On November 27th, 2015, PAVIA was pleased to host Canadian opera legend Richard Margison for this very special night in support of our sponsorship partner the Halifax YWCA.  Set within the intimate Paul O'Regan Hall in the Halifax Central Library, PAVIA's Christopher Webb sat down with Margison and took the wonderful audience through a musical journey. 

Over two and a half hours, Richard, while accompanied by Diana Torbert, sang a beautiful and challenging program which included: Caro Mio Ben, My Love is like a Red Red Rose, An Eriskay Love Lilt, Der Kuss, Soupir, Vesti la Guibba, Nessun Dorma and, as an encore, You'll Never Walk Alone. And in-between these memorable performances, Richard engaged the audience with some of his musical life highlights which included a memorable debut at the Metroplitan Opera in New York! 

Close to $8,000 was raised thanks to ticket sales and generous donations. We would like to especially thank: Richard Margison, Diana Torbert (accompanist), Star of the Sea Bed & Breakfast, The Summit Day Spa, Foreign Affair, Meadowbrook Meat Market, Paul Radford, QC of Cody Filiter, Rousseau Chocolatiers, GFS Atlantic, Konrads, RBC, Russell Foods, The Tea Brewery, David Strong Accounting and Nova Coffee.

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Hailed for his ringing top notes and spine-tingling power, Canadian tenor Richard Margison is known for having been one of the most critically acclaimed singers on the international stage. He has performed in many of the world's leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, the Canadian Opera Company, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the San Francisco Opera, the Théâtre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Sydney Opera and the Grand Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona. Margison was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2001 and lives in Toronto, Canada. 

Margison as Florestan in Fidelio at the Metropolitan Opera: 

“His penetrating tenor rang reliably through the house. I have never heard him sing so expressively or with such beauty of tone as he did in “In der LebensFrühlingstagen.”   -  Opera News

About our Relationship with the Halifax YWCA:

At PAVIA we feel so fortunate to have such wonderful locations in Halifax.  Part of our commitment to our community is to leverage our opportunity to raise money for people in the community who need help. Specifically, we have committed to maintain our strong relationship with the Halifax YWCA. Our goal is to raise $24,000 annually (at a minimum) which, over the time of our leases in Halifax amounts to at least well over $400,000.