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 Boheme. 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 & Gretel with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the title role in Wallace’s Maritana with the RTE 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 debut as Musetta in La Boheme at ENO under the direction of the renowned Opera director Jonathon Miller. July 2011 Mairead made her debut in the title role Tosca for Grange Park Festival Opera at Nevill Holt, The Grange and Cadogan Hall London.
Concert engagements have included 2nd Niece in Peter Grimes for English National Opera as part of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Mahler Symphony No. 8 and Symphony No. 4 with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Ravel Shéhérazade with the RTE Concert Orchestra, Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915 for the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. Verdi Requiem NCH Dublin. Handel's Messiah with the Orchestra of St Cecilia, Beethoven 9th Symphony with the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Barbican Hall, London and her debut 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,Bantry Chamber Music Festival and at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. She has also appeared in recitals with the Aix en Provence Academy Festival, The Metropolitan Club, New York, the House of Lords, London and at Leighton House London. In 2013/2014 engagements included Mahler Symphony No 2 at the NCH Dublin with the RIAM Symphony Orchestra, Concerts with the RTE Concert Orchestra, Recitals in Malaga, Spain, Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte and Micaela in Carmen for Opera Theatre Company. She also toured Ireland playing the role of Maria Callas in the popular show Casta Diva. Mairead sang popular operatic arias on O’Connell Street, Dublin as part of ‘The Road to the Rising’ celebrations.
Mairead performed the Soprano Role in a new show ‘The Puccini Scandal’ with performances at the NCH, Dublin, The Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire. She was the Soloist for the Annual Gala Concert of The Irish Defence Force Band at the NCH, Dublin. She has performed many lunchtime concerts with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and the RTE Concert Orchestra at the NCH Dublin. Mairead had a European concert tour beginning in Vienna with internationally renowned American pianist Deirdre Brenner with a premier of Irish songs written by the highly acclaimed composer Ailbhe McDonagh. She made her Wexford Festival Opera debut Autumn 2019, singing the role of Fatima in C V Stanford's opera "The Veiled Prophet", She also made her debut as "Nedda" in Pagliacci at the Cork Opera house as part of the new Opera Concert Series 2020. Mairead was also part of a very exciting collaboration with the Irish Modern Dance Company in a new innovative creation/show "DIVINE MADNESS" at the Project Arts Theatre where she played the lead Soprano Role that the show is created around.
More recently Mairead was part of the innovative "20 Shots of Opera" for Irish National Opera and also sung the role of Die Aufseherin in Strauss' Elektra at the Kilkenny Arts Festival with Irish National Opera. She premiered the title soprano role in an innovative opera through dance "The Wanderer" music composed by Tom Lane and directed by John Scott- Irish Modern Dance Theatre.