Before coming to international attention as one of Canada's most critically acclaimed opera singers, Richard Margison performed more than a dozen roles with the Vancouver Island Opera Society and Pacific Opera Victoria. He was Jenik in The Bartered Bride (1978), Fenton (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Almaviva (The Barber of Seville), Yamadori (Madama Butterfly), Belmonte (The Abduction from the Seraglio), Gaston (La traviata), Alfred (Die Fledermaus), Nemorino (The Elixir of Love), King Kaspar (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Remendado (Carmen), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Lenski (Eugene Onegin), and Riccardo (A Masked Ball).
An Officer of the Order of Canada, the recipient of three honorary doctorates (McMaster University, University of Victoria, and University of British Columbia), three life¬time achievement awards (Giulio Gari Foundation, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Opera Canada Ruby Award), and the Royal Conservatory of Music's highest honour, the Honorary Fellowship, Richard has performed regularly as a principal artist in all of the world's leading opera houses at home and abroad, including the Metropolitan Opera (fifteen consecutive years, and 176 performances as a principal artist), La Scala, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vienna Staatsoper, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Australia (Sydney Opera House), Teatro Real (Madrid), the Liceu (Barcelona), La Monnaie (Brussels), De Nederlandse Opera (Amsterdam), L'Opéra de Paris/L'Opéra Bastille, Guangzhou Opera, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Opera de Québec, Vancouver Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Calgary Opera, Manitoba Opera, Edmonton Opera, and the Canadian Opera Company, where he most recently performed the role of Herod in Salome.
In recent years Richard has been devoting more time to his passion for teaching, helping the next generation of artists within his industry, and giving back to the community at large. He is currently a Guest Professor/Professeur Invité at L'Université de Montréal and a regular voice teacher at L'Atelier Lyrique de L'Opéra de Montré. He is sought after across Canada and internationally as a master class and private professor of voice, and, although still performing professionally, continues to offer his services for a variety of charitable organizations. He is co-director of Margison Kuinka Opera Studio and Artistic Director of Highlands Opera Studio, with his wife Valerie Kuinka as General Director.