Northern Irish baritone, Ben McAteer trained at the National Opera Studio in London and on the Guildhall School of Music & Drama opera course. Before embarking on a musical career he studied Chemistry at the University of St Andrews. Ben was runner-up at the 2012 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and is a former winner of Les Azuriales’ Opera prize, the Guildhall School’s English song prize and Northern Ireland Opera’s inaugural Festival of Voice. He was a finalist at the 2014 International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition. He is grateful to be the recipient of a Richard Angas Memorial Award.
Recent and future operatic highlights include Marcello La Bohème for Lyric Opera Ireland, a concert performance of Die Tote Stadt as Frank/Fritz with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the Earl of Mountararat in Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe at English National Opera, Count Almaviva in Irish National Opera's production of Le Nozze di Figaro and Pangloss & Voltaire in Leonard Bernstein's Candide for West Green Opera and the Xi'an Symphony Orchestra.
While in residence at Scottish Opera, Ben created the role of James in the world première of The Devil Inside, for which he won Outstanding Performance in an Opera at the My Theatre Awards in Toronto. He also sang the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro and toured as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and Pish-Tush in The Mikado.
Other notable roles include Marullo Rigoletto for Northern Ireland Opera, Falke Die Fledermaus and Goryanchikov From the House of the Dead for Welsh National Opera, Papageno The Magic Flute for Northern Ireland Opera, Sharpless Madama Butterfly at Opera Holland Park, Peter Hansel & Gretel with Clonter Opera, Des Grieux Le Portrait de Manon, Remigio La Navarraise, and Mr Webb in the European première of Ned Rorem's Our Town.
His extensive concert repertoire includes Handel Messiah and Samson, Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Bach St John Passion, Christmas Oratorio and Mass in B Minor, Elgar The Apostles, Mealor Crucifixus, Adams The Wound-Dresser, Stravinsky Pulcinella and Requiem masses by Brahms‚ Duruflé‚ Fauré and Mozart. Other concert performances include the world première of Turnage’s At Sixes & Sevens with the LSO, Carmina Burana at the Barbican, and performances of Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Copland's Old American Songs with the Ulster Orchestra.
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