Mairead Hurley

MMus (Performance) BMus HDip in Ed LRIAM

Mairead Hurley is Head of Vocal and Drama studies at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. She 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 for Opera Ireland from 1998 until the closure the company in Dec 2010, and with a repertoire of some sixty operas to date 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 Orchestra.

Mairead performs regularly in recital throughout the country and abroad, most recently in The Wigmore Hall, London and has also officiated at many music festivals and Masterclasses. Opera Ireland’s annual series of vocal Masterclasses of 2001 culminated in a vocal recital in UCL 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.

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.