Born in Flensburg, Germany, Dorothea Röschmann was a member of the Ensemble at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin where, in 2016, she was awarded the title of Kammersängerin. Closely associated with the theatre, her roles there include Agathe; Ännchen with Mehta; Nannetta with Abbado; Eva, Elsa, Pamina, Fiordiligi, Susanna, Zerlina, Micäela, Donna Elvira, the Countess with Barenboim, the Marschallin with Sir Simon Rattle.
In 1995, she made a critically acclaimed début at the Salzburg Festival as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and has returned to the Festival many times to sing Donna Elvira, Countess Almaviva, Ilia, Servilia, Nannetta, Pamina, Florinda and Vitellia, with conductors such as Abbado, Harding, Mackerras and von Dohnányi. In the 2014 festival, she returned to sing Florinda in Fierrabras with Ingo Metzmacher and to the Easter Festival in 2016 for Desdemona in Otello with Christian Thielemann.
At the Teatro alla Scala Milan she has sung the Countess and Florinda, also Donna Elvira on tour with the company at the Bolshoi with Daniel Barenboim. At the Wiener Staatsoper she has appeared as the Countess, Donna Elvira, Susanna, Marschallin and Jenufa. At the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, she has sung Zerlina, Susanna, Ännchen, Marzelline, Anne Trulove, Elvira, Rodelinda and in 2019 made her role debut as Alceste. Elsewhere in Europe she has appeared at La Monnaie, Brussels as Norina and at the Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris as the Countess and as Pamina. At the Metropolitan Opera, New York she has sung Susanna, Pamina, Elvira and Ilia with Levine and, at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden her roles have included Pamina and Fiordiligi with Sir Colin Davis, Countess Almaviva with Sir Antonio Pappano and Donna Elvira.
Recent concert highlights include Wesendonck Lieder with Robin Ticciati / Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Drei Bruchstücke aus Wozzeck with Daniel Harding / Berliner Philharmoniker. Additionally, she has sung Strauss Vier letzte Lieder with Daniel Barenboim / Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Harding / Filarmonica della Scala, Antonio Pappano in Rome, Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Rotterdam and Zubin Mehta in Valencia, as well as the title role of Theodora at Carnegie Hall with Harry Bicket and the English Concert, Faustszenen with Daniel Harding / Berliner Philharmoniker, a European tour with Marris Jansons / Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Mahler Symphony No. 4, Berg Sieben frühe Lieder with Marc Albrecht / Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Dido in Dido and Aeneas at Carnegie Hall with Les Violons du Roy. This season she sings Wesendonck Lieder with Karina Canellakis / Orchestre de Paris, Tove in Gurre-Lieder with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Rückert-Lieder with Rafael Payare / San Diego Symphony, Sascha Goetzel / Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Berg Sieben frühe Lieder with Sir Simon Rattle / London Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven Choral Fantasy with Louis Langrée / Cincinnati Symphony.
A renowned recitalist, she has appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Het Concertgebouw, Wiener Konzerthaus and in Antwerp, Lisbon, Madrid, Cologne, Brussels, Oslo and at the Edinburgh, Munich, and Schwarzenberg Festivals. She sang with Daniel Barenboim at the Schiller Theater in Berlin in 2013 and will sing with him again this season at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin. She has also appeared with Mitsuko Uchida at the Lucerne Festival, London’s Wigmore Hall and on tour in the USA, culminating in a recital at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The live recording from Wigmore Hall won the ‘Best Solo Vocal Album’ at the 2017 Grammy Awards.
Her other recordings include Countess Almaviva with Harnoncourt; Pamina and Nannetta with Abbado; Puccini Suor Angelica with Pappano; Strauss Vier letzte Lieder with Nézet-Séguin; Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem with Rattle (winner of a Grammy and Gramophone Award); Mahler Symphony No.4 with Harding; Handel's Neun deutsche Arien with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin; The Messiah with McCreesh; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with David Daniels and Fabio Biondi and a disc of Schumann songs with Ian Bostridge and Graham Johnson. She has released two CDs on the Sony Classical label; in 2014, her debut recital album Portraits, and in 2015, a greatly anticipated recording of Mozart arias with Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, both discs have received great critical acclaim.
2019 | 2020
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Arias
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Label: Sony | 2015
Robert Schumann: Frauenlieben und Leben & Alban Berg: Sieben frühe Lieder
Piano: Mitsuko Uchida
Label: Decca | 2015
Portraits: Songs by Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Wolf
Piano: Malcolm Martineau
Label: Sony | 2014
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
Ildebrando d’Arcangelo, Dorothea Röschmann, Anna Prohaska, Lauri Vasar, Marianne Crebassa
Staatskapelle Berlin | Staatsopernchor Dresden
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
Director: Jürgen Flimm
Label: Accentus | 2018