Countertenor John Holiday, a 2014 winner of Operalia, made his unforgettable LA Opera debut that same year as the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas.
His 2018/19 season includes a featured performance with the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, his role debut as Nero in Agrippina with Ars Lyrica, Handel’s Israel in Egypt with MasterVoices at Carnegie Hall, and his debut with the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor in Handel’s Messiah. His season continues with his debut at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan, singing the role of the First Male Voice in Huang Ruo’s engrossing chamber opera Paradise Interrupted, a role he created at the Spoleto Festival in 2016 for the world premiere. His 2017/18 season began with his Opera Philadelphia debut as John Blue in the world premiere of Daniel Roumain’s We Shall Not Be Moved. The production, directed by the award-winning Bill T. Jones, premiered in Philadelphia before going to New York City’s famed Apollo Theater.
As the winner of the 2017 Marian Anderson Award, Mr. Holiday gave a recital at the Kennedy Center in February 2018, marking his Kennedy Center debut. His season continued with his European debut in We Shall Not Be Moved with the Dutch National Oper ain Amsterdam, and a tour with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic, singing Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms in Los Angeles, New York’s Lincoln Center, London’s Barbican, and the Philharmonie de Paris. He closed out his season performing the role of the Refugee in Jonathan Dove’s Flight at Des Moines Metro Opera. (JohnHolidayLive.com)