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Ben McAteer

Northern Irish baritone Ben McAteer’s current highlights include Marchese La Traviata at Irish National Opera, Pangloss 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 previously performed the role in the work’s Chinese premiere with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra and Dane Lam.

Ben also recently revived his acclaimed Mountararat Iolanthe for ENO in 2023. A natural performer of Gilbert & Sullivan, he appeared as Grand Inquisitor The Gondoliers and King Paramount Utopia Limited for Scottish Opera and for the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival.

Recent concert work includes Haydn’s Creation with the Ulster Orchestra and Daniele Rustioni, Brahms’ German Requiem with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, and a return to Hamburg for Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri.

Versatile in character and with a remarkable vocal range, he has sung both Figaro (Scottish Opera) and Count Almaviva (Irish National Opera) Le nozze di Figaro, Falke (Welsh National Opera) and Eisenstein (Northern Ireland Opera) Die Fledermaus, Pish-Tush (Scottish Opera) and Pooh-Bah (Lyric Opera Ireland) The Mikado, as well as Frank-Fritz Die tote Stadt (RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra), Goryanchikov From the House of the Dead (WNO), Sharpless Madama Butterfly (Opera Holland Park), Father Hänsel und Gretel (INO), Papageno Magic Flute (NI Opera), and Guglielmo Così fan tutte (Scottish Opera).

He features on a disc of undiscovered songs by Irish composer Ina Boyle with Iain Burnside, released on Delphian Records in August 2021, and 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.