Richard Margison is one of the most sought-after dramatic tenors in the world. He has handled challenging operatic roles such as Manrico in Il Trovatore, Radames in Aida and Calaf in Turandot. Margison is renowned for the unflagging power and sheer brillance of his voice.
Margison originally thought that he would become a guitarist and singer-songwriter. It was only after vocal studies in Victoria with Selena James and later with Leopold Simoneau, that Margison’s true calling became evident. He has sung regularly at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and major international opera houses in Chicago, San Francisco, London, Vienna, Brussels, and many more.
Margison was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, but has made Toronto his home since 1989. He is married to the violist and former Metropolitan Opera stage director, Valerie Kuinka. Since 2007, Richard and Valerie have been co-directors of the Highlands Opera Studio, which takes place every August in Haliburton, Ontario.
On this edition of This Is My Music, Margison takes us through the music he loves.
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