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 and Boris Godunov, 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 Bend it Like Beckham (West End), Sunny Afternoon and Chariots of Fire (Hampstead Theatre and West End), The Father (Theatre Royal Bath, Tricycle Theatre and West End). In the Republic of Happiness, Sucker Punch, Cock, The Wonderful World of Dissocia and My Child (Royal Court), The Trial, Public Enemy, Generations, Wild Swans, The Government Inspector, In the Red and Brown Water and The Good Soul of Szechuan (Young Vic), Judgement Day (Almeida), Six Characters in Search of an Author (Headlong Theatre, Chichester, West End and Sydney) and Earthquakes in London (National Theatre and Headlong).
Buether’s other opera designs include The Girl of the Golden West and 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.