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.
Ben recently made debuts with English National Opera, as the Earl of Mountararat in Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe, and Irish National Opera, as Count Almaviva in performances of Le Nozze di Figaro. In the summer, he returns to West Green House Opera to sing Pangloss/Voltaire in Leonard Bernstein's Candide.
For Scottish Opera, Ben sang the roles of Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte and Pish-Tush in The Mikado. He also 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.
Other notable roles include Goryanchikov From the House of the Dead and Falke Die Fledermaus 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 and Captain Corcoran HMS Pinafore for Lyric Opera Ireland. He played Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro for the Xi'an Symphony Orchestra. While at the Guildhall School, Ben’s roles included Count Almaviva Le Nozze di Figaro, 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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