In the 2013/14 Season German designer Gesine Völlm makes her Royal Opera debut creating the costume designs for Stefan Herheim's new production of Les Vêpres siciliennes.
Völlm was born in Sindelfingen and studied stage and costume design under Jürgen Rose at the Stuttgart National Academy of the Performing Arts. She worked as design assistant in Hamburg with designers including Anna Viebrock, Barbara Bürck and Corinna Bethge before becoming freelance. She is a regular collaborator with Herheim, creating costume designs for his productions of Lohengrin (Berlin State Opera), Der Rosenkavalier (Stuttgart), Lulu (Copenhagen, Oslo and Dresden), Salome (Salzburg Easter Festival), Rusalka (Semperoper Dresden, La Monnaie, Brussels), Manon Lescaut (Graz), Serse (Berlin and Bergen), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Salzburg Festival) and Eugene Onegin (Netherlands Opera). She also works regularly with Philipp Himmelman, designing costumes for his productions of Manon Lescaut (Hamburg) and Norma (Bremen).
She has twice been awarded the Opernwelt prize for best costume design, for Der Rosenkavalier and Parsifal with Herheim.