Alumnus John Holiday ('07) Makes Carnegie Hall Debut
Countertenor Performs with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Joins Metropolitan Opera roster
Countertenor John Holiday (B.M. voice performance, ’07) made his Carnegie Hall debut on October 27 as a soloist in Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Spano. Critics praised his “expressive” singing (New York Times), “gorgeous tone” (Oberon’s Grove) and “crystalline and pure” voice (Atlanta Music Critic).
Holiday has also joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera to cover the role of Nireno in David McVicar’s new production of Giulio Cesare, directed by Harry Bicket, in April 2013.
Holiday made his company debut with the Portland Opera in Phillip Glass’s Galileo Galilei in the 2011-12 season and will reprise his roles in the same work at the Cincinnati Opera in the summer of 2013. Recent highlights include Handel’s Messiah with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and Purcell’s Come, Ye Sons of Art with the Chorus of Westerly (Rhode Island). Holiday performed in a benefit concert at the Dallas Opera after winning first place in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition; in addition, he was an apprentice artist at Santa Fe Opera, where he covered the role of Corrado in Peter Sellars’ production of Vivaldi’s Griselda and was seen as the Refugee in Flight for the Apprentice Scenes Program. He also performed the role of Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare in at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, and was a soloist with Bourbon Baroque in Louisville.
Other career highlights include an invitation by Pope John Paul II to sing as soloist for High Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in 2002. In addition to the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, he recently won first prize at the Sullivan Foundation competition (2012) and fifth place in the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition (2011). In 2007, Holiday was the first-place winner in his district at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. While an undergraduate at Meadows, where he studied with Barbara Hill-Moore, Holiday was a first-place winner of the TEXOMA region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing for three years in a row (2004-06). He also excels in jazz music, having opened for Grammy Award winner Jason Mraz in concert. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music.