She was only 9 years of age when Dorothea Herbert entered the world of music. Her outstanding voice already at that early stage aroused a lot of attention and she was invited to join the children’s choir at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich where she participated in 300 performances. Ever since, Opera has become her life.
At the age of 16, she was admitted to the Young Student Program at the Richard-Strauss-Conservatory being one of the youngest singing students in Germany ever selected for that program, where she studied with ‘Kammersängerin’ Gudrun Wewezow and Jennifer Trost.
After graduating from Trinity College of Music in London with distinction, Dorothea studied – under the guidance of Laura Sarti - at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she completed her Masters Degree in Opera Performance.
She then worked with Suzanne Murphy and Michael Pollock at the new opera studio at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in collaboration with the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff, being kindly supported by the Leverhulme Foundation.
As a representative of Guildhall School she sang the English National Songs with the Military Orchestra at the Guildhall in the City of London and performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Sir Colin Davis at the Barbican.
She has given recitals all over the United Kingdom, as well as Germany, France, USA and Japan. Her most recent performances include a solo concert in “The Arts Club” in London, the soprano solos in Mahler’s Symphony No.4 (Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra), Pergolesi´s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Händel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, the Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss (Sampson Orchestra), ‘The Last Night of the Croydon Proms’ (Croydon Symphony Orchestra) and a charity concert in Westminster Parliament with the renowned pianist Christopher Glynn.
Dorothea has a deep passion for “Lieder” and she is striving to maintain and further develop her repertoire. She performed Schumann´s Myrthen, Duets op.78 and the Minnespiel v. Rückert during the Schumann festival and she also took part in the Iain Burnside City of London Festival Concerts.
Dorothea gave her operatic debut as Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute for Village Opera in London in 2008. Her operatic roles to-date include: Fiordiligi (Cosí fan tutte), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Agathe (Der Freischütz), Anne Trulove (The Rake`s Progress), Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), Elettra (Idomeneo), Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes), Arabella (Arabella) and Donna Eleonora (Prima la musica, poi le parole).
Tom Floyd wrote for Dorothea the part of Scarlett in his new opera "Shadow of the Wave", which was premiered in Cardiff in 2011 and later revived at the "Têtê a Têtê Festival" in London in 2012.
Michael Tanner of "The Spectator" reviewed her performance as follows: "The role of Scarlett, the seductive and unbalanced sister-in-law, was impressively well performed in all respects by Dorothea Herbert; she alone had a lengthy and demanding solo, and made me want to see her in something I know."
Dorothea made her debut as an Elfe at the "Salzburg Festival 2013" in Ein Sommernachtstraum by Mendelssohn- Bartholdy conducted by Ivor Bolton. In 2014 she is covering Fidelio's Leonore for Garsington Opera conducted by Douglas Boyd and in 2015 she will be covering the Countess in Jo Davies's new production of The Marriage of Figaro for Opera North.
She was awarded the "Elias Soprano Prize" in 2011 and the Jellinek Award after performing with the Guildford Symphony Orchestra in 2010. Also in 2010, she was awarded "Britten Pears Young Artist" performing Mozart scenes and taking part in the Richard Strauss Masterclass with Roger Vignoles in Aldeburgh. Dorothea was further selected to take part in the BBC masterclass with Dame Kiri te Kanawa for the "BBC Kiri Prize 2010" and a public masterclass with Anna Tomowa- Sintow at the "Richard- Strauss- Festival" in Garmisch- Partenkirchen in 2013. She won the special prize for best German Lied and French melody at the "45th Annual Francisco Vinas Singing Contest" in Barcelona and was a finalist of the " Croydon Concerto Competition" in London performing with the Croydon Symphony Orchestra in the Fairfield Hall. Dorothea was also a finalist at the "Elisabeth Schumann Competition" and a semi- finalist at the "Hilde- Zadek Competition" and the "28th Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition" in Vienna 2009. Most recently Dorothea reached the final at the Wagner Society Singing Competition in London 2014.
Dorothea has worked with famous artists such as "Kammersängerin" Christa Ludwig, Roger Vignoles, Sir Colin Davis, Malcolm Martineau, Dennis O' Neill, Christine Brewer, Anna Tomowa- Sintow, Sarah Walker, Graham Johnson, Dame Anne Evans, Donald Maxwell, Nathalie Dessay and Dame Kiri te Kanawa. She continues her studies with KS Christa Ludwig in Vienna and with Buddug Verona James in London.