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Brigitte Reiffenstuel

Costume Designer

Brigitte Reiffenstuel was born in Munich and studied at the London College of Fashion and Central St Martins College of Art and Design. She won the 2015 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Costume (Falstaff, Canadian Opera Company) and the 2013 Oscar della Lirica award for achievement in costume design at the International Opera Awards

Brigitte has designed extensively for the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Glyndebourne, many of these productions have gone on to tour the internationally including Falstaff (ROH, Canadian Opera, La Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Dutch National Opera), Peter Grimes (ENO, Oviedo, De Vlaamse Opera and Deutsche Oper, Berlin) and Faust (ROH, Opera de Lille, Monte Carlo, Trieste, Valencia, Australia); Giulio Cesare (Glyndebourne, Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera and Opera de Lille).

Recent theatre projects include designing costumes for the Young Vic’s adaptation of Twelfth Night, which was the first production directed by their new artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah.

SELECTED CREDITS 

2018

GLORIANA
Teatro Real, Madrid
director: Sir David McVicar // sets: Rob Jones // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
Teatro Real, Madrid // Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Oslo // Theater der Bundesstadt Bonn, Germany (2016) // Canadian Opera Company, Toronto (2013) // Washington (2011) // GöteborgsOperan AB, Sweden (2011) // English National Opera, London (2008)
director: David Alden // sets: Charles Edwards // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

2017

PETER GRIMES
Lisbon // Berlin (2013) // Oviedo (2012) // Antwerp (2010) // English National Opera, London 2009 and Sky Arts Live Broadcast
director: David Alden // sets: Paul Steinberg // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

LA RONDINE
Oper Graz // Deutsche Oper, Berlin (2015)
director: Rolando Villazon // lighting: Davy Cunningham // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

DER ROSENKAVALIER
Buenos Aires // New York // Royal Opera House, London (2016)
director: Robert Carsen // sets: Paul Steinberg // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

2016

KISS ME KATE
Theatre du Chatelet, Paris // Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
director: Lee Blakeley // sets: Charles Edwards // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

MADAMA BUTTERFLY
Los Angeles Opera // Sante Fe Festival (2012) // Amarilo, Texas (2012)
director: Lee Blakeley // sets: Jean Marc Puissant // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

FAUST
Florence // Sydney Opera House // His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth // Royal Opera House, London and Live Broadcast (2004)
director: Sir David McVicar // sets: Charles Edwards // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

2015

ADRIANA LECOUVREUR
Opéra national de Paris // Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna (2014) // Liceu Opera Barcelona (2012) // Royal Opera House, London (2010)
director: Sir David McVicar // sets: Charles Edwards // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

LA DAME DE PIQUE
Opéra national du Rhin, Strasbourg // Opernhaus Zurich (2014)
director: Robert Carsen // sets: Michael Levine // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

2014

FALSTAFF
Canadian Opera Company, Toronto // Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam // Metropolitan Opera House, New York (2013) and Live Broadcast // La Scala Milano (2013) // Teatro Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo (2012) // Royal Opera House, London (2012)
director: Robert Carsen // sets: Paul Steinberg // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

DON CARLOS
Teatro Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo // Oper Frankfurt (2007)
director: Sir David McVicar // sets: Rob Jones // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

2013

VERDI SEASON
Hamburg State Opera
director: David Alden // sets: Charles Edwards // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

GIULIO CESARE
Metropolitan Opera House, New York // Lyric Opera of Chicago (2007) // Lille Opera (2007) // Glyndebourne Festival (2005)
director: Sir David McVicar // sets: Rob Jones // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

2012

UN BALLO IN MASQUERA
Metropolitan Opera, New York // Live Broadcast
director: David Alden // sets: Paul Steinberg // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

PEARL FISHERS
Sante Fe Festival
director: Lee Blakeley // sets: Jean Marc Puissant // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

LES CONTES D’HOFFMAN
Canadian Opera Company, Toronto // De Vlaamse Opera, Antwep (2000)
director: Sir David McVicar // sets: Roni Toren // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

2011

DON GIOVANNI
La Scala, Milan
director: Robert Carsen // sets: Michael Levine // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

LUCREZIA BORGIA
English National Opera, London (and Sky Arts Live Broadcast)
director: Mike Figgis // sets: Es Devlin // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

2010

MACBETH
New Zealand Opera // Grand Theatre, Leeds (2008)
director: Tim Albery // lighting: Bruno Poet // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

2009

IL TROVATORE
Metropolitan Opera, New York and Live Broadcast // San Francisco Opera // Chicago Lyric Opera (2004)
director: Sir David McVicar // sets: Charles Edwards // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

2008

BORIS GODUNOV
English National Opera, London
director: Tim Albery // sets: Tobias Hoheisel // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

2007

MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES
Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos, Lison
director: Desiree Meiser // sets: Herman Feuchter // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

2006

RIGOLETTO
Grand Theatre, Leeds
director, sets & lighting: Charles Edwards // movement: Leah Hausman // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

2005

MARIA DI ROHAN
Wexford Festival, Ireland
director, lighting & sets: Charles Edwards // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

2004

LULU
Bavarian State Opera, Munich
director: David Alden // lighting: Pat Collins // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

SEMELE
Theatre de Champs Elysees, Paris
director: Sir David McVicar // sets: Tanya McCallin // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

2003

PARSIFAL
Oper Graz, Austria
director: David Alden // sets: Charles Edwards // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

ELEKTRA
Royal Opera House, London
director, sets & lighting: Charles Edwards // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

2002

TOSCA
English National Opera, London
director: Sir David McVicar // sets: Michael Vale // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

TAMERLANO
Komische Oper, Berlin
director: David Alden // sets & lighting: Charles Edwards // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

2001

BILLY BUDD
Lyric Opera of Chicago
director: Sir David McVicar // sets: Charles Edwards // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

2000

ALPHA AND OMEGA
New Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv
director: David Alden // sets: Paul Steinberg // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstul

1999

THREE SISTERS
Dusseldorf, Germany
director: Inga Levant // sets: Johannes Schuetz // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

EUGEN ONEGIN
Nationaltheater Mannheim, Germany
director: Inga Levant // sets & lighting: Charles Edwards // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

MACBETH
Chicago Lyric Opera // Houston, Texas (1997)
director: David Alden // sets: Charles Edwards // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

1997

BORIS GODUNOV
Staatsoper Stuttgart, Germany
director: Inga Levant // sets & lighting: Charles Edwards // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

DAMNATION OF FAUST
English National Opera, London
director: David Alden // sets: Roni Toren // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

1996

SHARKA
Wexford Festival, Ireland
director: Inga Levant // sets & lighting: Charles Edwards // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

WETHER
New Isralei Opera, Tel Aviv
director: Jean Claude Auvray // lighting & sets: Charles Edwards // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

SALOME
Staatsoper Stuttgrart, Germany
director: Inga Levant // sets: Roni Toren // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

THE MAKROPULOS AFFAIR
Chicago Lyric Opera
director: David Alden // sets: Charles Edwards // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

RIGOLETTO
English Touring Opera, London
director: Stephen Medcalf // sets: Charles Edwards // movement: Leah Hausman // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

IL TROVATORE
Dublin // Grand Theatre, Leeds (1994)
director: Inga Levant // sets & lighting: Charles Edwards // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

1994

ORFEO
English Touring Opera, London
director: Stephen Medcalf // sets: Charles Edwards // movement: Leah Hausman // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

1993

L’ASSEDIO DI CALAIS
Guildhall School of Music
director: Stephen Medcalf // sets & lighting: Charles Edwards // costumes: Brigitte Reiffenstuel

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