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, later with Jennifer Trost. After graduating from Trinity College of Music in London, she completed her studies 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, Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), 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 as 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 returns to Mannheim as Donna Anna und will make her debut as Agathe in 'Der Freischütz' at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. In 2019/20 she will give her debuts in the title roles of Salome and Rusalka at Theater Krefeld Mönchengladbach, return to Karlsruhe for Agathe and will guest as Gerhilde in Wagner’s Die Walküre at Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam under the baton of Marc Albrecht.