Countertenor JOHN HOLIDAY, winner of the 2017 Marian Anderson Vocal Award, one of Broadway World’s “New York Opera 2015 Gifts that Keep on Giving” and nominee for “Newcomer of the Year” by the German magazine Opernwelt, has quickly established himself as a fast-rising singer to watch. His voice has been praised as “arrestingly powerful, secure and dramatically high” by the Wall Street Journal and “exceptional [and] strong...even in its highest range” by The New York Times.
2017-18 is Holiday’s most exciting season yet, beginning with his Opera Philadelphia house debut singing the role of John Blue in a world premiere of Daniel Roumain’s We Shall Not Be Moved, a production directed by the award-winning Bill T. Jones that will premiere in Philadelphia before going to New York City’s Apollo Theater and London’s Hackney Empire. Holiday will then tour with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil, singing Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms in Los Angeles, New York’s Lincoln Center, London’s Barbican and the Philharmonie de Paris. Additional performance runs include the title role of Orfeo ed Euridice at Florida Grand Opera and Jonathon Dove's Flight at Des Moines Metro Opera. As the winner of the 2017 Marian Anderson Award, Holiday will give a recital at the Kennedy Center in February 2018, and he will also continue his beloved “Holiday Experience” show in his home state of Texas with two shows in December.
This all comes on the heels of a busy 2016-17 season, which closed with an acclaimed return to the Glimmerglass Festival singing the title role in Xerxes, and included a debut with Boston Baroque in the role of Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto, as well as engagements in Saint Paul, Minnesota with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Chorus of Westerly in Rhode Island, the Nashville Symphony, and programs with Ars Lyrica and Mercury Baroque in Houston, Texas.
Past highlights have included Holiday’s 2015 Spoleto Festival debut in the world premiere of Paradise Interrupted, his 2014 debuts with Los Angeles Opera as the Sorceress in Barrie Kosky’s acclaimed production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and with Wolf Trap Opera as Caesar in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto. Holiday joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in 2013 to cover the role of Nireno in David McVicar's acclaimed production of Giulio Cesare in Egitto, and his operatic stage debut was with Portland Opera in Galileo Galilei.
In addition to the Marian Anderson Award, numerous other major competitions and award programs have recognized Holiday’s accomplishments. He is a 2014 recipient of the Catherine Filene Shouse Career Development Grant from the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and is also a recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, first prize from the Richard Tucker Foundation Sara Tucker award, and third place winner of OPERALIA. He was awarded first place at both the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition for 2013 and the Sullivan Foundation for 2012. Holiday also received a first place win at the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. In 2007, he was the first place winner in his district of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Alongside his classical repertoire, Holiday excels in jazz and gospel music having opened for Grammy award winner Jason Mraz in concert. Holiday recently released his debut jazz album entitled The Holiday Guide.
He received a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music and the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies from The Juilliard School in New York City. Holiday grew up in Rosenberg, Texas, located near Houston, and attended the town’s public schools.