Martin Thomas Buckingham has been described as ‘Electric’ in performance. His portrayal
of Rodolfo prompted one reviewer to remark, that he “radiates charm and charisma as his
beautiful tenor voice enchants the audience with Puccini’s romance.”
Martin has performed across Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe and China.
Martin began his studies as an actor and on the Music Theatre stage. He graduated from the
Australian Institute of Music on full scholarship with a Bachelor of Music Theatre with 1st
class honours. He later attended Charles Sturt University on a Commonwealth Scholarship
obtaining a Masters in Visual and Performing Arts. After a short time at the Sydney
Conservatorium Opera Studio, Martin, in 2008, began his work with Opera Australia. In his
initial 4 years with the company, Martin appeared in over 40 productions, covering and
performing some 13 assorted roles.
In 2015 Martin performed with the company in the role of Pinkerton in Opera Australia’s
Melbourne Season of Madama Butterfly as well as covering major roles in La Boheme,
Faust, Turandot and La Traviata. He also featured in their Great Opera Hits concert
series. In October, Martin appeared as Cavaradossi in Tosca at the Sydney Independent
Operatic Roles performed with Opera Australia: Alfredo/La Traviata, Rodolfo/La
Boheme, Pinkerton/ Madama Butterfly, Spoletta/Tosca, Dance Master/Manon
Lescaut, Foreman/ Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Gastone/ La Traviata and First
Operatic Roles performed with other companies: Cavaradossi/Tosca; Almaviva/Il
barbiere di Siviglia, Ferrando/Cosi fan tutte, Cecco/ Il mondo della luna,
Donald/Gallantry, Mozart/Mozart and Salieri, Prince Philip/A Dinner Engagement,
Lechmere/Owen Wingrave and the title role in Candide.
Roles Covered: Title role/Faust, Edgardo / Lucia di Lammermoor, Valzacchi / Der
Rosenkavalier, Nick / La fanciulla del West, Peppe/Pagliacci and Zimmer Kellner
Oratorio repertoire includes: Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, Mendelssohn’s Elijah,
Dvořák’s The Spectre’s Bride; Voices of Light; World Youth Day, Mass for the Common
People & Beethoven’s Missa solemnis.
Martin has appeared in the Edinburgh, Melbourne and Sydney Festivals, toured
Queensland, The Northern Territory and Western Australia, performed as soloist with the
Beijing, Sydney, Melbourne, Strathfield, Penrith and Willoughby Symphony Orchestras;
Orchestra Victoria, Sydney Youth Orchestra, Newcastle Festival Opera, Australian Youth
Opera, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and The Australian Tenors.