Ben McAteer | Baritone

Baritone

Ben McAteer

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Biography

Northern Irish baritone Ben McAteer’s current highlights include Pangloss in Bernstein’s Candide with Marin Alsop in a new production by Lydia Steier at Theater an der Wien, and with the Hamburger Symphoniker and Martin Yates. He made his Wexford Festival Opera debut in 2022 as Baskir in David’s Lalla Roukh, and will return to Wexford later this year. Previously, for Irish National Opera, Ben has played Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Officer Two & Blazes in Maxwell-Davies’ The Lighthouse, Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Father in Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel and Schaunard in their concert performance of Puccini’s La Bohème. Other operatic highlights include Falke and Eisenstein in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, and Frank-Fritz in Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt with the NSO. A natural performer of the works of Gilbert & Sullivan, he recently appeared as Mountararat in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe at English National Opera, and at Scottish Opera as The Grand Inquisitor in The Gondoliers and King Paramount in Utopia Limited.

Recent concert work includes Haydn’s Creation with the Ulster Orchestra and Brahm’s German Requiem with the NSO. Ben joins the RSNO for performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana in Glasgow and Edinburgh this autumn. Ben has recorded the role of Jesus in Arthur Sullivan’s oratorio The Light of the World and Rupert Vernon in his operetta Haddon Hall, both with the BBC Concert Orchestra. In 2023 he featured on a new disc of orchestral music by Peter Warlock, Maltworms & Milkmaids.

March 2024

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