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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

  • Giselle by Varna International Ballet

    Giselle by Varna International Ballet

    The most poignant of all classical ballets is filled with dramatic passion in a chilling and heart-rending tale of love, treachery and forgiveness from beyond the grave.

  • Coppelia by Varna International Ballet

    Coppelia by Varna International Ballet

    Every toy has a story, especially in this charming comedy of errors, a witty combination of antics and abracadabra, set in a doll maker’s workshop.

  • Khachaturian’s Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony with Oxford Sinfonia

    Khachaturian’s Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony with Oxford Sinfonia

    The Oxford Sinfonia is very excited to welcome Jennifer Pike to the Sheldonian to perform Khachaturian’s violin concerto.

  • The City of Oxford Orchestra Viennese New Year Concert

    The City of Oxford Orchestra Viennese New Year Concert

    The City of Oxford Orchestra’s exuberant Artistic Director, Stephen Bell, presents his unmissable Viennese New Year Concert.

  • The Genius of Mozart

    The Genius of Mozart

    Mozart’s piano concertos trace the rapid development of his genius.

  • The Barber of Seville by Welsh National Opera

    The Barber of Seville by Welsh National Opera

    Welsh National Opera’s much-loved production of The Barber of Seville – set around a traditional Spanish piazza – partners wonderfully with Rossini’s witty and expressive melodies.

  • Madam Butterfly by Welsh National Opera

    Madam Butterfly by Welsh National Opera

    Madam Butterfly is a powerful story of unrequited love, human pain and suffering which is magnificently intensified by Puccini’s glorious music, promising a night of drama and emotion.

  • The Mikado at The Players Theatre, Thame

    The Mikado at The Players Theatre, Thame

    A performance by Opera Anywhere of the especially popular comic opera The Mikado – the story of a tangled web of love set in Japan and the most frequently performed Savoy Opera – at The Players Theatre, Thame.

  • The Mikado at St Mary the Virgin, Long Wittenham

    The Mikado at St Mary the Virgin, Long Wittenham

    A performance by Opera Anywhere of the especially popular comic opera The Mikado – the story of a tangled web of love set in Japan and the most frequently performed Savoy Opera.

  • Duruflé: Requiem & Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine

    Duruflé: Requiem & Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine

    Oxford Bach Choir perform two popular choral French masterpieces – Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine and Duruflé: Requiem – in a concert to be streamed free from the Sheldonian Theatre.

  • Mozart and Bach by Oxford Sinfonia

    Mozart and Bach by Oxford Sinfonia

    George Caird conducts Oxford Sinfonia in Mozart Symphony No. 29, and Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 and Mozart Divertimento K131 at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford.

  • Don Giovanni by Oxford Sinfonia

    Don Giovanni by Oxford Sinfonia

    Ian Brown – a former pianist of the Nash Ensemble – conducts the Oxford Sinfonia in a performance of Mozart’s outrageous and chilling comedy Don Giovanni at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford.