Margison made his COC debut as Vitek in the Canadian premiere of Janáček's The Makropulos Case in 1989, returned to sing the Italian tenor in Rosenkavalier in 1990, and took the title role in its 1991 production of La Clemenza di Tito at the Elgin Theatre. In addition he has sung with the Manitoba Opera, Opera in Concert, Opera Lyra, was Ferrando in the NAC 1990 summer production of Così fan tutte, and sang with Opéra de Montréal in Gianni Schicci in 1991. His European debut as Gustavus in Verdi's Masked Ball with the English National Opera in 1990 prompted the reviewer for Opera, to draw comparisons with Jon Vickers' debut in the same role 32 years earlier. Other international appearances have included a performance in the title role of Faust with the Houston Grand Opera in 1990, and in The Pearl Fishers in Santiago, Chile, in 1991.
In addition Margison has performed in concert and in oratorio with the major orchestras in Canada: eg, Messiah with the Calgary Philharmonic, the MSO, the TS, and Symphony Nova Scotia; Das Lied von der Erde with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra; the premiere of Franco Mannino's Mass, and the Creation with the NACO; and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Orchestre métropolitain, Hamilton Philharmonic, and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He also was a soloist in the Beethoven at the 1991 London concert to celebrate Sir Yehudi Menuhin's birthday. Margison is married to the violist Valerie Kuinka.
Author Patricia Wardrop
Bach Gloria in Excelsis Deo, cantata BWV191. Okada soprano, Vancouver Chamber Choir, L'ensemble vocal de Lausanne, Corboz conductor. 1986. CBC SM-5075
Beethoven Symphony No. 9. Brighton Festival Chorus, Royal Phil O, Menuhin conductor. 1990. RPO/Pickwick CD-RPO-7001
Great Romantic Duets of French Opera: Bizet - Offenbach - Gounod - Massenet. Fortin soprano, Quebec SO, Streatfeild conductor. 1987. CBC SM-5072
Keane Lumina. 1988. 4-ACM 37 (CD)
Mercer, Ruby. 'Spotlight,' OpCan, vol 29, Spring 1988
Loppert, Max. 'A Masked Ball,' Opera, vol 41, Jan 1990
Lacey, Liam. 'Tenor's "investment" pays off with "flood of invitations to sing",' Toronto Globe and Mail, 5 Mar 1990
Agrignon Sirois, Maryse. 'Richard Margison,' Aria, vol 13, Summer 1990
Allison, John. 'Richard Margison,' Opera, vol 52, Oct 2001
Links to Other Sites
The website for critically acclaimed Canadian tenor Richard Margison features a biography, performance schedule and audio clips of his music.
Richard Margison, The Folk Singing Opera Star
Watch the trailer for a documentary that profiles the fascinating life of internationally renowned operatic tenor Richard Margison. From YouTube.
Tenor Richard Margison
Watch a video clip of tenor Richard Margison performing at the 2010 Yorkminster Carol Sing. From citytv.com.
Richard and Lauren Margison
Watch a video clip of Richard and Lauren Margison performing a medly of songs. With Christopher Mokrzewski (piano). From YouTube.