Dunya Ramicova

Dunya Ramicova
(209) 228-2905
COB 331
  • M.F.A., Yale University
  • B.F.A., Goodman School of Drama


Research Interests: 

Dunya Ramicova is one of the founding faculty members at UC Merced. She has designed costumes for more than 150 productions of theater, opera, ballet, dance, film and television in the United States and Europe. Her work has appeared at such prestigious venues as The Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Salzburger Festspiele, Chicago Lyric Opera, the Guthrie Theater, Lincoln Center, Mark Taper Forum and many others.  

Professor Ramicova is a long-time collaborator of director Peter Sellars. They have collaborated on over 50 productions to date. Their work together includes El Nino, an opera by Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Adams, and The Peony Pavilion, a world premiere of an opera by composer Tan Dun. Their work together also includes the world premieres of Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer, also by John Adams and Saint Francois, by Olivier Messian as well as the Mozart/Da Ponte Cycle: Don Giovanni, Cosi Fan Tutti, and Le Nozze di Figaro, which were recorded for videotape and released by London, the Decca Record Company Ltd. Their most recent projects include The Indian Queen performed at the Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theater in Perm, Russia and Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain in 2013. The Indian Queen will be released in DVD form in 2014.  In 2013 they also collaborated on 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 2014 they collaborated on Hercules performed at Canadian Opera Company in Toronto.

Ramicova is a recipient of the Emmy Award for the production of 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.


  • Costume design (for theater, opera, ballet, dance, film and television)
  • History of costume design
  • History of clothing and fashion
  • Drawing and watercolor painting



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