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Mattie Ullrich

Costume designer


American costume designer Mattie Ullrich made her Royal Opera debut in 2014 with I due Foscari, directed by Thaddeus Strassberger.

Ullrich works regularly with Strassberger, and together they won Camerata Nuova’s 2005 European Opera-directing Prize for their production of La Cenerentola (Dublin and Wiesbaden). Other credits with Strassberger include The Oresteia (Bard Summerscape Festival, New York), Don Giovanni (Norwegian National Opera) and Nabucco (Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera and Opera Philadelphia). Other opera credits include Eliogabalo (Gotham Chamber Opera) and Zaide (Wolf Trap Opera), both directed by James Marvel.

Ullrich has created designs for more than fifty plays in New York City, and works extensively in theatre around the USA. Her New York credits include The Starry Messenger (The New Group, starring Mathew Broderick), The Pride (MCC Theater, directed by Joe Mantello), Fault Lines (Naked Angels, directed by David Schwimmer), Things We Want (The New Group, directed by Ethan Hawke) and the one-woman show Bad Dates (directed by John Benjamin Hickey). Ullrich’s credits in musicals include designs for Stephen Schwartz’s Working. Film design credits include Year of the Fish (Sundance 2007), the award-winning short Sovereignty and Shoplifting Chanel.

News and features

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on I due Foscari

27 October 2014
Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on I due Foscari

Backstage films from the live relay of I due Foscari, including Antonio Pappano introducing Verdi's music and Plácido Domingo on his transition from tenor to baritone.