Father-daughter duo close out concert season

Staff ~ The Southwest Booster
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Richard Margison said he’s had many highlights in his career, but the one thing he’s most grateful for is being able to perform with his family.

The internationally renowned Canadian tenor and his daughter Lauren were in Swift Current on Friday for the final performance in the 2013-2014 Stars for Saskatchewan concert series.

Margison told the audience he was very fortunate and proud to have the opportunity to perform with his daughter.  The duo sang a combination of notable operatic pieces as well as popular hits.

The first half featured an entirely solo selection with both singers taking turns showing off their vocal prowess.  The pieces were selected almost entirely from German and Italian opera’s such as Turandot and Gianni Schicchi.

Later, in the second half, the father and daughter combination sang some more familiar songs including a couple of duets.  Canadian classics like Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now shared the stage with more sentimental fair, like the duet Somewhere Out There, from the children’s movie Fival Goes West.

The pair where accompanied by French-Canadian pianist Jeremy Pelletier, who also performed a solo piece by Frédéric Chopin entitled Nocturne in C minot, Opus 48, Number 1.

Richard has performed extensively on the international stage, singing in some of the most prestigious opera houses in the world.  Included on the list are the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House in London, and La Scala in Milan.

Lauren has been singing since the age of seven when she debuted with the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus.  While her singing credentials do include plenty of opera, the 21 year old also performs jazz and pop music in Canada and around the world.

Organizations: Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Canadian Children Opera Chorus

Geographic location: Swift Current, New York, London Milan Canada

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