Death of an artful opera designer, 74

Death of an artful opera designer, 74


norman lebrecht

June 23, 2020

The funeral of Michael Stennett will be held on June 30 at Yoxford in Suffolk.

Michael Stennett designed many productions for Australian Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Royal Shakespeare Company before ending his stage career in 1994 to concentrate on making art. Many of his finest costumes and jewellery were designed for Dame Joan Sutherland, who had unfailing trust in his good taste.




In 1993, HM the Queen commissioned a portrait drawing of Sutherland from Stennett for the Order of Merit series at Windsor Castle. Stennett had his first solo show in 1998 at Aldeburgh Theatre Gallery and ran a gallery of his own at Yoxford.



  • Alexander says:

    this picture of Dame Joan is incredibly fine . Only a man who loved the subject of his art could do that. Hope Granny Joan will meet him in Heaven to share their eternal joy ….

  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    Was he the son of the comedian Stan Stennett?

  • francis john says:

    This wonderful upload gives some insight into his genius