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Anibal Lapiz graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires as a theatrical and opera costume designer and travelled to study in London, where he stayed for two years. He returned to Buenos Aires and began his collaboration with Roberto Oswald designing costumes for ballet and operas including Nabucco, Hansel and Gretel, Otello, Tannhäuser, Dido and Aeneas, I Due Foscari, Lohengrin, Die Frau ohne Shatten, the complete Ring Cycle twice for the Teatro Colón, the Dallas Opera and Santiago de Chile, Benvenuto Cellini, Norma, La Cenerentola, Parsifal, Elektra, Aida, Tosca, Turadot, Die Fliegende Holländer, Die Meistersinger, Tristan and Isolde, Salome, The Tales of Hoffman, Don Giovanni, La Traviata, Il Tovatore, L’italiana in Algeri, I Puritani, Madama Butterfly, Lucia de Lammermoor, The Pearl Fishers, The Magic Flute, Samson and Delilah, and the ballets Les Noces and Spartacus.
On the international scene he designed costumes for stage productions in Germany, Canada, Caracas, Chile, Brazil, Spain, Uruguay. In the United States he worked for the San Francisco Opera, Washington Opera, Baltimore Opera, Miami Opera, Seattle, Columbus, Ohio, Portland, Los Angeles and Dallas Opera. For the Anna Livia Festival of Dublin he designed Carmen, Hérodiade, Il Trovatore, Gianni Schichi, Il Tabarro and Martha.
Lapiz was the recipient of numerous awards for his work as costume designer: I Due Foscari (1981), Macbeth (1982), Benvenuto Cellini ((1983) and Siegfried (1987). In the United States, in 1989 his costumes for Salome were chosen as the best wardrobe of the year for opera. He received the Drama Critics Award as best costume designer for Turandot, Tosca, Die Fliegender Holländer, Die Walküre, Jenufa, Boris Godunov and Wozzeck.
He designed the costumes for Highlander II, which was filmed in the Teatro Colón in 1991. For the Baltimore he designed the costumes for Tristan and Isolde, Samson and Delilah, Don Carlo, Salome, The Pearl Fishers, Norma, Elektra, Aida, Lucia di Lammermoor and Nabucco.