Biography

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 the Semperoper in Dresden, building her repertoire under conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Pinchas Steinberg, Semyon Bychkov, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Riccardo Chailly, and Michael Boder. From there her path rapidly led her to all the important European stages in Amsterdam, Munich, Berlin, Vienna, Brussels, Barcelona, Toulouse, Glyndebourne, and Paris, singing the fach-roles of the German and Italian repertoire.

With a sensational debut as Fricka/Rheingold in Karlsruhe, Ursula Hesse von den Steinen began her development in the Wagner-fach. Since then she sang Fricka in various Walküre productions, including in Riga (Stefan Herheim), Essen (Dietrich Hilsdorf) and Nuremberg. In Mannheim she could be seen as Venus in Tannhäuser, followed by Adriano/Rienzi in Riga. Most recently she debuted as Ortrud in Lohengrin in Bern.

Highlights of the past seasons were Herodias/Salome in Klagenfurt, Klytämnestra/Elektra at Theater Basel, Foreign Princess/Rusalka and Podtochina in Barrie Kosky‘s staging of Shostakovich‘s The Nose at Komische Oper Berlin, Margret/Wozzeck at De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam, and Matilde/Lotario at the International Handel Festival Göttingen, and in the concert field Glanert’s Requiem for Hieronymus Bosch with the orchestra of Concertgebouw Amsterdam as well as with the Hamburg Symphonic at the Elphilharmonie, both under the baton of Markus Stenz.

Engagements in season 2018/19 include Matilde/Lotario at Stadttheater Bern, Foreign Princess and Jezibaba/Rusalka in Klagenfurt, Irene/Theodora at the Potsdamer Winteroper, Waltraute at a concertante performance of Die Walküre with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski at the Royal Festival Hall (London), and Fricka/Die Walküre at Teatro di San Carlo.
 
In the concert field, the artist worked with such institutions as Concerto Köln, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Sächsische Staatskapelle, Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre national de Paris under Michael Gielen, Vladimir Jurowski, Markus Stenz, Eliahu Inbal, Riccardo Chailly, and Pierre Boulez.
 
CD recordings with lieder by Reimann, Rihm, Webern, and Widmann as well as the „Echo“ awardee Das lange Weihnachtsmahl by Hindemith under Marek Janowski and Glanert’s Requiem for Hieronymus Bosch under Markus Stenz document her career.

Management

General Management

Artist Manager
 
 
 
 
Boris Orlob
Managing Director
boris@orlob.net 
Mobil: +49-172-8 51 55 14

Repertoire

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
  Messiah
Janacek Das Tagebuch eines Verschollenen
Mahler Symphony no. 2
  Symphony no. 3
  Kindertotenlieder
  Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
  Wunderhornlieder
Mendelssohn Elias
Mozart Concert arias (e.g. KV 272, 383, 505)
  Requiem
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 Lulu Gräfin Geschwitz
  Wozzeck Marie
Bizet Carmen Carmen
    Mercedes
Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream Hermina
Dvorak Rusalka Foreign Princess
    Jezibaba
Gluck Orpheus und Eurydike Orpheus
Händel Alcina Ruggiero
  Xerxes Amastris
    Xerxes
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 Frau Reich
Offenbach Les contes d'Hoffmann Giulietta
    La Muse / Nicklausse
Pintscher Thomas Chatterton Mutter
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Ciesca
    Zita
  Il tabarro Frugola
  Manon Lescaut Musiker
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Rosina
  Il turco in Italia Donna Fiorilla
    Zaida
  L' Italiana in Algeri Isabella
  La Cenerentola Angelina
Shostakovich The Nose Podtotschina
Strauss, J. Die Fledermaus Prinz Orlofsky
Strauss, R. Elektra Klytämnestra
    1. Magd
  Salome Herodias
Ullmann Der Kaiser von Atlantis Trommler
Verdi Don Carlo Eboli
  Falstaff Meg Page
  Rigoletto Maddalena
Wagner Das Rheingold Fricka
    Wellgunde
  Der fliegende Holländer Mary
  Die Meistersinger v. Nürnberg Magdalene
  Die Walküre Fricka
    Roßweiße
  Götterdämmerung 2. Norn
    Waltraute
    Wellgunde
  Lohengrin Ortrud
  Tannhäuser Venus
Weill Die 7 Todsünden Anna

News

2 in 1 in Klagenfurt
Right at the beginning of the new season lies a true season highlight, when Ursula Hesse von den Steinen will be on stage in Stadttheater Klagenfurt’s new production Rusalka, performing not just one, but two roles. With premiere on September 13th and alongside Pumeza Matshikiza in the title role as well as Robert Watson as Prince, she can be seen and heard in the roles of Foreign Princess and the witch Jezibaba. The production is staged by Eva-Marie Höckmayr and conducted by Nicholas Carter.
Further performance dates: 15/18/20/22/26/28.09. and
05/10/13/20.10.

Latest

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

Press

 

Elektra / Theater Basel / 17.01.18 / peterhagmann.com


"einen phantastisch disponierten, weiten und herrlich ausgeglichenen Mezzosopran" 

Elektra / Theater Basel / 15.01.18 / bzbasel.ch


"weiss ihre kraftvolle und dramatische Stimme gekonnt einzusetzen" 

Elektra / Theater Basel / 15.01.18 / nzz.ch


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

Elektra / Theater Basel / 15.01.18 / bazonline.ch


"Ihr Mienenspiel und ihre intensive musikalische Gestaltung" 

Elektra / Theater Basel / 15.01.18 / der-neue-merker.eu


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

Requiem for Hieronymus / Concertgebouw Amsterdam / 07.11.16 / bachtrack.com


"glittered with sinister elegance" 

Rusalka / Komische Oper Berlin / 23.10.16 / bachtrack.com


"powerful high notes delivered with fierce intensity and sensuality"

Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald / Komische Oper Berlin / 23.05.16 / morgenpost.de


"mit ihrem betörend warmen Mezzo" 
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