German costume designer Brigitte Reiffenstuel’s designed the costumes for The Royal Opera’s productions of Elektra, directed by Charles Edwards, and Faust, directed by David McVicar, in the 2013/14 Season. Reiffenstuel's other work for the Company includes costume designs for McVicar's production of Adriana Lecouvreur and Robert Carsen's production of Falstaff.
Reiffenstuel was born in Munich, and came to London to study at the London College of Fashion and Central St Martins College of Art and Design. Alongside her work for The Royal Opera, in the UK she has designed productions including Lucrezia Borgia, Peter Grimes, The Damnation of Faust, Lucia di Lammermoor and Boris Godunov (English National Opera), Giulio Cesare (Glyndebourne Festival) and Rigoletto and Il trovatore (Opera North).
She has also designed for companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York (including Un ballo in maschera), La Scala, Milan (including Don Giovanni), Bavarian State Opera (including Lulu), Frankfurt Opera (including Peter Grimes), Hamburg State Opera (a Verdi season) and many other opera companies in Europe and the USA. She won the 2013 Oscar della Lirica Award for achievement in costume design.