"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
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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La bohème (Schaunard), Irish National Opera
Ben McAteer was an excellent Schaunard...
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
Die tote Stadt (Frank/ Fritz)
RTE National Symphony Orchestra (April 2019)
Ben McAteer contributed a sonorous and sympathetic portrait of Frank, with a particularly fine rendition of the waltz song 'Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen'.
Ian Fox, Opera Magazine
Baritone Ben McAteer really stood out in his different roles as Frank and Fritz. His aria “Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen” was touchingly sung and in his mid- range his voice possessed a noble, romantic tone.
Andrew Larkin, Bachtrack
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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