The native Dutchman studied fashion design in Breda and has been working as a costume designer since the 1970s for film, TV and stage.
He has designed costumes for numerous Musical productions, including Levay’s Elisabeth in Germany, Die drei Musketiere, Cyrano, Sunset Boulevard, Ciske de Rat and Ich war noch niemals in New York in Hamburg and at Raimund Theater. Opera productions (he has been in a close collaboration with Harry Kupfer and Hans Schavernoch for years) brought him to Berlin, Frankfurt, Paris, San Francisco, Sydney, Dresden, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Florence, Bern and Helsinki. Yan Tax is responsible for the costume design of more than fifty films. His costume design of the show Cyrano – The Musical on Broadway was nominated for a Tony Award in 1994. In 2008 he was nominated for Deutscher Filmpreis for his costume design on the film Black Book. For the Theater an der Wien he created the costumes for Levays Mozart! His latest projects include Der Rosenkavalier at the Salzburg Festival (2014 & 2015), Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro at the Vienna State Opera, Ein Leben für den Zaren at the Frankfurt Opera, Fidelio and Macbeth at the State Opera in Berlin and Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District at the Opera Festival Munich.
In the 2019/20 season he creates the costumes for the new production of Strauss´Capriccio at Oper Leipzig.
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