Video Published: 24 May 2021

John Holiday in Conversation

Countertenor John Holiday reflects on his path to becoming a leading countertenor of his generation and discusses his most exciting upcoming appearances.

About John Holiday

Countertenor John Holiday has established himself as “one of the finest countertenors of his generation” (Los Angeles Times). His voice has been praised as “a thing of astonishing beauty” (New Yorker) and “arrestingly powerful, secure and dramatically high” (Wall Street Journal). In 2021, Holiday will make his anticipated Metropolitan Opera debut in Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice as Orpheus’ Double and is slated to make his role debut as Cherubino in Le Nozze Di Figaro at The Dallas Opera. His career highlights have included a tour with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the Sorceress in Barrie Kosky’s production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice at Los Angeles Opera; the world premiere of Daniel Roumain’s We Shall Not Be Moved with Opera Philadelphia and the Dutch National Opera; the title role in Xerxes at The Glimmerglass Festival; and Caesar in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto at Wolf Trap Opera. An acclaimed concert singer, Holiday has performed at world-renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, London’s Barbican Center, and the Philharmonie de Paris. Outside of classical repertoire, Holiday excels in jazz and gospel music, and he has opened for Grammy award winner Jason Mraz in concert. Holiday has been the recipient of numerous major honors, including the 2017 Marian Anderson Vocal Award, the 2014 Sara Tucker Award from the Richard Tucker Foundation, and first prize at the 2013 Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition.

This event is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.