(Hong Kong, China)
2016–17 Season: Production Designer of Dream of the Red Chamber
Making his San Francisco Opera debut, Tim Yip is an art director and designer best known for his work in film. In 2001, he won the Academy Award for art direction for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, as well as a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award for the film’s costume design. After studies in Hong Kong, Yip went on to work with many celebrated film directors, including John Woo, Ang Lee, Tsai Ming Liang, Stanley Kwan, and Feng Xiaogang. He is well known in Taiwan, having worked with the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Contemporary Legend Theatre, and U Theatre, among other companies. As an artist, Yip first gained attention for his “New Orientalism” aesthetic. He has presented many exhibitions in costume, photography, and visual art.