German soprano Dorothea Herbert’s artistry has inspired critical praise and plaudits. The Westdeutsche Zeitung commended her for owning ‘a lot of passion in a voice that … shines very charmingly, which has warmth in the middle but also glows beautifully’. A finalist in the 2014 Wagner Society Singing Competition in London and a Richard Wagner Scholar in 2016, she was one of the youngest students in Germany ever to be selected for the Young Student Programme at Munich’s Richard Strauss Conservatory. Dorothea went on to graduate from Trinity College of Music in London, and completed her studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Opera Studio at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in cooperation with Welsh National Opera in Cardiff, where she was supported by the Leverhulme Foundation. She has taken part in masterclasses with some of the world’s leading singers, Christa Ludwig and Dame Anne Evans among them.
In recent seasons, Dorothea Herbert has become established on the stage of many European opera houses. She made her house debut at Semperoper Dresden in Weber’s Freischütz in 2019 and covered the role of Eva in the Salzburg Easter Festival production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Semperoper conducted by Christian Thielemann. Dorothea made her first appearance at the Nationaltheater Mannheim in 2017 as Amelia in Un ballo in Maschera and returned there in the 2018-19 season to perform Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. In the same season she was second cast in the title role in Christof Loy’s new production of Das Wunder der Heliane at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and made her debuts the following season as Salome at Theater Krefeld Mönchengladbach and as Gerhilde in Wagner’s Die Walküre at Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam under the baton of Marc Albrecht. In 2020, Dorothea made her debut at Theater an der Wien in Christof Loy’s production of Zazà.
Rave reviews followed Dorothea’s debut in the title role of Rusalka at Theater Krefeld in March 2020, prompting the Neue Ruhr Zeitung to predict that she ‘is on the brink of a really great career’ and Opernmagzin to conclude that ‘she convinced throughout the evening with a wonderfully balanced voice’.
Dorothea Herbert is set to make her UK debut in autumn 2021 as Leonore in Glyndebourne Touring’s new production of Fidelio, and release her first recording, Die stille Stadt…, an album of songs by Alma Mahler, Schreker and Korngold, on the independent Dutch label 7 Mountain Records. Other highlights of her forthcoming season include Wagner’s Sieglinde in concert performance at Staatstheater Darmstadt and again in a full production of Die Walküre in Chemnitz. She will also return to the role of Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer to make her house debut at the State Opera in Prague in 2022.