German costume designer Brigitte Reiffenstuel made her Royal Opera debut in 2003 on Elektra, directed by Charles Edwards. She has since returned to work on Faust and Adriana Lecouvreur, directed by David McVicar, and Falstaff and Der Rosenkavalier, directed by Robert Carsen.
Reiffenstuel was born in Munich and studied at the London College of Fashion and Central St Martins College of Art and Design. Many of her UK costume designs have been seen in co-productions worldwide, including The Royal Opera’s Falstaff (Canadian Opera Company, La Scala, Milan, Metropolitan Opera, New York, Dutch National Opera), Faust (Opéra de Lille, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Teatro Verdi, Trieste, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia, Opera Australia), Der Rosenkavalier (Metropolitan Opera, Buenos Aires, Turin) and Adriana Lecouvreur (Paris Opéra, Vienna State Opera, Liceu, Barcelona); ENO’s Peter Grimes (Ópera de Oviedo, Opera Vlaanderen, Deutsche Oper Berlin) and Lucia di Lammermoor (Gothenburg, Washington, Canadian Opera Company, Teatro Real, Madrid, Norwegian National Opera); and Glyndebourne’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opéra de Lille). In Europe she has designed costumes for companies including Theater Bonn, Zürich Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Graz, La Scala, Teatro Real, Madrid, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Stuttgart Opera, Komische Oper Berlin, Frankfurt Opera and Deutsche Oper am Rhein. In 2018 she designed costumes for Gloriana (Teatro Real, Madrid).
Outside opera, credits include Twelfth Night (Young Vic), Kiss Me Kate (Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Graz Opera and Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris) and Kate Bush’s tour Before the Dawn. Reiffenstuel’s awards include the 2015 Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding costume design (Falstaff, Canadian Opera Company) and the 2013 Oscar della Lirica Award for achievement in costume design.