Mairead Hurley

MMus (Performance) BMus HDipEd LRIAM

Head of Vocal, Opera and Drama Studies

Mairead studied piano under Rhona Marshall at the RIAM and music at UCD, graduating from there with a BMus. Further studies include the repetiteur’s course at the London National Opera Studio and a First Class Honours MMus degree (performance) at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Mairead was Head of Music at Opera Ireland from 1998 to 2010 and prior to that was their assistant chorus mistress. As part of a DIT/Opera Ireland liason, Mairead was music director for Mozart’s Da Ponte Triolgy presented in the Gaiety Theatre from 2001-2004 and again in 2006 with Dieter Kaegi, Director. With a repertoire of some sixty operas to date she has also worked for Wexford Festival Opera, Opera Theatre Company, Opera Northern Ireland and Lyric Opera. Her work with RTE includes the RTE Proms, RTE Naxos recording of Aida, miscellaneous recitals and regular work with both the NSO and the RTE Concert Orchestras.
Mairead performs regularly in recital at the NCH, John Field Room, Wexford Festival, Boyle Festival and many more. 2012 saw her make her debut at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in London.

She has also officiated at many music festivals and Masterclasses throughout the country. Opera Ireland’s annual series of Vocal Masterclasses of 2001 culminated in a vocal recital in University College of Limerick Concert Hall which saw Mairead partner the international baritone, Sherill Milnes. She also officiated for Gerhard Markson’s very successful series of conducting classes in conjunction with the NSO and Dublin Masterclasses.