German costume designer Brigitte Reiffenstuel made her Royal Opera debut in 2003 on Elektra, directed by Charles Edwards. She has since returned to work on Faust and Adriana Lecouvreur, directed by David McVicar, and Falstaff, directed by Robert Carsen. In the 2016/17 Season she creates the costume designs for Der Rosenkavalier, directed by Carsen.
Reiffenstuel was born in Munich and studied at the London College of Fashion and Central St Martins College of Art and Design. Her other UK credits include Lucrezia Borgia, Peter Grimes, The Damnation of Faust, Lucia di Lammermoor, Boris Godunov and Between Worlds for English National Opera, Giulio Cesare for Glyndebourne Festival and Rigoletto and Il trovatore for 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. Awards include the 2013 Oscar della Lirica Award for achievement in costume design.