2016–17 Season: Costume Designer of Andrea Chénier
Making her San Francisco Opera debut, costume designer Jenny Tiramani made her Royal Opera, Covent Garden debut back in 2015, with this same production of Andrea Chénier, directed by David McVicar. Tiramani has worked as a costume and stage designer since 1977. She was Associate Designer at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, 1979–97 and Director of Theatre Design at Shakespeare’s Globe 1997–2005, where the many productions she worked on included Twelfth Night (winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Costume Design and 2003 Olivier). In opera, she works regularly with McVicar, their collaborations including La Clemenza di Tito (Aix-en-Provence Festival), Orlando (Lille, Paris and Dijon), Anna Bolena (Metropolitan Opera, New York), and The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Australia).
Tiramani is a leading researcher in historical costume practices and is founder member and Principal of the School of Historical Dress. She is also a writer, and completed Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion (2008) and co-authored Seventeenth-Century Women’s Dress Patterns: Books One and Two (2011, 2012) for V&A Publishing. She widely lectures on the history of costume and on costume design.