Kilkenny Castle welcomes two of Ireland’s leading operatic talents – Mairead Buicke (soprano) and Patrick Hyland (tenor) with the acclaimed pianist, Dearbhla Collins – for a very special seasonal concert on Friday 13 December at the magnificent Picture Gallery of Kilkenny Castle. These exceptional artists will present a charming programme of music to usher in the most wonderful time of the year. Audiences can look forward to festive favourites, including O Holy Night and Silent Night, performed alongside a selection of popular opera arias. The period rooms will also be open for viewing of the magical Christmas décor.
Doors open at 7:15pm with Concert beginning at 8pm
Mairéad Buicke, soprano
Mairéad Buicke was born in Limerick and graduated with first class honours BA Performance Degree from the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she studied with Dr. Veronica Dunne, then subsequently at the National Opera Studio in London, where her roles included Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte, Antonia Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Violetta La Traviata and Mimi La Bohème. Mairéad was a semi-finalist and special prize winner of the Belvedere International Singing Competition in Vienna in 2004.
Mairéad sang as a young associate artist with Opera Theatre Company in 2004 and also joined the young artist programme at the Aix en Provence Festival in 2005. Operatic engagements have included Maøenka The Bartered Bride for Mid Wales Opera and concert performances as Mimi in La Bohème and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and the title role in Wallace’s Maritana with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Mairéad was a young singer on the Young Artists Programme at English National Opera from 2007/2010 seasons, and roles there included Pamina and 1st Lady Die Zauberflöte, Sylvianne The Merry Widow, Paquette Candide, Karolka Jenufa 2nd Niece Peter Grimes and in the autumn 2010 she made her first guest début as Musetta in La Bohème at ENO under the direction of the renowned opera director Jonathon Miller . In July 2011, Mairéad made her début in the title role Tosca for Grange Park Festival Opera at Nevill Holt, The Grange and Cadogan Hall, London . Concert engagements have included Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915 and Mahler’s Symphony No 8 and Symphony No 4 with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, as well as Verdi’s Requiem at the National Concert hall, Messiah with the Orchestra of St Cecilia, Beethoven Symphony No 9 with the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Barbican Hall, London, and her début in a series of Viennese Concerts for English Northern Philharmonia. Mairéad is also a keen recitalist and as such has appeared at the Wexford Festival, Music for Galway Festival, the Boyle Arts Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival and at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. She has also appeared in recital with the Aix en Provence Academy Festival, The Metropolitan Club, New York, the House of Lords, London and at Leighton House London.
Most recent engagements include the soprano role in a new show, The Puccini Scandal, her Wexford Festival Opera début singing the role of Fatima in Stanford’s The Veiled Prophet and a collaboration with Irish Modern Dance Company in a new innovative creation/show “DIVINE MADNESS” at the Project Arts Theatre.
Patrick Hyland, tenor
Multiple award-winning Irish tenor, Patrick Hyland is a regular on the concert and operatic stage performing globally in venues such as Glyndebourne Opera House, The Royal Albert Hall, BAM New York, Wexford Opera House, the National Concert Hall and many more. He has performed by invitation for the President of Ireland, the Lord Mayor of Dublin and for the Irish Presidency of the European Union. Having studied in the Royal Irish Academy of Music under Dr Veronica Dunne he has received widespread critical acclaim from leading global opera magazines Opera News Magazine, Opera Today and Opera Magazine with The Irish Independent hailing his debut performance with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra as “exceptional”. As a finalist at the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition 2016 he was awarded the Dermot Troy Prize for the Best Irish Singer. He was also a semi-finalist of the Angelo Loforse Competition 2017 in Milan. He has performed lunchtime concerts with both the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in the National Concert Hall. Operatic roles include Erik Oxenstjerna Cristina,Regina Di Svezia (Wexford Festival Opera), Nemorino L’Elisir d’amore (Wexford Festival Opera),Tamino The Magic Flute (Wexford Festival Opera), Silvio/ Pasquin Le Docteur Miracle, (Wexford Festival Opera), Rombiodal L’ile de Tulipatan (Northern Ireland Opera) El Remendado Carmen (RTÉCO), Jupiter Semele (RIAM), Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi (RIAM), Camille The Merry Widow (Lyric Opera and Cork Opera House) Rodolfo (Cover) La Bohème (OTC). He has been a member of the Glyndebourne Opera Festival Company Chorus (2012 and 2013) and toured with the company to BAM, New York in 2014 for their production of Billy Budd. Oratorio performances include The Dream of Gerontius, The Creation, Stabat Mater and The Messiah. He is a former Opera Theatre Young Associate Artist, a co-founder of Irish Opera Artists and is a board member of the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition.
Dearbhla Collins, piano
Dearbhla Collins is one of Ireland’s finest pianists and a leading vocal coach. She is Assistant Head of Music at the National Opera Studio, London and vocal coach at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin. She is very highly regarded internationally as a song pianist and performs recitals with singers such as Benjamin Appl, Patricia Bardon and Tara Erraught. She also regularly works with Dame Ann Murray and Brigitte Fassbaender.
She has also coached in the Universität für Musik, Vienna, in Zurich and the Beijing Central Conservatory. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Dublin Song Series which puts on song recitals in Dublin at the National Concert Hall and the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.
Dearbhla is the Artistic Administrator of the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition, previous winners of which include Nadine Sierra, Fatma Said and William Thomas.
In October 2017 she was awarded an honorary doctorate for her services to music in Ireland from the National University of Ireland.