Dorothea Röschmann is a German soprano who has been establishing a notable career in Germany and abroad since the mid 1990s.
She undertook vocal studies at the Hamburg Musikhoschschule, then studied at the Akademie für Alte Musik in Bremen. She traveled to New York and Los Angeles to attend master classes, and for finishing touches studied in London in 1992 with Vera Rozsa.
She became a member of the company of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin. There she has sung, among other roles, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Ännchen in Der Freischütz with Zubin Mehta conducting, Nanetta in Verdi's Falstaff with Claudio Abbado, Cupido in Semele under René Jacobs, and Elmira in Keiser's Croesus, again with Jacobs on the podium.
She debuted at the Salzburg Festival as Susanna in a new production of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro in 1995, a portrayal she was invited to repeat there in 1996 and 1998. Her 1997 appearance at Salzburg was as Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito, and in 1999 she sang Pamina in The Magic Flute under Christoph von Dohnányi. Also in 1995, she made her first appearance as a guest artist with the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and at the Munich Opera Festival, singing Ännchen, Susanna, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Drusilla in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, and Marzelline in Beethoven's Fidelio. She debuted at La Monnaie of Brussels as Norina in Donizetti's Don Pasquale.
At her home base at the Unter den Linden theater, meanwhile, she was scheduled to sing leading roles in an integral production of the Mozart-Da Ponte operatic cycle, repeating the roles of Susanna and Zerlina, and as Despina in Così fan tutte. In the new century, she was scheduled to sing Almirena in a new production of Handel's Rinaldo at the Munich Opera Festival in 2000 and Pamina at the National Opéra of Paris; in 2001 to sing Nanetta at the Salzburg Easter Festival under Claudio Abbado, and Ann Trulove in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress in 2002 in a new production at the Munich Festival. In the same year, she was scheduled to make her debut with the Chicago Lyric Opera as Pamina.
She also frequently sings on major concert stages. Her American concert debut was with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim in 1999 in Brahms' A German Requiem, also appearing in the same work with Barenboim in that year's Berlin Festival Days. She has also worked in concert with Harnoncourt, Mehta, Thomas Hengelbrock, Philippe Herreweghe, Jacobs, Charles Mackerras, and Antonio Pappano, and was scheduled to sing in concert with the London Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Vienna Philharmonic. She is an avid song recitalist, and as such as visited the stages of New York's Lincoln Center and the Munich Opera Festival.
Her recordings include a Handel's Messiah with Paul McCreesh on Deutsche Grammophon, Puccini's Sour Angelica under Antonio Pappano, and as Orasia in Telemann's Orpheus under René Jacobs, a recording that has won prestigious recording awards.