Oxford deserves its own city-based opera company.

A company that seeks to give the city and its surrounds the very best operatic performances possible, featuring the finest soloists available whilst also show-casing, encouraging and giving opportunity to the best musical talent that can be drawn from the the huge potential that the city holds.

Oxford has the best university in the world. Oxford Opera believes that the city can also produce, arguably, the best performances in classical performance whilst also encouraging the next generation of singers, musicians and people who want to be involved in the creative arts.

Oxford Opera believes in The Best For Everyone.


Stuart Pendred is the driving force behind Oxford Opera.

Stuart originally trained as an actor and has enjoyed a varied career including theatre; television, musicals, film, radio and voice-over. As a singer, song-writer, Stuart has also recorded albums of his own work. He made his operatic debut in 2011 after studying with Julian Gavin and coaching with both Phillip Thomas and David Syrus. He has since steadily built a career as a dramatic bass-baritone.

Oxford is a city which means a great deal to him, and Opera is Stuart’s passion. In Oxford Opera Company, he has finally found a way to combine both and provide The Best For Everyone.


Oxford Opera Company are delighted that Richard Berkeley-Steele and Susan Bullock CBE have agreed to be the inaugural patrons.

In their own words,

“Welcome to Oxford Opera!

We are delighted to be Patrons of this exciting new venture which is guided by the passionate energy, integrity and commitment of Stuart Pendred.

We hope that you will enjoy performances of the highest quality for many years to come in this marvellous centre of excellence that is the city of Oxford, and urge you to support Oxford Opera in any way you can.”

Susan Bullock CBE and Richard Berkeley-Steele