German set designer Miriam Buether made her Royal Opera debut creating set designs for Anna Nicole (2011), directed by Richard Jones. She has since created set designs for Suor Angelica, also directed by Jones.
Buether was born into a family of architects. She studied stage design at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design and costume design at the Akademie für Kostümdesign, Hamburg. She has designed prolifically for theatre in London and beyond, with notable designs including In the Republic of Happiness, Sucker Punch, Cock, The Wonderful World of Dissocia and My Child (Royal Court), Generations, Wild Swans, The Government Inspector, In the Red and Brown Water and The Good Soul of Szechuan (Young Vic), Judgement Day and When the Rain Stops Falling (Almeida), Six Characters in Search of an Author (Headlong Theatre, Chichester, West End and Sydney), Earthquakes in London (National Theatre and Headlong), Trade (Royal Shakespeare Company at Soho Theatre), Realism and The Bacchae (National Theatre of Scotland) and Chariots of Fire (West End).
Buether’s other opera designs include Turandot for English National Opera, Carmen for Salzburg Festival and The Sacrifice (costumes) for Welsh National Opera. Buether has designed for ballet for Komische Oper Berlin, Introdans and Canadian National Ballet. Her awards include the 2010 Evening Standard Award for Sucker Punch and the 1999 Linbury Prize for Stage Design.