She was only 9 years of age when Dorothea Herbert entered the world of music. Her outstanding voice already aroused a lot of attention when she was invited to join the children’s choir at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich where she participated in over 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 in Munich being one of the youngest singing students in Germany ever selected for that program. There she started with KS Gudrun Wewezow and continued with Jennifer Trost. After graduating from Trinity College of Music in London, she completed her studies with Laura Sarti at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and at the Opera Studio of the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff in collaboration with RWCMD (kindly supported by the Leverhulme Foundation). She took part in several master classes and courses with Montserrat Caballé, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, KS Christa Ludwig and Anna Tomawa-Sintow and was finalist at the Wagner-Competition London in 2014. In 2016, she became scholarship holder of Richard Wagner Association in Venice and gave concerts in Venice and Bayreuth.
Her repertoire includes roles such as Senta (Der Fliegende Holländer), Donna Anna, Salome, Rusalka, Leonore (Fidelio), Eva (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Elsa, Rosalinde, Elisabetta (Don Carlo), Agathe, Chrysothemis and Arabella. Tom Floyd created the role of Scarlett in his new opera 'Shadow of the Wave' especially for her. The world premiere took place in Cardiff with its revival at Tête à Tête Festival in London. Dorothea Herbert sang her first Fidelio-Leonore at the Garsington Opera in 2015 and debuted as Elfe in Mendelssohn’s 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' under the baton of Ivor Bolton at the Salzburger Festspiele. In 2016-17, she made her debuts as Senta at the Bühnen Halle and Amelia (Un ballo in maschera) at the Stadttheater Bremerhaven shortly after. An invitation to sing Amelia at Nationaltheater Mannheim followed immediately.
In 2017-18 season, Dorothea Herbert was second cast for the title role in Christof Loy’s new production of ‘Das Wunder der Heliane’ at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and made her successful debut as Donna Anna in the new production of Don Giovanni at the Nationaltheater Mannheim.
In 2018-19, she returned to Mannheim as Donna Anna und made her debut as Agathe in 'Der Freischütz' at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe.
The 2019/20 season started with her debut as Salome at Theater Krefeld Mönchengladbach, the return to Karlsruhe for Freischütz’ Agathe and her debut as Gerhilde in Wagner’s Die Walküre at Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam under the baton of Marc Albrecht. In December 2019 Dorothea gave her house debut at Semperoper Dresden in Weber’s Freischütz and covered the role of Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in the iconic Salzburg Easter festival production at Semperoper Dresden under the baton of Christian Thielemann. Dorothea returned to the role of Fidelio in January and February 2020 at Theater Chemnitz and in spring 2020 Dorothea gave her debut in the title role of Rusalka for which she received raving reviews.
2020/21 highlights include her debut at Theater an der Wien in Christof Loy’s new production of Zazà as Floriana and La Signora Dufresne, her return to Nationaltheater Mannheim for Operettengalas, Sieglinde in Wagner's Walküre at Theater Krefeld and Gerhilde in Wagner’s Walküre at Semperoper Dresden under the baton of Christian Thielemann.