Ursula Hesse von den Steinen received her vocal training at Hochschule der Künste Berlin. She refined her skills in master classes with Brigitte Fassbaender and Aribert Reimann. During her studies, she received numerous prizes at national and international competitions.
From 1999 until 2002, she was a member of the ensemble at Semperoper in Dresden. Since then, she freelanced and accepted invitations of many European opera houses. Among others, she gave her debut at the Opéra Bastille in Paris as Anna/Die sieben Todsünden. Further engagements were in Amsterdam, Bonn, Hamburg, Paris, Barcelona, Naples, at the Ruhr-Triennale, and at Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels.
During the past seasons, Ursula Hesse von den Steinen has been especially celebrated for her Wagner performances as Fricka in Rheingold and Walküre at the Nuremberg Ring cycle, at Aalto Theater Essen, and in Macao, as Venus in Tannhäuser at Nationaltheater of Mannheim, and her debut as Ortrud in Lohengrin in Bern, as well as for the role premiere of Jitsuko Honda in the opera Hanjo at the RuhrTriennale in the production of Calixto Bieito in the season 2011/12 and at Staatsoper Berlin in 2012/13.
Further successes were her debut as Prince Orlofsky/Die Fledermaus at the Glyndebourne Festival, her performances as Clairon in Strauss’ Capriccio and Dalila/Samson et Dalila at Opera Cologne, as Mary/Wozzeck in Tokyo, Carmen/Carmen at Vienna Volksoper, and as Lucy in the world premiere of Eötvös’ The Tragedy of the Devil at the Bavarian State Opera Munich.
Furthermore, she sang the title role in Henze’s Phaedra at Deutsche Oper am Rhein with outstanding success, as well as Mother Goose/The Rake’s Progress at Opéra National de Paris, Knusperhexe/Hansel and Gretel and Foreign Princess/Rusalka at Komische Oper Berlin, and debuted the role of Adriano in Wagner’s Rienzi in Riga, when the city was the European Capital of Culture.
Ursula Hesse von den Steinen worked with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Vladimir Fedossejew, Michael Gielen, Eliahu Inbal, Marek Janowski, Vladimir Jurowski, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Markus Stenz, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, James Levine, and Sebastian Weigle.
The versatile singer is home on concert stages as well as opera stages. Her repertoire encloses not only classical pieces but also contemporary music. In recent years, she performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonics, Orchestra Rai Torino, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden in Moscow, Lisbon, and Amsterdam.

In season 2017/18 she will sing Glanert’s ‘Requiem for Hieronymus Bosch’ with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and Markus Stenz at the conductor’s stand at the Elbphilharmonie. On the opera stage she will take on the roles of Klytämnestra/Elektra at Theater Basel, Gräfin de la Roche/Die Soldaten under the baton of Francois-Xavier Roth at Opera Cologne, and Podtochina in Barrie Kosky’s staging of Shostakovich’s The Nose at the Komische Oper Berlin.


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Repertoire Concert

Bach, J.S. B minor mass
  BWV 1083 (nach Pergolesi)
  Christmas Oratorio
  St. John Passion
  St. Matthew Passion
Beethoven Symphony no. 9
Brahms Alt-Rhapsodie
Bruckner Te Deum
de Falla El amor brujo
  Siete Canciones Populares
Hindemith Des Todes Tod
  Die junge Magd
Händel Judas Maccabäus
Janacek Das Tagebuch eines Verschollenen
Mahler Symphony no. 2
  Symphony no. 3
  Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Mendelssohn Elias
Mozart Concert arias (e.g. KV 272, 383, 505)
Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Purcell Dido and Aeneas
Ravel Trois Poemes de St. Mallarmé
Reimann Eingedunkelt (Altsolo nach P.Celan)
Rihm Lieder nach Paul Celan
Rossini Petite Messe solennelle
  Stabat Mater
Shostakovich From Jewish Folk Poetry, Vocal cycle Op. 79
Stravinsky Pribautki
Wagner Wesendonck-Lieder
Weber Nachgelassene Stücke (nach George)
Wolf Der Corregidor

Repertoire Opera

Berg Wozzeck Marie
Bizet Carmen Carmen
Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream Hermina
Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice Orfeo
Händel Alcina Ruggiero
  Xerxes Amastris
Monteverdi L'Orfeo Messagiera
  L’incoronazione di Poppea Nerone
Mozart Betulia liberata Judita
  Così fan tutte Dorabella
  Die Zauberflöte 2. Dame, 3. Dame
  Le nozze di Figaro Cherubino
  Titus Sextus
Nicolai Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor Frau Reich
Offenbach Les contes d'Hoffmann Giulietta
    La Muse / Nicklausse
Pintscher Thomas Chatterton Mother
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Ciesca
  Il tabarro Frugola
  Manon Lescaut Musiker
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Rosina
  Il turco in Italia Donna Fiorilla
  L' Italiana in Algeri Isabella
  La Cenerentola Angelina
Strauss, J. Die Fledermaus Prinz Orlofsky
Strauss, R. Elektra 1.Magd
Ullmann Der Kaiser von Atlantis Trommler
Verdi Don Carlo Eboli
  Falstaff Meg Page
  Rigoletto Maddalena
Wagner Das Rheingold Fricka
  Der fliegende Holländer Mary
  Die Meistersinger v. Nürnberg Magdalene
  Die Walküre Fricka
  Götterdämmerung 2. Norn
  Tannhäuser Venus


One nose ahead: Premiere at Komische Oper Berlin
Following the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and a stopover in Sydney, Barry Kosky’s staging of Shostakovich’s The Nose celebrates its premiere at Berlin’s Komische Oper on the 16th of June. Performing the role of Podtochina is Ursula Hesse von den Steinen. You can experience “tap-dancing noses, riding rickshaw tables, colourful costumes” and, of course, great music on the following nights: 16th/24th/30th of June and 06th/14th of July.  


New CD: Glanert's "Requiem for Hieronymus Bosch" with the RCO under the baton of Markus Stenz
Excerpts and Information: 



Elektra / Theater Basel / 17.01.18 /

"einen phantastisch disponierten, weiten und herrlich ausgeglichenen Mezzosopran" 

Elektra / Theater Basel / 15.01.18 /

"weiss ihre kraftvolle und dramatische Stimme gekonnt einzusetzen" 

Elektra / Theater Basel / 15.01.18 /

"mit ihrer enormen Präsenz und ihrem farbenreichen, deunklen Mezzo" 

Elektra / Theater Basel / 15.01.18 /

"Ihr Mienenspiel und ihre intensive musikalische Gestaltung" 

Elektra / Theater Basel / 15.01.18 /

"volle Mezzosopranstimme und [...] ausgezeichnete Diktion" 

Requiem for Hieronymus / Concertgebouw Amsterdam / 07.11.16 /

"glittered with sinister elegance" 

Rusalka / Komische Oper Berlin / 23.10.16 /

"powerful high notes delivered with fierce intensity and sensuality"

Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald / Komische Oper Berlin / 23.05.16 /

"mit ihrem betörend warmen Mezzo" 
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