Opera Parallèle Announces ‘Over the Rainbow’ With John Holiday

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Shervin Lainez)

The Opera Parallèle has announced details for the company’s upcoming Benefit Celebration “Over the Rainbow,” scheduled for Feb. 2, 2022 at Saint Joseph’s Arts Society in San Francisco.

The showcase will make the famed  countertenor’s San Francisco debut performance in a varied program spanning opera to pop alongside pianist Keisuke Nakagoshi.

“When we selected the theme of ‘Over the Rainbow’ for our benefit celebration – thinking of the dispersion of light and hope in our community, I immediately thought of John Holiday as the perfect artist. John’s astonishing voice has a myriad of colors that take you from opera and jazz, to gospel and pop music. He is also a powerful storyteller with an amazing life story of his own and a generous spirit on stage. His magnetism will magically pull us together into a colorful evening,” said Opera Parallèle General and Artistic Director Nicole Paiement in an official statement.

Holiday has recently appeared in the Aucoin and Ruhl’s “Eurydice” at the Metropolitan Opera House, and is slated to perform the role of Nerone in Händel’s “Agrippina” at the Bayerische Staatsoper in May 2022. The countertenor will also perform the role of Oberon in Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Des Moines Metro Opera alongside Sydney Mancasola and Barnaby Rea in July 2022.