Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano)
Born: 17th June 1967, Flensburg, Germany
Dorothea Röschmann was born in Flensburg in 1967 and trained at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg; her breakthrough performance was as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at the Salzburg Festival in 1995 under Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Mozart would remain central to her repertoire for the next two decades: she sings the FigaroCountess on DVDs from Covent Garden (‘an unusually active, passionate woman’ – Gramophone) and Harnoncourt’s Salzburg production from 2006, Pamina on Claudio Abbado’s acclaimed Zauberflöte from 2006, Susanna on Daniel Barenboim’s 1999 DVD of Figaro, and recorded an all-Mozart album with Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2015 (‘Röschmann, in her late forties, is at the height of her powers, with a strong voice which she can rein in, and without the coy pecking that German sopranos have often indulged in in Mozart.’ – BBC Music Magazine). Her repertoire also includes Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello, Agathe in Der Freischütz, the title-role in Jenůfa, and Strauss’s Marschallin.
Her discography includes Simon Rattle’s acclaimed recording of Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, the St Matthew Passion with Harnoncourt, a Grammy-winning recital of Schumann and Berg lieder with Mitsuko Uchida, and Nannetta on Claudio Abbado’s 2001 recording of Falstaff.