Ciao, Opera Mavens! Make your days & nights merry & bright with these opera-tunities:

Joshua (Handel) – The story of the Biblical hero is brought to life by tenor Thomas Cooley, countertenor Daniel Taylor, baritone William Berger, sopranos Yulia Van Doren & Gabrielle Haigh, and the Philharmonia Chorale directed by Bruce Lamott; Nicholas McGegan conducting. A free pre-concert talk takes place in the concert hall 45 minutes prior to each performance.

Nicolas McGegan

Nicolas McGegan

Thu Dec 1 at 7pm, Herbst Theatre, Veterans Memorial Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, SF
Fri Dec 2 at 7:30pm, First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto
Sat Dec 3 at 7pm, First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana St, Berkeley
Sun Dec 4 at 4pm, Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Dr, Lafayette


SAN FRANCISCO OPERA or 415-864-3330. The Future Is Now: Adler Gala Concert – Join us for an exciting night of unforgettable music featuring the 2016 Adler Fellows in their final concert of the year. Tickets $30-65.

Fri Dec 2 at 7:30pm, Herbst Theatre, Veterans Memorial Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco.

Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato

CAL PERFORMANCES or 510-642-9988.
Mezzo Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997) sings a program of Baroque arias exploring the tensions of discord and harmony in times of war, accompanied by the dynamic young period-instrument ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro. Tickets start at $40.
Sun Dec 4 at 3pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus.

FRESNO GRAND OPERA or 559-442-5699 and
TOWNSEND OPERA or 209-523-6426.
Christmas on Van Ness – Celebrate the holiday season with a festive musical performance of your favorite holiday music by the FGO Chorus and Soloists in the acoustic bliss of the Big Red Church. Tickets: $50 Reserved Seating, $35 General Admission: $35 Reserved Seating.
Sun Dec 4 at 2pm & 5pm, First Congregational Church, 2131 Van Ness Ave, Fresno.

Holiday Celebration – Celebrate the holiday season with your friends at the opera! Enjoy hearty hors d’oeuvres, good wine, and special performances by guest artists. Tickets: $50 per person; proceeds support the educational activities of Townsend & Fresno Grand Operas.
Thu Dec 8 at 6:30pm, Mary Stuart Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St, Modesto.
Thu Dec 15 at 6:30pm, The Lime Lite Restaurant, 1054 W Shaw Ave, Fresno.

Sheri Greenawald

Sheri Greenawald

FESTIVAL OPERA or 925-944-9610.
Holiday Gala – An evening of merriment and camaraderie in honor of San Francisco Opera Center director Sheri Greenawald. We’ll celebrate with good food, good wine, great company and beautiful music, featuring smezzo Susanne Mentzer and Patrice Houston joined by SFO cellist Emil Miland and pianist Chun Mei Wilson; as a special bonus, our guest of honor will lend her acclaimed voice to the evening’s artistic festivities! Tickets: $200 per person, reservations required.
Tue Dec 8 at 6:30pm, Scott’s Seafood Restaurant, 1333 N California Blvd, Walnut Creek.

VERISMO OPERA or 707-864-5508.
La forza del destino (Verdi) – A stray bullet from Don Alvaro’s gun accidentally kills Leonora’s father, activating an unstoppable chain of fateful misunderstandings for the star-crossed lovers. Tickets: $25 General, $20 Seniors; for more information go to
Sat Dec 10 at 7pm, Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 1750 29th Ave, SF.

Anthony Ross Costanzo

Anthony Roth Costanzo

Handel’s Messiah with soprano Lauren Snouffer, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, tenor Zachary Wilder, and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn; Patrick Dupre Quiqley conducting.
Thu Dec 15, Fri Dec 16, and Sat Dec 17 at 8pm, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco.
Handel’s Messiah – Performed by the American Bach Soloists and American Bach Choir; Jeffrey Thomas conducting. Tickets start at $40.
Sun Dec 18 at 3pm, Weill Hall, 1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park.