"Strauss’s Four Last Songs saw the appearance of the evening’s soprano soloist, Dorothea Herbert. The piece calls for some lengthy and challenging melisma throughout, which the soloist executed beautifully with great sensitivity and purity of voice. The sense of each song was well reflected in her dynamic range. [...] Dorothea Herbert rejoined for the 4th movement, once more treating us to her profound interpretation of the text and balance with the orchestra, bringing the symphony to a perfect and moving close." (Henry Raschen)
The young German soprano Dorothea Herbert has already been on the opera stage when she was a child. As a member of the children's choir of the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich, she participated in over 300 performances and at the age of 16, she was admitted to the Young Student Programme at the Richard Strauss Conservatoire as one of the youngest singing students in Germany ever selected. After graduating from Trinity College of Music in London with distinction, Dorothea Herbert completed her studies with a master at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and at the Opera Studio of the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff. In master classes and courses with Montserrat Caballé, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Christa Ludwig and Anna Tomawa-Sintow she got important inspirations. Dorothea Herbert is a prize-winner of numerous competitions; in 2014 she was a finalist at the Wagner-Competition London.
In September 2015, Dorothea Herbert sang at the Montserrat Caballé Gala Concert in Zaragoza and at a charity concert for Children of the Andes at the Britten Theatre in London. Further engagements in 2015 include Contessa in the new production of Le Nozze di Figaro at the Opera North and the soprano part of Mahlers Symphony No. 4 and Strauss’s Four last Songs at the Epsom Playhouse. In 2014, she made her debut as Fidelio-Leonore at the Garsington Opera in Great Britain and 2013, she debuted at the Salzburg Festival as Elfe in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream under the musical direction of Ivor Bolton. Tom Floyd created the role of Scarlett in his new opera Shadow of the Wave especially for Dorothea Herbert, the world premiere took place 2011 in Cardiff and later it was revived at the Tête à Tête Festival in London. As 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 Symphony No. 9 with Sir Colin Davis at the Barbican Centre.
Dorothea Herbert has a broad concert- and opera-repertoire, that includes amongst others Pergolesis’s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Händel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Schumann’s Myrthen Duets op. 78 and Rückert’s Minnespiel as well as the parts of Fiordiligi, Donna Anna, Contessa, Elettra, Rosalinde, Micaela, Elisabetta (Don Carlo), Agathe, Chrysothemis and the title part of Arabella.
Since 2016, she is holder of a scholarship of Richard Wagner Association in Venice within she could be heard in concerts in Venice and Bayreuth this summer. At the beginning of the season 2016/17, Dorothea Herbert has made her debut as Senta in a new production of Der Fliegende Holländer at the Bühnen Halle and guested at the Stadttheater Bremerhaven in the same role.