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John Holiday, countertenor

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Countertenor John Holiday has quickly established himself as a fast-rising singer to watch and “one of the finest countertenors of his generation” (Los Angeles Times). His voice has been praised as “a thing of astonishing beauty” (New Yorker), “arrestingly powerful, secure and dramatically high” (Wall StreetJournal), “exceptional [and] strong...even in its highest range” (The New York Times) and “timeless”(Washington Post)

Past career highlights include singing John Blue in the world premiere of Daniel Roumain’s We Shall Not Be Moved with Opera Philadelphia and which also forged his European debut with the Dutch National Opera; his recital debut at The Kennedy Center; a 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; and performing the role of the Refugee in Jonathan Dove's Flight at Des Moines Metro Opera to critical acclaim. Holiday has also performed the title role in Xerxes at the Glimmerglass Festival; debuted with Boston Baroque in the role of Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto; debuted at the Spoleto Festival 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; Wolf Trap Opera as Caesar in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto; as well as engagements with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony. 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.

More information can be found on Holiday's website. https://www.johnholidaylive.com/