"Outstanding among a consistently fine ensemble [is] Ben McAteer as Dostoyevsky's representative, the resilient aristocrat, Goryanchikov"
"As Tolloller and Mountararat, Ben Johnson and Ben McAteer were irresistible – their vowels decliciously Victorian-aristocrat, their acting only just over the top…"
"Ben McAteer presents an intriguing figure, smoothly-sung, decisive yet distracted, a reading of the role that is disarmingly naturalistic."
Goldenplec Music News
In the 2022/2023 season, Northern Irish baritone Ben McAteer’s highlights include Pangloss Candide with the Hamburger Symphoniker, Baskir Lalla Roukh for Wexford Festival Opera, and a return to Irish National Opera in his role debut as Malatesta in Don Pasquale.
Last season, Ben sang the roles of Officer Two & Blazes in Peter Maxwell-Davies’ The Lighthouse for Irish National Opera, Grand Inquisitor The Gondoliers for Scottish Opera in both Scotland and London, and performed Brahms Requiem with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. He also featured on a disc of undiscovered songs by Irish composer Ina Boyle with Iain Burnside, released on Delphian Records in August 2021.
Other operatic roles to date include Falke Die Fledermaus and Goryanchikov From the House of the Dead for Welsh National Opera; Schaunard La Bohème, Count Almaviva Le Nozze di Figaro, Father Hansel & Gretel for Irish National Opera; Eisenstein Die Fledermaus, Papageno The Magic Flute, and Marullo Rigoletto for Northern Ireland Opera; Pangloss & Voltaire Candide for West Green Opera and with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra; Calchas La Belle Helène for Blackheath Opera; Sharpless Madama Butterfly at Opera Holland Park; and Mr Webb in the European premiere of Ned Rorem’s Our Town at GSMD. He also performed Frank-Fritz in a concert performance of Die Tote Stadt with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Astrologer/Abbot The Burning Fiery Furnace at Southrepps Music Festival.
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Don Pasquale (Malatesta), Irish National Opera
[Masterson] and Danby are ideally complemented – both vocally and in dramatic energy and comic timing – by baritone Ben McAteer as Pasquale’s friend Malatesta (the plastic surgeon)
Michael Dungan, The Irish Times
Ben McAteer as a Malatesta sounding more handsome of voice than the pre-show caution of his ailing state suggested: just perfect, in fact.
David Nice, The Arts Desk****
Ben McAteer summons gravitas as Dr Malatesta
Katy Hayes, Irish Independent
Lalla Roukh (Baskir)
Wexford National Opera (October 2022)
The Irish baritone balanced buffo
banter – the patter ever clear – with vocal finesse, in a strongly characterised performance.
Claire Seymour, Opera Today
Ben McAteer, from Northern Ireland and making his Wexford debut, was Baskir, who has never seen the king (essential to plot plausibility so he can spend the opera ignorantly frustrating his boss). He is a dupe made sympathetic by a fine voice… His sparring with Mirza was entertaining, vocally and histrionically… This season is labelled “Magic and Music” and what casting Wexford can often conjure up.
Roy Westbrook, Bachtrack****
Ben McAteer’s natural charisma and histrionic know-how meant his Baskir almost stole the show
Hugh Canning, Opera Magazine
…baritone Ben McAteer capering in the chief comic role of court official Baskir
George Hall, The Stage*****
Ben McAteer as Baskir is responsible for the funny moments. He has a hard time keeping the princess away from the poet and scores with a wonderful buffo-baritone. In interaction with O'Sullivan, McAteer also convinces with humorous play when he succumbs to the maid's attempts to flirt and thus allows himself to be distracted so that Lalla-Roukh can meet her Nourreddin again. Another highlight is the duet with Nourreddin in the second act, in which he tries to trick the king without realizing that he is talking to the king himself. When he subsequently fears for his life because Nourreddin and Lalla-Roukh have tricked him, he expresses this in a brilliant couplet, in which he is literally thrown across the stage by the dancers in the shopping cart like on a ship in a storm.
Thomas Molke, Online Musik Magazin
Utopia Ltd (King Paramount), National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company
The singing was splendid, too. McAteer …who’d sounded positively Wagnerian as he announced his resolve to turn his kingdom into a limited liability company at the end of Act One, was an imposing and intensely sympathetic figure
Richard Bratby, The Arts Desk****
The usual G&S material was all present, nonsense and wit balanced with lyrical tunes and compelling ensembles. The cast captured it all with enthusiasm, with hats in the first act differentiating the suited men. Ben McAteer was suavely confident as King Paramount
David Smythe, Bachtrack****
Ben McAteer’s portrayal of a rather ineffectual king who turns into an effective one is finely played – in the trio where he eavesdrops on the plotting of Phantis and Scaphio, he conveys decided glee.
Catriona Graham, The Opera Critic
The Gondoliers / Utopia Ltd (Grand Inquisitor / King Paramount), Scottish Opera
Hackney Empire (April 2022)
Ben McAteer makes a fine King Paramount, well-meaning, dithering and longing to be free of his two pushy advisers
Tim Ashley, The Guardian****
Ben McAteer was King Paramount, a tall, genial presence with a sunny baritone, and together with Charlie Drummond as the Girton-educated Princess Zara he set the musical tone at a consistently high level
Richard Bratby, The Spectator
Maxwell-Davies The Lighthouse, Irish National Opera
The singing of the three roles by Gavan Ring, Ben McAteer and John Molloy was superb.
Noel Megahey, Opera Journal
The Gondoliers / Utopia Ltd (Grand Inquisitor / King Paramount), Scottish Opera
Ben McAteer upped his artistic profile with a deliciously camp portrayal of the Grand Inquisitor – a mature, stage-filling impersonation that kept within the bounds of taste.
Andrew Clark, Opera Magazine
Ben McAteer’s Grand Inquisitor, a delicious picture of pomposity, gives an outstanding comic performance.
Mark Brown, The National (Scotland)
Outstanding were Ben McAteer’s charmingly easygoing King Paramount…
Ken Walton, The Scotsman****
Though the production maintains a light-heartedness, an ounce of villainy can be sniffed out by Ben McAteer’s Grand Inquisitor, a booming and delicious role. And though not necessarily the most diabolical of Gilbert & Sullivan’s rogues, McAteer devours the scenes, capitalising on every opportunity with his bass-baritone and imposing vocals.
Dominic Corr, The Reviews Hub - Scotland
Ben McAteer was suavely confident as King Paramount
David Smythe, Bachtrack
La bohème (Schaunard), Irish National Opera
Ben McAteer was an excellent Schaunard...
Ben McAteer and John Molloy also acquitted themselves well in their respective roles – there were no weak links in the cast.
Robert Beattie, Sean and Heard International
Recording: 3 English operettas (Sullivan, Ford and Cellier)
BBC Concert Orchestra / Dutton Vocalion (2020)
Ben McAteer’s urbane strikes a better balance” [Haddon Hall] / “…the title roles provide Ben McAteer with well-taken comedy chances.” [Mr Jericho and Captain Billy]
Die Fledermaus (Eisenstein), Northern Ireland Opera
Ben McAteer was a game Eisenstein…
Robert Thicknesse, Opera Now
Ben McAteer found ample humour in Eisenstein's self-inflicted quandary...
Michael Quinn, Opera Magazine
La belle Hélène (Calchas)
Blackheath Halls Opera (July 2019)
Ben McAteer gave an object lesson in comic opera as Calchas.
Yehuda Shapiro, Opera Magazine
The Rape of Lucretia (Tarquinius)
|Gilbert & Sullivan||
HMS Pinafore (Captain Corcoran)
Boulevard Solitude (Lescaut)*
Hansel & Gretel (Peter)
From the House of the Dead (Goryanchikov)
Die Tote Stadt (Frank/Fritz)
The Devil Inside (James)
La Navarraise (Remigio)
Così fan tutte (Guglielmo)
La Bohème (Marcello)
Dido & Aeneas (Aeneas)
Our Town (Mr Webb)
Die Fledermaus (Falke)
Eugene Onegin (title role)*
Oratorio / Masses Repertoire
Symphony No. 9 – “Choral"
A German Requiem
The Apostles (Jesus)
The Dream of Gerontius
The Kingdom (St Peter)
The Golden Legend
Magnificat in G
Orchestral Song / Other Repertoire
The Wound Dresser
Old American Songs
Let Us Garlands Bring
The Wind Among the Reeds
Mass in G
Songs of the Fleet
At Sixes & Sevens
Fantasia on Christmas Carols
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