21st March 2010
Opera company raises the roof at St Stephen's Church.

Stentorphon Opera

The landmark tower of St. Stephen’s Church, Lansdown was bathed in red, green and gold on a March Sunday evening. These are the colours of Stentorphon Opera who, supported by the Friends of St Stephen’s Church, presented the Gala Concert for Bath. And what a performance with the acoustics tested to the limit as renditions from the Mikado, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, La Boheme, La Traviata, the Merry Widow and many others showed the incredible talents of this recently formed group! Stentorphon Opera is a Bath based repertory company led by Australian born soprano and conductor, Ruth McKibbin. Along with Bath born promoter and tenor, Michael Smith, they aim to feature local performers in addition to London based artists in a venture that intends to extend patronage of opera in Somerset.

Full cast on chancel steps
Full cast on chancel steps

Quote from Ruth and Michael –
‘Ruth and Michael were delighted with the enthusiastic reception Stentorphon Opera received at St Stephen's on Sunday night.
The evening provided an important opportunity for our performers to display their talents. The excellent facilities for the singers and the coordinated efforts of the Friends of St Stephens ensured a fine evening of music. We feel that the event was a great success and we are looking forward to future collaboration.’

Stentorphon’s 2010 programme can be found on They are sure to attract a whole new generation of music lovers whilst bringing up-and-coming singers who are starting out on their professional careers to star in their productions.

Some of the audience
Some of the audience

The Friends of St Stephen’s Church is promoting the wider usage of the church for music and the arts and raising funds to improve the facilities for staging future events. To date it has featured musical evenings, an evening with a classic film and is working with bodies such as Stentorphon to provide a base for performances. The church seats up to 400 and has toilet and kitchen facilities for making it one of the largest venues in the city. Website is


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