Dunya Ramicova

(Bratislava, Slovakia)

201516 Season: Costume Designer of Luisa Miller

Dunya Ramicova has designed costumes for more than 150 productions of theater, opera, ballet, dance, film, and television in the United States and Europe. She made her San Francisco Opera debut as the costume designer for The Death of Klinghoffer (1992), and returned in 1993 for La Clemenza di Tito and in 2005 for Doctor Atomic. Her designs for Luisa Miller were first seen here in 2000. Her work has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, the Glyndebourne and Salzburg Festivals, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ramicova is a long-time colleague of director Peter Sellars. They have collaborated on more than fifty productions to date. Their work together includes John Adams’s El Niño, Nixon in China, and The Death of Klinghoffer; and the world premiere of Tan Dun’s The Peony Pavilion. In 2013 they also collaborated on the world premiere of another opera by John Adams, The Gospel According to the Other Mary. This production opened at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and toured Europe. In 2013 Ramicova also designed costumes for The Indian Queen, a co-production of Madrid’s Teatro Real and London’s English National Opera. Ramicova is a recipient of the Emmy Award for Nixon in China, which was broadcast on PBS "Great Performances." Her designs were most recently exhibited at the Lincoln Center Library for Performing Arts as part of "Curtain Call, Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance." She has taught costume design and related subjects for the past 35 years at the Yale School of Drama, Harvard University, and University of California campuses in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. She is a founding faculty member of the new University of California campus in Merced.