Richard Margison made his Seattle Opera debut in 2003 as Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio and returned to Seattle Opera in 2004 to sing Dick Johnson in Puccini’s Faniculla del West. 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, Paris Opéra, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Australia, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and San Francisco Opera. His roles at the Met include Pollione in Bellini’s Norma, Faust in Boito’s Mefistofele, Radames in Verdi’s Aida, Calaf in Puccini’s Turandot, and Bacchus in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. Other roles for Margison include Don José in Bizet’s Carmen, Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, Rodolfo in Puccini’s Bohème, the title role in Britten’s Peter Grimes, and many Verdi roles, including Riccardo (Gustavus) in Un Ballo in Maschera and Manrico in Il trovatore. In 2008, he will sing Florestan at Vancouver Opera and O’Brien in Lorin Maazel’s 1984 at La Scala. He returns to Seattle as Aegisth in Elektra.