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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. Most recently, he directed The Gondoliers with the Ridgewood Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company.

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, and The Center Cannot Hold with Pacific Opera Project.

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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