Chris Holloway is a native Texan tenor and known as the ”Pavarotti of Sacred Music,” performing in opera, oratorio and recital both in the United States and abroad.
In 2005, Chris and his wife, Sasha Holloway, founded the performing arts company “Opera Leggera” (light opera) in Kingwood, Texas. With their rich background in the performing arts and their desire to present the world’s most beautiful music to Greater Houston audiences, they created a unique musical theatre that would present a diverse repertoire that spans the styles of opera, operetta, pop, Broadway, & American/international classic standards. After more than a decade, Opera Leggera continues to present exciting original musical productions to sold-out audiences. Mr. Holloway serves as both the General Director of Opera Leggera as well as the principal soloist for each Opera Leggera performance. From crooning Nat King Cole or singing a Verdi aria to his powerful renditions of Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof) or Don Quixote (The Man of La Mancha), Chris’ “transcendent” voice and touching performance continues to leave audiences spellbound and up on their feet.
Beyond Opera Leggera, Mr. Holloway is the founding member of The Three Texan Tenors. Based in Houston, Texas, The Three Texan Tenors is a powerful trio of three dynamic, classically trained vocalists with strong Texas roots that run deep and shine through in their every performance. Equipped with an expansive repertoire spanning musical genres that include opera, Broadway, jazz, patriotic, popular standard, inspirational and much more, Mr. Holloway and the other members of the Three Texan Tenors enjoy a successful solo career and contribute collectively to this outstanding music group. Originally founded as a performing arts group to headline Opera Leggera main stage productions, the Three Texan Tenors have gained wide acclaim in their own right and now perform for large audiences all across the beautiful state of Texas.
Chris continues to travel nationwide singing wherever he is called upon to share his voice – whether it be at a community church or synagogue, concert hall, stadium, political rally, wedding or other special event, sharing the beauty and inspiration that music can bring.
Since 1990, Chris Holloway began traveling nationwide and internationally, from Tokyo to Tel-Aviv, from London to Johannesburg, using his musical gift to share God’s love. Through the years, appeared with many ministers and ministries, including Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie, Dr. Hilton Sutton, Dr. John Hagee, Dr. Myles Munroe, Dr. John Osteen, Dr. Ravi Zacharias, Dr. D. James Kennedy, Dr. Bill Bright, James Robison, Franklin Graham, Trinity Broadcasting Network, Dr. David Yonggi Cho, Dr. Alan Keyes, and Dr. John Bisagno. For fifteen years, he has been a regular guest on hundreds of TBN broadcasts to audiences around the globe. Chris continues to travel and perform praise & sacred music, liturgical services, and classical pieces in churches and synagogues around the U.S.
In the 1980s, Mr. Holloway began his operatic career, performing in international opera companies, from Houston Grand Opera to the Cardiff Opera in Wales, the Israeli Opera, the Bregenz Opera Festival and beyond. His roles have included Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata, Lensky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, and many others. As a classically trained tenor, Chris has performed opposite such music stars such as Beverly Sills, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Joyce DiDonato, and Mirella Freni just to name a few.
Mr. Holloway has appeared as tenor soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Houston Symphony, the Liverpool Orchestra, the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Simon Rattle and the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. While in Israel, Mr. Holloway sang the title role in the world premiere production of King David, hallmarking the Jerusalem festival. On the Albany Records label, Mr. Holloway can be heard singing the roles of Patinkin and Kriltsov in Tod Machover’s world premiere Resurrection as well as the role of Mayor in Carlisle Floyd’s world premiere of Cold Sassy Tree with Houston Grand Opera.