Mezzo-soprano Dorothea Spilger, born in Landshut, Germany, graduated from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich in 2013. There she studied under the tutalege of Prof. Fenna Kügel-Seifried, earning a degree in both opera and concert-singing.
Some of her highlights on the opera-stage have been Prinz Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Ruggiero in Alcina, Ramiro in La finta giardiniera, Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Sesto in La clemenza di Tito. She has performed at Opéra National de Lyon where she gave her debut as Lapak in Janáček’s Cunning little Vixen and also sang the 3rd Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
In the 2014/15 season she sang Nerone in L’incoronazione di Poppea and Siébel in Faust at the Theater Erfurt (Germany). In 2015/16 she worked as a guest-singer at Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, the National Theatre Prague and Tiroler Festspiele Erl. In 2016/17 she performed as a soloist at Teatro alla Scala in Milano, where she could be seen in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and as the alto-soloist in Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium under the baton of Fabio Luisi. In September 2017 she gave her debut as Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel at the Teatro alla Scala.
Most recently she has sung Lisa in Weinberg’s The Passenger at Danish National Opera and Amalia in Giordano’s Mala Vita at the Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland.
During her studies, Dorothea Spilger has been a scholar of the Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung and received a scholarship from Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now, in 2014. She is a laureate of the competition Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, the Competizione dell’opera, the International Johannes-Brahms-Competition for Song, and the International Antonín-Dvořák-competition for Opera and Song. Dorothea has also recorded a solo-programme with the symphony-orchestra of the Czech Radio Prague of opera-arias in 2015 under the baton of Ondřej Lenard.