David Steffens was born in Bavaria.
He studied voice at Mozarteum University Salzburg with Horiana Branisteanu and in the Lied class of Wolfgang Holzmair. During his studies he was a scholar of the episcopal study foundation Cusanuswerk in Bonn. Being the best graduate in 2011 he was awarded the Lilli Lehmann Medal by the International Foundation Mozarteum. In the same year he also received the Gottlob Frick Medal for talented young singers.
He attended master classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Ruggero Raimondi, Christa Ludwig, Thomas Hampson, Helmut Deutsch, Rudolf Piernay, Francisco Araiza and Thomas Moser.
In 2010 he made his debut at Salzburg State Theatre as Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro. 2011/12 David Steffens was part of the International Opera Studio at Zurich Opera House. He participated in the Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project in 2012.
From 2012 to 2014 he was engaged at Klagenfurt State Theatre.
In 2015 he joined the ensemble at Stuttgart State Opera where he performed as the lead character in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Sarastro, the 1st Nazarene in Salome, Prince Gremin in Onegin and the Hermit in Der Freischütz.
He made guest appearances at Teatro Real Madrid, Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, Volksoper Wien, National Theatre Prague, Opéra national de Lyon, St. Gallen Theatre, Teatro Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste, Opéra de Lausanne, the Salzburg Mozartwoche and Salzburg Summer Festival.
Among the most important roles he has already interpreted are Osmin (Entführung aus dem Serail), Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau (Rosenkavalier, debut 2013 in Klagenfurt), Rocco (Fidelio), the Hermit (Freischütz) and Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro). In 2016 he gave his successful debut as King Heinrich in Wagner’s Lohengrin.
David Steffens’ concert engagements include performances at Leipzig Gewandhaus, Schubertiade Hohenems, Herkulessaal Munich, Teatro Manzoni Bologna, Malmö Symphony Hall and the Great Hall of Mozarteum Salzburg where he was invited to perform at the centennial jubilee concert. In 2017 he sang in Mahler’s 8th Symphony under the baton of Kent Nagano at the Montréal Symphony Hall.
He has already performed with renown orchestras like the Berlin Philharmonics, Montréal Symphony Orchestra, MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, camerata Salzburg, Orchestra of Bologna, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, René Jacobs, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Ingo Metzmacher, Ivor Bolton, Christoph von Dohnànyi, Peter Schneider, Lothar Zagrosek and Zubin Metha.
In the upcoming season 2018/19 David Steffens will debut as Kaspar in Der Freischütz at Strasbourg Opera, appear again as Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau at Chemnitz Opera and will return as Osmin to Düsseldorf.