Brigitte Reiffenstuel was born in Munich and studied at the London College of Fashion and Central St Martins College of Art and Design. She is based in London and works internationally.
Most recent costume designs include: Tom Stoppard’s new play Leopolstadt in London’s West End and on Broadway; Il Barbiere Di Siviglia for the Salzburg Festival; and Fedora for the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
Work in theatre has included Oklahoma! for Chichester Festival Theatre; Light in the Piazza (Royal Festival Hall, London, Los Angles and Chicago); Twelfth Night (Young Vic); Kiss Me Kate (Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris). Brigitte designed the costumes for the acclaimed Kate Bush ‘Before the Dawn’ concerts in London.
In opera, she has designed costumes for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden; English National Opera; Lyric Opera of Chicago; San Francisco Opera; Washington National Opera; La Scala, Milan; Opéra Bastille; the Bavarian State Opera; Wiener Staatsoper; the Komische Oper and Deutsche Oper in Berlin; and for opera houses in Madrid, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Tel Aviv, Sydney, Tokyo, South Korea, and many others.
Brigitte has won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Costume; the Oscar della Lirica award for achievement in costume design at the International Opera Awards; and the 2023 Tony Award for best costume design of a play.
Previously for ENO: Lucia di Lammermoor, Lucrezia Borgia, Tosca, Damnation of Faust, Boris Godunov, Between Worlds.
Currently for ENO: Peter Grimes
Last updated: 29th August 2023