Marie-Jeanne was born in Bucharest, where she studied at the Beaux Arts Institute. She now lives in London and works extensively in Opera. Marie-Jeanne received the Martinu Medal for Julietta and The Greek Passion and was nominated by Opernwelt magazine as Costume Designer of the Year for Maskerade. She was also part of the British team that won the Golden Triga at the 2003 Prague Quadriennale.
She has collaborated extensively with Sir David Pountney, designing costumes for Wagner's Ring Cycle (Lyric Opera, Chicago), Carmen (Bolshoi, Moscow), Les Vepres Siciliennes (Welsh National Opera and Opernhaus Bonn), La Forza del Destino (WNO), Mose in Egitto (WNO, Sao Carlos, Lisbon, Naples), Manon Lescaut and Francesca da Rimini (La Scala, Milan), Macbeth (San Fransisco and Opernhaus Zurich), Turandot (Salzburg Festival), Un Ballo in Maschera, War and Peace, Pelleas et Melisande, Khovanschina (Welsh National Opera), Pierrot Lunaire and Seven Deadly Sins (Sets & Costumes), La Clemenza di Tito (Strasbourg), Lulu (Bolzano and Welsh National Opera), Haunted Manor (Polish National Opera), William Tell (Polish National Opera, Welsh National Opera and Geneva), The Magic Flute (Bregenz Festival - Costume & Puppet Designer), Un Ballo in Maschera, Die Frau ohne Schatten, La Juive, Agrippina, L'Etoile, Peter Grimes (Zurich), Prince Igor (Zurich and Hamburg), The Passenger (Bregenzer Festspiele / Warsaw / ENO / Lincoln Centre Festival / Houston / Chicago Lyric / New Israeli Opera), Maskerade (Bregenzer Festspiele, ROH), Les Troyens (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Krol Roger (Bregenzer Festspiele / Warsaw / Barcelona), Tristan und Isolde (Cologne), Moses und Aron, Katya Kabanova, Faust and The Adventures of Mr Broucek (Bayerische Staatsoper), Julietta (Opera North / Ravenna Festival / Prague / Maastricht; Awarded: Martinû Foundation Medal, Nominee: Barclays Theatre Award, 1998), Die Soldaten (Ruhr Festival and Lincoln Center Festival), The Nose (Netherlands Opera) and Jenufa and Rienzi (Wiener Staatsoper and Bilbao).
Other directors Marie-Jeanne has worked with include Keith Warner for Ring Cycle and Wozzeck (Winner: Outstanding New Opera Production, Laurence Olivier Awards 2003; Royal Opera House), Wozzeck (Royal Danish Opera), The Turn of the Screw (La Monnaie), Carmen (Sets & Costumes; Minneapolis, Houston, Seattle and Turin), Cavalleria Rusticana and i Pagliacci (Berlin State Opera); Francesca Zambello for West Side Story (Bregenz Festival), Gillaume Tell and Salammbo (Opera National de Paris, Bastille), Therese Raquin (Sets & Costumes; Dallas Opera / San Diego Opera), Helmuth Lohner for The Magic Flute and Bocaccio (Volksoper Wien), Beate Vollack for Romeo et Juliette (Sets & Costumes; St Gallen) and Phyllida Lloyd for a staged Verdi Requiem (English National Opera).
Non-Operatic work includes Amahl and the Night Visitors for BBC Wales (BAFTA Nominated, Francesca Zambello); The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company, Gale Edwards); As You Like It (Set & Costume Design, Nottingham Playhouse, David Pountney), La Bete Humaine (Sets & Costumes; Nottingham Playhouse, Pip Broughton); The Big One (Hat Trick Prods / Channel Four, John Henderson), Yvonna, Princess of Burgundy (The Mic Theatre Bucharest, Catalina Buzoianu, Winner: Best Scene Designer, Association of Romanian Artist’s Prize 1984), The Dragon (Festival of Youth Theatre, Victor Frunza, Winner: Best Design Award, Piatra-Neamt).