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Jenny Tiramani

Costume designer


English costume designer Jenny Tiramani made her Royal Opera debut in 2015, creating costume designs for Andrea Chénier, directed by David McVicar.

Tiramani has worked as a costume and stage designer since 1977. She was Associate Designer at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, 1979–97 and Director of Theatre Design at Shakespeare’s Globe 1997–2005, where the many productions she worked on included Twelfth Night (winner of the 2003 Olivier and the 2014 Tony Awards for Best Costume Design). In opera she works regularly with McVicar, their collaborations including La clemenza di Tito (Aix-en-Provence Festival, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse), Orlando (Lille, Paris and Dijon), Anna Bolena (Metropolitan Opera, New York) and Le nozze di Figaro (Opera Australia, for which she won the 2016 Melbourne Green Room Associate Award for Best Costume Design).

Tiramani is a leading researcher in historical costume practices and is founder member and Principal of the School of Historical Dress. She is also a writer, and completed Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion (2008) and co-authored Seventeenth-Century Women’s Dress Patterns: Books One and Two (2011, 2012) for V&A Publishing. She widely lectures on the history of costume and on costume design.

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Watch: Members of the cast and creative team from Andrea Chénier

29 January 2015
Watch: Members of the cast and creative team from Andrea Chénier

Backstage films from the live relay of Andrea Chénier including a musical masterclass from Antonio Pappano, and an insight into costume design.