacific Opera Project, and Don Giovanni with The Cascadia Chamber Opera.

Since moving to New Jersey, Brendan has been fortunate to make many new colleagues in and outside of New York. He has become regular director in North Jersey at the venerable Ridgewood Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company where he has directed three shows, most recently Pirates of Penzance. Brendan has also been fortunate to start an experimental opera company in New York with new colleagues, Off Brand Opera, where he was proud to lead a bold interpretation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Find out more at

When he’s not directing, Brendan is passionate about educating the next generation of singers and performers. He owns a community music school, Midgarden Music, in Asbury Park, NJ where he teaches voice lessons, directs student productions, and coaches young actors.

Brendan holds an MFA in Theater from UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television, and a Bachelor’s of Music from UC Santa Cruz.


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