Ben McAteer

Baritone

"Outstanding among a consistently fine ensemble [is] Ben McAteer as Dostoyevsky's representative, the resilient aristocrat, Goryanchikov"

Financial Times

"As Tolloller and Mountararat, Ben Johnson and Ben McAteer were irresistible – their vowels decliciously Victorian-aristocrat, their acting only just over the top…"

Opera Magazine

"Ben McAteer presents an intriguing figure, smoothly-sung, decisive yet distracted, a reading of the role that is disarmingly naturalistic."

Goldenplec Music News

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Northern Irish baritone, Ben McAteer trained at the National Opera Studio in London, as an Emerging Artist for Scottish Opera, and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Before embarking on a musical career, he studied Chemistry at the University of St Andrews.

Operatic highlights to date include Falke Die Fledermaus for Welsh National Opera; Count Le Nozze di Figaro and Father Hansel & Gretel for Irish National Opera; Papageno The Magic Flute for Northern Ireland Opera; Dr Pangloss/Voltaire Candide with the Xi'an Symphony Orchestra; and Frank-Fritz Die Tote Stadt with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Ben McAteer is also a natural performer of Gilbert and Sullivan and has performed Pish-Tush The Mikado for Scottish Opera, and Earl of Mountararat Iolanthe for English National Opera.

In the 2021/2022 season, highlights include 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 Brahms Requiem with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. He also features on a disc of undiscovered songs by Irish composer Ina Boyle with Iain Burnside, released on Delphian Records in August 2021.

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The Gondoliers / Utopia Ltd (Grand Inquisitor / King Paramount), Scottish Opera

(November 2021)

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

La bohème (Schaunard), Irish National Opera

(March 2021)

Ben McAteer was an excellent Schaunard...

Opera Magazine

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]

Opera Magazine

​Die Fledermaus (Eisenstein), Northern Ireland Opera

(September 2019)

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

Opera Repertoire

Bernstein

Candide (Voltaire/Pangloss/Martin)

Britten

The Rape of Lucretia (Tarquinius)

Gilbert & Sullivan

HMS Pinafore (Captain Corcoran)
Iolanthe (Earl of Mountararat)
Patience (Colonel Calverley/Grosvenor)
The Grand Duke (Ludwig)
The Mikado (Pish-Tush/Pooh-Bah)
The Pirates of Penzance (Major-General Stanley/Pirate King)
Trial by Jury (The Learned Judge)

Henze

Boulevard Solitude (Lescaut)*

Humperdinck

Hansel & Gretel (Peter)

Janáček

From the House of the Dead (Goryanchikov)

Korngold

Die Tote Stadt (Frank/Fritz)

MacRae

The Devil Inside (James)

Massenet

La Navarraise (Remigio)
Le Portrait de Manon (Des Grieux)

Mozart

Così fan tutte (Guglielmo)
Die Zauberflöte (Papageno)
Le Nozze di Figaro (Count Almaviva/title role)

Puccini

La Bohème (Marcello)
Madama Butterfly (Sharpless)

Purcell

Dido & Aeneas (Aeneas)

Rorem

Our Town (Mr Webb)

Strauss

Die Fledermaus (Falke)

Tchaikovsky

Eugene Onegin (title role)*

Verdi

Rigoletto (Marullo)

*role studied/covered

Oratorio / Masses Repertoire

J.S. Bach

Christmas Oratorio
Mass in B Minor
St. John Passion

Beethoven

Symphony No. 9 – “Choral"

Brahms

Requiem

Durufle

A German Requiem

Elgar

The Apostles (Jesus)

The Dream of Gerontius

The Kingdom (St Peter)

Fauré

Requiem

Handel

Dixit Dominus
Messiah
Samson (Manoa/Harapha)

Haydn

Nelson Mass
Missa in tempore belli

Mealor

Crucifixus

Mendelssohn

Elijah

Mozart

Requiem
Mass in C Minor

Orff

Carmina Burana

Stravinsky

Pulcinella

Sullivan

The Golden Legend
The Light of the World (Jesus)
The Prodigal Son

Vivaldi

Magnificat in G

Orchestral Song / Other Repertoire

Adams

The Wound Dresser

Copland

Old American Songs

Delius

Cynara

Finzi

Let Us Garlands Bring

Hay

The Wind Among the Reeds

Schubert

Mass in G

Stanford

Songs of the Fleet

Turnage

At Sixes & Sevens

V. Williams

Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Five Mystical Songs
Songs of Travel

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