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 many UK credits have been seen at theatre around the world, including Falstaff (Canadian Opera Company, La Scala, Milan, Metropolitan Opera, New York, Dutch National Opera), Faust (Opéra de Lille, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Teatro Verdi Trieste, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Opera Australia), Peter Grimes (English National Opera, Ópera de Oviedo, De Vlaamse Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin) and Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Glyndebourne Festival, Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Opéra de Lille). In Europe she has designed costumes for companies including Theater Bonn, Zürich Opera House, Théâtre du Châtelet, Deutsche Oper Berlin, La Scala, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Stuttgart State Theatre, Komische Oper Berlin, Frankfurt Opera and Dusseldorf Opera.
Further credits include Kiss Me Kate (Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Théâtre du Châtelet), Madama Butterfly (LA Opera) and for Kate Bush’s tour Before the Dawn. Reiffenstuel’s awards include the 2015 Dora Mava Moore Award for outstanding costume design (Falstaff, Canadian Opera Company) and the 2013 Oscar della Lirica Award for achievement in costume design.