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Richard Margison, Tenor




Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 8pm
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Performance also available at Toronto's Koerner Hall on December 10, 2013: Click here


"Few are the tenors who can walk easily in Luciano Pavarotti's footsteps in this aria ["Nessun dorma"]. Toronto's Richard Margison happens to be one of them."
Toronto Star

"Richard Margison...gave the audience exactly what they wanted - ringing top notes and lots of excitement."
Opera Now

"The evenness of his singing is a glory in itself. He is legato personified, and legato with an authentic thrill to the sound." Evening Standard

Nessun dorma! Spectacular Canadian tenor Richard Margison joins Maestro Marco Parisotto and the Ontario Philharmonic in a feast of all-time favourite Italian songs and arias! Hailed for his ringing top notes and spine-tingling power, tenor Richard Margison is one of the most critically acclaimed singers on the international stage today. He performs regularly in many of the world's leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.


Giuseppe VERDI
La Forza del Destino Overture
Eduardo di CAPUA
Maria, mari
Ernesto de CURTIS
Torna a Surriento
Dance of the Hours - Act III, scene 2 from La Gioconda
Francesco CILEA
L'ARLESIANA - Act II, E la solita storia del pastore
Gioacchino ROSSINI
La Danza
TOSCA - Act I, Introduction
Cavaradossi: Recondita armonia
Eduardo di CAPUA
O sole mio
(1797 - 1848)
Don Pasquale Overture
PAGLIACCI - Recitar… Vesti la giubba
Capriccio Italien op.45 - orchestral
TURANDOT - Nessun dorma

Richard Margison, Tenor

Richard Margison, Tenor

Artist website: www.richardmargison.com

Canadian tenor Richard Margison is acknowledged as one of the most acclaimed tenors of our day and has won international acclaim in the most prestigious theaters in the world including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Vienna State Opera, Opera National Bastille, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Hamburg State Opera, Netherlands Opera, San Francisco Opera, Theatre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Royal Opera Covent Garden and the Australian Opera. His repertoire includes most of the great Italian spinto tenor roles such as Manrico in Il trovatore, Radames in Aida, Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera, Calaf in Turandot and Canio in I pagliacci as well as Don José in Carmen, Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos and Florestan in Fidelio. In the spring of 2005 Margison made his first foray into contemporary opera when he appeared in the premiere of Lorin Maazel’s first opera, 1984, at the Royal Opera in London. He made his La Scala debut in the same work in 2008.

During the 2011/2012 season, Margison will appear at Edmonton Opera in both I Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana. He will then perform a concert with The Victoria Symphony Society to perform Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. In the spring, he will return to Opera Lyra Ottawa in Tosca and then will appear in concert with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Richard Margison began the 2010/2011 season as Calaf for Opera Ottawa, which was followed by Manrico in Il Trovatore for Opera de Quebec. Mr. Margison then appeared as Cavaradossi in Tosca for Manitoba Opera. In February of 2011, he returned to The Palau de les Artes in Valencia for a production of Lorin Maazel’s 1984. He then appeared at the Canadian Opera Company as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos.

Among his engagements during the 2009/2010 season, Richard Margison made his debut in Oviedo as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos before returning to the Metropolitan Opera as Radames in Aida. He returned to Vancouver Opera for Norma followed by Calaf in Turandot at the Guangzhou Opera House in Beijing, China.

During the 2008/2009 season Richard Margison was heard as Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera at the Hamburg State Opera. He also sang his first performances of Aegisth in Elektra at the Seattle Opera and then made his NY Philharmonic debut in performances of the work under Lorin Maazel. Margison returned to the Canadian Opera Company as Florestan in Fidelio and was also heard in Calgary as Bacchus and in Winnipeg as Manrico. Other recent engagements have included his debut at the Zurich Opera in Fidelio under Marc Minkowski, Bacchus for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera, Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos and Canio in I Pagliacci at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera and Pollione in Norma in Hamburg. He has also appeared as Radames with the Cincinnati Opera and in concerts with the Canadian Opera Company.

Richard Margison began his career in the lyric tenor repertoire with appearances with the leading opera companies in Canada including the Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, Calgary Opera, National Arts Centre Ottawa, L'Opera de Montreal, Edmonton Opera and Manitoba Opera. It was his triumphant European debut with the English National Opera in 1989 singing his first performances as Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera which brought him to international attention and critical acclaim which compared his first London appearances with those of fellow Canadian Jon Vickers in the same role thirty years before. His American stage debut followed in 1990 in the title role of Gounod's Faust with the Houston Opera. He rapidly went on to establish himself internationally as a spinto tenor of rare power and quality.

Margison made his Royal Opera Covent Garden debut in 1992 as Cavaradossi in Tosca, bowed at the Theatre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels as Don Jose in a new production of Carmen in the fall of 1993 and at the Flemish Opera and at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in Un ballo in maschera, in Amsterdam and Berlin as Cavaradossi, in Hamburg as Manrico. The role of Don José in Carmen served to introduce him to the Vienna State Opera, Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona and for his German stage debut in Stuttgart. Richard Margison made his San Francisco Opera debut in the fall of 1992 in the title role of Verdi's Don Carlos. In the 1994-1995 season Richard Margison debuted at the Metropolitan Opera as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Norma in 1997. He has been a regular guest to all theaters every subsequent season.

Margison has been heard at the Metropolitan Opera in roles such as Don Jose, Radames in Aida, Manrico in Il trovatore, Calaf in Turandot, Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, Don Carlos, and as Faust in Mefistofele. In 2001 he starred as Pollione in the Metropolitan's first new production of Bellini's Norma in over thirty years. His assignments in both San Francisco and Chicago have included many of these roles as well as Cavaradossi and Gustavo. He has often sung with the San Diego Opera, Dallas Opera, Seattle Opera and enjoyed a close relationship with the Australian Opera. Highlights of his European appearances have included his first Bacchus and first Canio, both with La Monnaie in Brussels where has also appeared as Riccardo and Jose, a new production of Il Tabarro for the Hamburg State Opera, Tosca and Aida in Amsterdam, Norma in Seville. He made his debut with Opera National de Paris as Calaf in 2002.

In the 2003-2004 season Margison appeared at Covent Garden as Bacchus and as Pollione for the Washington Opera and at the International Festival in Santander. He also sang Calaf for the Canadian Opera Company and returned to the Seattle Opera as Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West. Engagements during the 2004-2005 season included Radames in Chicago, Don Carlos at the Metropolitan and Calaf at the Liceo in Barcelona. In the fall of 2005 Margison returned to the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona to sing his first stage performances of Enzo Grimaldo in La Gioconda. He subsequently appeared at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera and returned to the Metropolitan Opera for Fidelio. Margison was also heard as Radames for L’Opera de Montreal and in Un Ballo in Maschera with Cincinnati Opera.

Richard Margison also appears frequently as soloist with orchestras and has appeared with London’s Royal Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, Montreal Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and at the Ravinia Festival. He has recorded the title role in Don Carlos under Bernard Haitink for Phillips and has recorded several aria albums. In May 2002, Mr. Margison was recognized with an Honorary Fellowship by The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada for making substantial contributions to the Arts.