BLACK OPERA LIVE is a weekly live interview program featuring candid conversations and in-depth discussion with Black opera stars of today, legends of the stage, emerging artists, composers, conductors and many more! In our first episode, we revisit a conversation between host Kenneth Overton and international performer John Holiday, professional countertenor and finalist on season 19 of NBC's The Voice. He has performed throughout the United States touring with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and around the world.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/blackopera/support
John describes his incredible journey from growing up in a small town near Houston to becoming a sought-after international opera singer soon to be making his Metropolitan Opera debut. He offers many uplifting life lessons along the way, including how to deal with fear and how to celebrate one’s own uniqueness and true self in the face of enormous pressure to succeed. John shares how growing up in a gospel choir aids his process as a classical and pop singer, and lets us in on some of the sage advice he got from John Legend.
He wants to learn to fly, love egg mcmuffins and encourages students to listen to their teacher. Countertenor star from The Voice John Holiday goes Beyond the Mic.Beyond the Mic with Sean Dillon is the conversation series where actors, artists, authors, and more go deeper than a traditional interview. They go “Beyond the Mic”.
Episode 54: Julia Cooper, John Holiday, Tanner Gomes, Chloe Hogan, Daphne Maxwell Reid, and Marc Lamont Hill
Good Questions...with Cameron Dole
In this episode, I visit with more artists from this 19 season on "The Voice" on NBC: Julia Cooper, John Holiday, Tanner Gomes, and Chloe Hogan. Daphne Maxwell Reid, best known as Aunt Vivian on the Fresh Prince of Bel Aire, talks about the upcoming reunion show and her movie "The Business of Christmas" available December 1. Host of BET News, Marc Lamont Hill talks about his new book, the pandemic, and how we can make change together.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/camerondole/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/camerondole/support
In January, WQXR’s James Bennett, sat down with opera singer John Holiday to talk about the relationship of black America with opera. Holiday explains how he personally navigated this space, how the stories of opera might seem far away from today’s realities (yet still convey meaning), the chamber opera We Shall Not Be Moved which premiered at Opera Philadelphia in 2017, and the importance of storytelling and all voices being heard.
John Holiday knows he is supposed to be a good human being. John and Kai discuss how the church was a big part of his upbringing (10:02), how his grandmother influenced his style and personhood (14:25), and what made him so sure that he was a countertenor, despite starting off college as a tenor (23:30). They also talk about the reason he waited until his 25th birthday to come out to his grandmother (26:15), and the important lesson he shares with all of us dealing with toxic relationships (36:25).
A Conversation with 2017 Marian Anderson Award Winner-countertenor John Holiday
Across the Arts with Patrick D. McCoy
In repertoire encompassing George Frideric Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto to Jonathan Dove’s Flight and beyond, countertenor John Holiday’s expressive and richly beautiful voice has made him an increasingly sought after artist, possessing a “vocal instrument that threatens to equal the name artists in his range.” (Herald Times) Mr. Holiday is the recipient of the Marian Anderson Award from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington National Opera.As an advocate of new works, John Holiday will make his debut with Opera Philadelphia singing the role of John Blue in a world-premiere of Daniel Roumain's We Shall Not Be Moved, a production directed by the award-winning Bill T. Jones that will also be seen at the Apollo Theater in New York and Hackney Empire in London. Also in the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Holiday will debut at Florida Grand Opera as Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and his debut in Flight as the Refugee at Des Moines Metro Opera.
Classical Classroom, Episode 129: On Countertenors And Gender In Opera – With John Holiday
“All I have is a voice.” ― W.H. Auden “I was never particularly fond of my voice.” — David Bowie Countertenor John Holiday says that he’s never wanted to emulate anyone else’s voice, and that instead, he’s tried to find and be true to his own. And the unique sound that he belts out will make you believe that he alone can produce anything like it. But as it turns out, there’s a whole history behind voices like his. Learn all about the countertenor voice, as well as it’s historical relationship to the castrati in this episode. John also teaches about the opera world’s embrace of gender fluidity for art’s sake throughout the ages. Audio production by Todd “Tremolo” Hulslander with side eye from Dacia Clay. Music in this episode includes: Skyline Sessions: John Holiday, “Stille amare” by G.F. Handel: David Daniels, “Ombra mai fu,” Xerxes by Handel: Alessandro Moreschi, “Ave Maria”: Ewa Podleś, La Cieca “Voce di donna o d’angelo” from La Gioconda by A. Ponchielli. Marian Anderson & William Primrose, 2 Songs for Contralto, Viola & Piano by Johannes Brahms John Holiday, “Crude furie” from Serse by Handel (from Operalia, The World Opera Competition – part 2)