Born in Cologne, Ursula Hesse von den Steinen studied at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin and participated in masterclasses with Brigitte Fassbänder, Christa Ludwig and Aribert Reimann.
As a permanent soloist with Semperoper in Dresden, she built up her repertoire as a mezzo-soprano. Guest appearances at houses including the Muziektheater in Amsterdam, La Monnaie in Brussels and the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse soon followed.
She established a reputation singing Marie in Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, Fricka in Wagner’s Das Rheingold and contemporary roles in such operas as Peter Eötvös’s Die Tragödie des Teufels. As a concert artist, she focuses on works by composers ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach to Jörg Widmann.
Ursula Hesse von den Steinen will be making her first guest appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the 2016–17 season.