Israeli designer Buki Shiff made her Royal Opera debut in 2008 designing costumes for La Calisto, directed by David Alden. She has since returned to design costumes for The Nose, directed by Barrie Kosky. In the 2017/18 Season she creates the costume designs for Semiramide, directed by Alden.
Shiff studied at Tel Aviv University. She works internationally as a set and costume designer in theatre, film television and opera. She regularly collaborates with directors including Alden, Robert Carsen, Richard Jones and Kosky. Opera designs include Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Faust, Sweeney Todd, Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci (Israeli Theatre Award), Boris Godunov, Madama Butterfly and Don Giovanni for Israeli Opera, Tannhäuser, L’incoronazione di Poppea, Rinaldo, Rodelinda, La Calisto (nominated for Opernwelt Award), Orlando, and Les Contes d’Hoffmann for Bavarian State Opera, Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Tannhäuser, Tristan und Isolde, Der fliegende Holländer and Il turco in Italia for Berlin State Opera, Boris Godunov for Vienna Volksoper, L’incoronazione di Poppea (Evening Standard Award), Wozzeck (UK Theatre Award) and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (South Bank Award, UK Theatre Award) for Welsh National Opera, Lulu, Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Candide for English National Opera, Tristan und Isolde for Teatro Real, Madrid, Candide (French Critics’ Prize) for Théâtre du Châtelet and La Scala, Milan, Wozzeck and La Belle Hélène for Komische Oper Berlin and The Love for Three Oranges for Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Shiff’s awards include Best Costume Designer at the 2013 International Opera Awards, Best Stage and Costume Designer at the 2006 Israeli Theater Awards and the 2008 Rosenblum Award for Artist of the Year. She participates in art exhibitions in Israel and Europe.