Tenor Richard Margison makes his Seattle Opera debut as Florestan in the 2003 production of Beethoven’s Fidelio. This native of Victoria, B.C., has sung frequently with some of the most prestigious opera companies in North America and Europe, including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra de Paris, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Canadian Opera Company, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and San Francisco Opera. His roles at the Met include Pollione in Bellini’s Norma, Faust in Boito’s Mefistofele, and, this season, Radamès in Verdi’s Aida, Calaf in Puccini’s Turandot, and Bacchus in R. Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. A frequent guest at Opera Australia, he returns there this summer for his debut in the title role of Verdi’s Otello. Other roles for Margison include Don José in Bizet’s Carmen and many Verdi roles, including Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera and Manrico in Il Trovatore, which he will sing this summer at San Francisco Opera. Next season, Margison adds two roles to his repertoire: the Kaioser in R. Strauss’s Frau Ohne Schatten at the Met and the title role of Britten’s Peter Grimes at Théâtre Royale de la Monnaie. In 2004, at Seattle Opera, he will sing Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West.