In 2005, professional opera singers, Chris and Sasha Holloway, founded the performing arts company “Opera Leggera” (light opera) in Kingwood, Texas. With the desire to present the world's most beautiful music to the North Houston community, Chris and Sasha created a unique musical theatre that would present a diverse repertoire that spans the styles of opera, operetta, pop, Broadway, & American/international classic standards. These exciting musical extravaganzas have become the quality entertainment enjoyed by the entire community. Each Opera Leggera production is original and presented by a cast of singers, dancers, actors, and musicians, professional and amateur alike. Through the years, Opera Leggera has produced 17 shows and counting, among which audience favorites include "Holiday Enchantment," "Our Song is here to Stay," and "There Ain't Nothin' Like a Dame." Opera Leggera is also dedicated to providing a professional and educational atmosphere for aspiring artists. It is Opera Leggera's goal to transform theatre-goer's appreciation of music and theatre into a life-long passion.
Our mission at Opera Leggera is to produce original musical/theatrical productions that preserve cultural values and enrich audiences of all ages and backgrounds while providing professional singers, musicians, dancers, and actors the opportunity to perform in a professional theatrical setting alongside local talents in a collaborative, educational, and inspiring atmosphere.
Chris Holloway- General Director of Opera Leggera.
Chris is a native Texan tenor and is known as the ”Pavarotti of Sacred Music.” Chris has performed in opera, oratorio and recital both in the United States and abroad. He has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, and the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra with Zubin Metha and Lawrence Foster just to name a few. While in Israel, Mr. Holloway sang the title role in the Israeli Opera’s production of King David, hallmarking the Jerusalem festival. For many years, Mr. Holloway performed operatic roles with the Houston Grand Opera and other international companies. Chris continues traveling around the U.S. and abroad, singing in concert, and has appeared on and maybe seen on national broadcasts of ABC, TBN, CBN, and PBS. For several years, Chris Holloway was the Coral Ridge concert series director in Fort Lauderdale, FL. After returning to Houston, TX, he and his wife, Sasha, founded Opera Leggera, a performing arts company in Kingwood, TX. Since then, Chris has served as general director of Opera Leggera.
Sasha Holloway- Artistic Director of Opera Leggera.
Sasha was born in Odessa, Ukraine. Throughout her career, Sasha has performed with numerous opera and musical theatre companies around the world such as Odessa State Opera Theatre (Ukraine), New Israeli Opera (Tel Aviv), Florida Grand Opera, Theatre under the Stars (Houston), Israeli Philharmonic under Zubin Metha, Opera in the Heights, Yiddish Shpiel (Germany/Austria), Miami Opera, West Palm Beach Opera, and Houston Grand Opera. She has sung in more than one hundred different productions. Her roles included Mercedes in Carmen, Olga in Eugene Onegin, Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Fyodor in Boris Godunov and many others. In 2005, Sasha and her husband, Chris Holloway, founded Opera Leggera (light opera) in Kingwood, TX. Since Opera Leggera’s beginnings, Sasha has created, directed, and produced more than 16 original musical/theatrical productions and has a distinct vision for Opera Leggera to bring the beauty of music and theatre to people. Sasha, her husband, Chris, and their daughter, Hannah, enjoy singing in concert around the U.S. and abroad.