Northern Irish baritone Ben McAteer studied at the National Opera Studio and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Before embarking on his musical career he completed his studies at the University of St Andrews‚ receiving a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry. Ben was runner-up at the 2012 Kathleen Ferrier Awards‚ Finalist in the 2014 Belvedere Competition and is a former winner of Opera les Azuriale’s Ozone prize‚ the Guildhall School’s English song prize and Northern Ireland Opera’s inaugural Festival of Voice.
Current and future plans include Guglielmo Così fan tutte and Pish Tush The Mikado (Scottish Opera)‚ The Devil Inside (Scottish Opera and Music Theatre Wales) and title role The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Project‚ West Green House).
Further operatic roles include: Sharpless Madama Butterfly (Opera Holland Park)‚ Il Conte Almaviva Le Nozze di Figaro‚ Le Chevalier des Grieux Le Portrait de Manon‚ Remigio La Navarraise‚ Mr Webb Our Town (GSMD)‚ Father Hansel & Gretel (Clonter Opera); Captain Corcoran HMS Pinafore (Lyric Opera Ireland); Tarquinius The Rape of Lucretia‚ and Aeneas Dido & Aeneas (St Andrews Opera).
His extensive concert repertoire includes Handel Messiah and Samson‚ Bach St John Passion‚ Christmas Oratorio and Mass in B Minor‚ Mozart Mass in C Minor‚ Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and Requiem masses by Brahms‚ Duruflé‚ Fauré and Mozart. Other performances include appearances with the LSO and Ulster Orchestra‚ the world première of Turnage’s At Sixes & Sevens by Turnage‚ Carmina Burana at the Barbican‚ and concerts with Sir Thomas Allen and Dame Kiri te Kanawa. He has performed in Wigmore Hall‚ Royal Festival Hall‚ Queen Elizabeth Hall‚ Ulster Hall‚ The Sage and Windsor Castle.
A Samling Artist‚ Ben’s studies were supported by Welsh National Opera‚ an Eileen Goddard Scholarship from the Amar-Franses & Foster-Jenkins Trust‚ a Sybil Tutton Award administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the continued generosity of Serena Fenwick.