Mr. John Holiday is the world leading counter-tenor. Some of you might be saying what is a counter-tenor. Don’t worry, or be ashamed. This rare voice type is sung by a male voice but sound like a mezzo soprano tone. It rare and is used in very Baroque period pieces. With this said Holiday is blazing the trail to re-imagine the limitations on this voice type.
John has been singing since the age of 2. All due to his upbringing. Being raise by his grandmother who was the church musician. He first fell in love with classical music when he auditioned and was accepted into the Fourth Bend Boys choir of Texas. He shared a story of his grandmother taking him to his grade school teach Mrs. Arnold to learn the words to “My Country tis of thee” the audition piece for the boys’ choir. Holiday shared with me how he would have to be there as early at 7:00am to make the sacrifice of learning this song.
While with the choir he was able to travel, the world singing classical pieces with the choir. His most exciting opportunity with the choir was the catalyst and reason he wanted to become an opera singer. The choir was performing with the talented Denyce Graves, a world-renowned opera singer. This piece needed two boys from the choir to sing a small solo part with Denyce. Without any trepidation, Holiday audition and got the chance to sing with Ms. Graves. During a break in rehearsal Holiday asked to get a tour of Ms. Graves dressing room. Cause he wanted to see her dresses. She obliged him and gave him a tour showing him her beautiful gowns. This made Holiday’s day! He was so amazed by the glamour of being an opera singer he knew this was the career for him.
Holiday has studied voice all over the country but completing his studies at the Julliard school of music with Marlena Malas, where he continues to coach and train. I asked what advice would you give a young artist. He stated “Stay focused!” He recounted a saying his grandmother would state; “Nothing beats a failure but a try” He share to perform as much as you can. To the tough times, cause the will come, take a moment and say thank you for them. For they will make you appreciate the good times. Be thankful for the no’s and the yes’ for they are all a part of the journey.
John Holiday, one of Broadway World’s “New York Opera 2015 Gifts that Keep on Giving” and recent nominee for “Newcomer of the Year” by the German magazine Opernwelt. Holiday has performed roles such as Caesar in the U.S. Premiere of Catone in Utica by Antonio Vivaldi during the 2015 Glimmerglass Festival. He was most recently awarded the Marian Anderson award 2017
Holiday recently completed appearances in the role of “first male voice” in Paradise Interrupted at the Singapore International Arts Festival 2016 and the Lincoln Center Festival 2016. If you get the chance to hear this amazing voice don’t miss out, a true pleasure!