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Classical Music and Opera & Ballet

Browse our growing guide to the best Classical Music Concerts, Opera & Ballet events and festivals in Oxford and across Oxfordshire.

Sleeping Beauty by Varna International Ballet

New Theatre Oxford 24-26 George Street, Oxford

Every child’s favourite fairy tale, this is the classic story of love and innocence, mystery and magic set to Tchaikovsky’s sublime score.

From £13.00

The Nutcracker by Varna International Ballet

New Theatre Oxford 24-26 George Street, Oxford

This most famous fantasy ballet for all the family begins as night falls on Christmas Eve. And when midnight strikes, we are swept away to a fairy-tale world where nothing is quite as it seems.

From £13.00

Swan Lake by Varna International Ballet

New Theatre Oxford 24-26 George Street, Oxford

From the impressive splendour of the Palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all.

From £13.00

Death In Venice by Welsh National Opera

New Theatre Oxford 24-26 George Street, Oxford

Inspired by the original Thomas Mann novella, Britten’s magnificently atmospheric opera comes to life in this new production from the WNO.

From £13.00

Così fan Tutte by Welsh National Opera

New Theatre Oxford 24-26 George Street, Oxford

Welsh National Opera takes you back to school with a brand new production of Mozart’s comic opera Così fan tutte, also known as The School for Lovers, directed by Max Hoehn (The Consul).

From £13.00

Puccini’s Manon Lescaut

Oxford Playhouse Beaumont Street, Oxford, United Kingdom

English Touring Opera bring the glittering temptations of the big city to the stage with a exciting new production.

From £14.00

Oxford Piano Festival 2024

Oxford City Centre Oxford City Centre, Oxford

The Oxford Piano Festival is nine days of piano festivities, with a packed schedule of masterclasses and concerts from top names in the piano world.

Welsh National Opera – Rigoletto

New Theatre Oxford 24-26 George Street, Oxford

Set against the backdrop of a decadent and ruthless court, this heart-wrenching tale explores the intricate web of love, betrayal, and the consequences of power. 

Price TBC

  • Makropulos by Welsh National Opera

    Makropulos by Welsh National Opera

    Prepare to be engrossed in one of opera’s most thrilling mysteries as The Makropulos Affair leads us on a journey to reveal the real identity of this intriguing woman.

  • La bohème by Welsh National Opera

    La bohème by Welsh National Opera

    WNO’s timeless production paints a vivid portrait of bohemian life in Paris at the turn of the 19th century, enhanced with atmospheric projections and Puccini’s gloriously romantic music.

  • Oxford Lieder Festival 2022

    Oxford Lieder Festival 2022

    The Oxford Lieder Festival is the focal point of Oxford Lieder’s year, and the broad focus of this year’s festival is on Friendship.

  • Didcot Concert Orchestra – Concert 9

    Didcot Concert Orchestra – Concert 9

    Didcot Concert Orchestra – Concert 9 opens with the Prelude to Wagner’s opera Parsifal – a superb demonstration of the composer’s gift for melody and rich harmony.

  • Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn

    Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn

    Joe Davies conducts a programme of Mozart’s overture the ‘Abduction from Seraglio’, Beethoven’s ‘Ruins of Athens’, Mozart’s 3rd Violin Concerto and Haydn’s Symphony No 100 (the ‘Military’).

  • Waterperry Opera Festival 2023

    Waterperry Opera Festival 2023

    With eight productions this summer, Waterperry Opera Festival 2023 is the perfect opportunity to fall in love with this splendid art form.

  • Welsh National Opera – Candide

    Welsh National Opera – Candide

    Leonard Bernstein’s Candide is a supercharged wild ride in which 18th-century France crashes into 20th-century post-war America.

  • Bruckner Seven with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

    Bruckner Seven with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

    For this culmination of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra’s season at the Sheldonian Theatre, Marios Papadopoulos conducts Bruckner’s symphony here after Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2

  • Opera Anywhere’s HMS Pinafore at St Mary the Virgin, Long Wittenham

    Opera Anywhere’s HMS Pinafore at St Mary the Virgin, Long Wittenham

    This is a tale of mismatched love across different social classes. Climb aboard to find out and enjoy a feast of fun along the way. Hip hip hooray!

  • Opera Anywhere’s HMS Pinafore at Heath Farm

    Opera Anywhere’s HMS Pinafore at Heath Farm

    Find stunning views of the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside for HMS Pinafore on the outdoor stage at lakeside amphitheatre at Heath Farm.

  • Ballet Central Tour 2023

    Ballet Central Tour 2023

    Experience the magic of world-class live ballet right on your doorstep when the Ballet Central Tour performs at Chipping Norton Theatre.

  • Swan Lake by English Youth Ballet

    Swan Lake by English Youth Ballet

    This powerful new adaptation of one of the world’s most cherished classical ballets stars English Youth Ballet’s international principals and talented young dancers from the local area.