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  Baritones: Ben McAteer

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 Azuriales’ Ozone prize‚ the Guildhall School’s English song prize and Northern Ireland Opera’s inaugural Festival of Voice. He is grateful to be the recipient of a Richard Angas Memorial Award

Current and future plans include Count Le Nozze di Figaro (Irish National Opera)‚ Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro (Scottish Opera‚ Xi-An China and West Green House)‚ Falke Die Fledermaus and Goryanchikov From the House of the Dead (Welsh National Opera)‚ Mountararat Iolanthe (English National Opera)‚ Guglielmo Cosi fan Tutte and Pish Tush The Mikado (Scottish Opera)‚ The Devil Inside (Scottish Opera and Music Theatre Wales) for which he won Outstanding Performance in an Opera at the My Theatre Awards in Toronto; Goryanchikov (Brno Janacek Festival); Pangloss Candide and Guglielmo Così fan tutte (West Green House); Jesus Light of the World with the BBC Concert Orchestra and The Wind Among the Reeds with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra.

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 PassionChristmas 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 Scholar‚ 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.

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