"Ben McAteer made light work of Pangloss’ witty numbers": Theater an der Wien's Candide reviews

14 February 2024

Ben McAteer has greatly entertained audiences at Theater an der Wien in his debut at the house for their new production of Candide, conducted by Marin Alsop and directed by Lydia Steier:

Ben McAteer as Dr. Pangloss is equipped with tangled hair à la Einstein. He sings it robustly and confidently.

Dr. Helmut Christian Mayer, Opera Online

Ben McAteer made light work of Pangloss’ witty numbers

Mark Pullinger, Opera Now****

Ben McAteer as Dr Pangloss gave a wonderful parody of the philosopher Voltaire

Gerhard Persché, Opera Magazine

Ben McAteer entertainingly presents the parody of a cute, quirky German provincial scholar.

Frieder Reininghaus, Neue Muzik Zeitung

The cast delivered exceptional performances… [a further standout] was Ben McAteer, dual cast as Dr Pangloss and Martin.

Chanda VanderHart, Bachtrack*****

…the concerned scholar Dr. Pangloss (Ben McAteer, funny and with tangled cliche hair à la Albert Einstein)

Ljubiša Tošić, Der Standard

Ben McAteer is a sonorous Dr. Pangloss with a fine sense of humor

Regine Müller, Die Deutsche Buhne

Northern Irish baritone Ben McAteer gave a sonorous and funny Dr. Pangloss

Harald Lacina, Online Merker

You can read more about the production here, and It's available to listen to on demand on Austrian radio here.

Photo credit: Werner Kmetitsch

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