‘A complex Tosca not to be messed with’….RIAM graduate triumphs at Grange Park Opera

September 272011

RIAM BA in Performance graduate, Mairead Buicke, stole the show in Grange Park’s production of Puccini’s ‘Tosca’.

Classicalsource.com described Mairead’s Tosca as ‘a compelling, vulnerable, larger-than-life diva. She was firing on all cylinders in her Act Two confrontation with Scarpia, and the way she prepared us for an eloquent, puzzled, tragic ‘Vissi d’arte’ was masterly. Her voice has drama and bite, she moved easily in the Italian fascist 1940s’ setting, and her sang-froid in the Act Three description of Scarpia’s death was chillingly impressive. With her strong looks and imperious bearing, Buicke gave us a potentially complex Tosca not to be messed with’.
 Brava, Mairead!