The young mezzo Ilme Stahnke grew up in Bargfeld-Stegen, Northern Germany, the daughter of a church musician and a pastor. She has been playing the piano since the age of six and gained her first singing experience in her mother’s congregation.

At the age of 15, she started taking voice lessons with Eva-Christine Reimer and later with Katja Pieweck.

Her interest in music and voice were deepened by internships in the sound engineering department of the Hamburg State Opera as well as in a speech therapy practice and in teaching   a children’s choir with a focus on vocal development.

Since the winter semester of 2016, Ilme has been studying for a bachelor’s in voice in the studio of KS Prof. Christiane Iven at the University of Music and Theater Munich.

In May of 2017, she had her role debut as Nireno in “Giulio Cesare” by G.F. Handel in a university production.

In the summer semester of 2017, the young singer became a scholarship recipient of the Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst.