German designer Gesine Völlm made her Royal Opera debut in 2013, creating costume designs for Les Vêpres siciliennes, directed by Stefan Herheim. In the 2019/20 Season she designs costumes for Jenufa, in her first collaboration with director Claus Guth.
Völlm was born in southern Germany 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, and directors such as Frank Castorf, Jossi Wieler and Christoph Marthaler. She has collaborated for many years with Stefan Herheim, their productions including Lohengrin (Berlin State Opera), Der Rosenkavalier (Stuttgart), Parsifal (Bayreuth Festival), 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 (Dutch National Opera). She also works regularly with director Philipp Himmelman, including on Manon Lescaut (Hamburg), Mefistofele (Baden Baden), Aida (Deutsche Oper am Rhein) and Norma (Bremen). Other directors with whom she regularly collaborates include Johannes Erath, Dietrich Hilsdorf, Nicola Raab and Elisabeth Stöppler.
Völlm has four times been awarded the Opernwelt prize for best costume design, for Der Rosenkavalier, Parsifal, and in 2014 for both Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Les Vêpres siciliennes, all with Herheim.