German designer Gesine Völlm made her Royal Opera debut in 2013, creating costume designs for Les Vêpres siciliennes, directed by Stefan Herheim.
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 a design assistant in Hamburg with such designers as Anna Viebrock, Barbara Bürck and Corinna Bethge, before becoming a freelance designer. She is a regular collaborator with Herheim, their productions including Lohengrin (Berlin State Opera), Der Rosenkavalier (Stuttgart), Lulu (Copenhagen, Oslo and Dresden), Salome (Salzburg Easter Festival), Rusalka (Semperoper Dresden and La Monnaie, Brussels), Manon Lescaut (Graz), Serse (Berlin and Bergen), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Salzburg Festival), Le nozze di Figaro (Hamburg) and Eugene Onegin (Netherlands Opera). She also works regularly with director Philipp Himmelman, including on Manon Lescaut (Hamburg) and Norma (Bremen).
Völlm has twice been awarded the Opernwelt prize for best costume design, for Der Rosenkavalier and Parsifal with Herheim.