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Born in Flensburg, Germany, DOROTHEA RÖSCHMANN made a critically acclaimed début at the 1995 Salzburg Festival as Susanna with Harnoncourt and has since returned to the Festival many times to sing Donna Elvira, Countess Almaviva, Ilia, Servilia, Nannetta, Pamina and Vitellia, with conductors such as Abbado, Harding, Mackerras and von Dohnányi.

At the Metropolitan Opera 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 and Countess Almaviva with Pappano. At La Scala, Milan she has sung the Countess and has also sung Donna Elvira with the company in Moscow; at the Vienna Staatsoper she has appeared as the Countess and Susanna; and at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich she has sung Zerlina, Susanna, Ännchen, Marzelline, Anne Trulove and Rodelinda. She is also closely associated with the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin, where her roles include Ännchen with Mehta; Nannetta with Abbado; Eva, Elsa, Pamina, Fiordiligi, Susanna, Zerlina, Micäela, Donna Elvira and the Countess with Barenboim. She has also appeared at La Monnaie, Brussels as Norina and at the Bastille, Paris as the Countess and as Pamina. 

This season she will sing the Marschallin at the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin with Simon Rattle, and Countess Almaviva in Los Angeles with Gustavo Dudamel. Her future plans include returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the Vienna State Opera.  

Her recent concert appearances have included the Berlin Philharmonic with Rattle and Haitink, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Boulez, Harnoncourt and Barenboim, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Barenboim, the Munich Philharmonic with Levine, the Cleveland Orchestra with Welser-Möst, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra with Prêtre, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala with Steinberg and Barenboim, the Rotterdam Philharmonic with Nézet-Séguin, the Bayerischer Rundfunk with Harding, and the New York Philharmonic with Sir Colin Davis.

Her forthcoming concert engagements include the New York Philharmonic with Alan Gilbert, the Berlin Philharmonic with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala with Daniel Harding.

Her many recital appearances include Antwerp, Lisbon, Madrid, Cologne, Brussels, Oslo, New York, London, Vienna, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Edinburgh, Munich, and Schwarzenberg Festivals.

Her recordings include Countess Almaviva with Harnoncourt; Pamina and Nannetta with Abbado; Puccini's 'Suor Angelica' with Pappano; Strauss’ ‘Four Last Songs’ with Nézet-Séguin; Brahms’ ‘Requiem’ with Rattle (winner of a Grammy and Gramophone Award); Mahler’s Symphony No.4 with Harding; Handel's 'Neun Deutsche Arien' with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin; '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.