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John Holiday

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John Holiday press reviews

“The other dance of equal power was Ave Maria, choreographed by Texas Ballet Theater's Ben Stevenson, a stunning pas de deux for TBT's Heather Crosby Kotelenets and Alexander Kotelenets. Singing the famous prayer was countertenor John Holiday, provided by Dallas Opera, in a performance that had to be heard to be believed.” —Mark Lowry, Star Telegram, December 7, 2011 - Dallas Opera AIDS Benefit

“A magical rendition of Ave Maria by the Dallas Opera's countertenor John Holiday Jr., who sang in the background as dancers from the Texas Ballet Theater floated across the stage, stole the show.” —Dallas Examiner, December 23, 2011 - Dallas Opera AIDS Benefit

“One in particular was the countertenor John Holiday of Rosenberg, Texas, who took fifth place in the advanced division. He sang Crude furie degli orridi abissi, from Handel’s Serse, an “anger aria,” and he made much of it, showing off a big, powerful voice with a marked mezzo-soprano quality. This is potentially a star-quality voice [...] he is a singer with a round, fat tone quality, never reedy, and with impressive breath control and capacity. The audience loved him.” —Greg Stepanich, Palm Beach Arts, April 2011 - Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition