English designer Tanya McCallin made her Royal Opera House debut in 2001, creating set and costume designs for Kirov Opera's production of Macbeth, directed by David McVicar. She made her Royal Opera debut the same year creating costume designs for Rigoletto, also directed by McVicar, and has since returned to The Royal Opera to create designs for Le nozze di Figaro, directed by McVicar, and Carmen, directed by Francesca Zambello.
McCallin was born in Cambridge and studied at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design. Work early in her career included creating designs for The Barber of Seville for English National Opera, directed by Jonathan Miller, and she has gone on to design for opera and theatre worldwide. She has worked on several acclaimed productions in collaboration with McVicar, creating designs for La traviata (Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera and Geneva), Manon (ENO, Houston, New Zealand, Dallas, Barcelona and Chicago), The Turn of the Screw (Mariinsky Theatre, ENO and Madrid), Macbeth (Kirov Opera, Kennedy Center) and Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Salzburg Festival) and costume designs for Der Rosenkavalier (Scottish Opera, Opera North, ENO) and Così fan tutte (Strasbourg, Scottish Opera).
McCallin's theatre work includes designs for the Donmar, Royal Court, National Theatre and in the West End. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a lecturer and examiner in stage design.