Canadian tenor Richard Margison returns to the COC as Tenor/Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos after last appearing as Florestan in Fidelio. Other roles with the COC include Calaf in Turandot and Manrico in Il Trovatore. Mr. Margison has appeared throughout North America, Europe and Australia in Un ballo in maschera, Turandot, Aida, Ariadne auf Naxos, Fidelio, Il Trovatore, La Gioconda, Don Carlo, Norma and 1984. This season he reprises the role of O’Brien in 1984 in València, Spain and celebrates his Canadian roots in Turandot with Opera Lyra Ottawa, Il Trovatore with Opéra de Québec, Tosca with Manitoba Opera, and on a recital tour of British Columbia. Mr. Margison’s discography comprises an all-Verdi recording on CBC Records, Fidelio (Chandos), Lanza (Warner Music), Don Carlo (Philips) and Mazeppa (Deutsche Grammophon). DVDs include Ariadne auf Naxos (Virgin Classics), Tosca and 1984 (Decca), La Gioconda (TDK), and The Folk Singing Opera Star (Harbinger Films). An Officer of the Order of Canada (2001), he also holds Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Giulio Gari and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundations. He and his wife Valerie Kuinka direct the Highlands Opera Studio.