Northern Irish baritone, Ben McAteer trained at the National Opera Studio in London and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Before embarking on a musical career he studied chemistry at the University of St Andrews. He was runner-up at the 2012 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, won NI Opera’s inaugural Festival of Voice and was also a finalist at the 2014 International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition.
He made his Welsh National Opera debut last season as Falke in Die Fledermaus and Goryanchikov in Janáček’s From the House of the Dead. While in residence at Scottish Opera, he created the role of James in Stuart McRae’s The Devil Inside, and his appearance in the North American premiere of the work won him Outstanding Performance in an Opera at the My Theatre Awards in Toronto. With Scottish Opera he also sang the title role in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and toured as Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Pish-Tush in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado.
Other recent engagements include Figaro with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra in China, Norman Hay’s The Wind Among the Reeds with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra as part of the Composing the Island festival, and a recording of Sullivan’s The Light of the World with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
He made his English National Opera debut in February as the Earl of Mountararat in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe. And he makes his Irish National Opera debut as Count Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in April.