Northern Irish baritone, Ben McAteer is an alumnus of 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.
Recent and future operatic highlights include Frank/Fritz in Korngold’s Die tote Stadt with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Eisenstein in Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus for Northern Ireland Opera, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Count Almaviva in Irish National Opera’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Marcello in Puccini’s La bohème for Lyric Opera Productions and Calchas in Offenbach’s La belle Hélène for Blackheath Opera. While in residence at Scottish Opera, he created the role of James in Stuart McRae’s The Devil Inside, for which he won Outstanding Performance in an Opera at the My Theatre Awards in Toronto.
Other notable roles include the title role in Le nozze di Figaro with Scottish Opera, Marullo in Verdi’s Rigoletto and Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute for Northern Ireland Opera, Falke in Die Fledermaus and Goryanchikov in Janáček’s From the House of the Dead for Welsh National Opera, Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at Opera Holland Park and Mr Webb in the European premiere of Ned Rorem's Our Town.
He is an avid performer of the works of Gilbert & Sullivan and received critical acclaim as the Earl of Mountararat in English National Opera’s Iolanthe and as Pish-Tush in The Mikado for Scottish Opera. He looks forward to returning to these companies next season as The Grand Inquisitor in The Gondoliers, King Paramount in Utopia, Limited and Pish-Tush in The Mikado.