After first engagements in Hannover, Kaiserslautern and Dortmund Barbara Dobrzanska joined the ensemble of the Karlsruhe Opera House in 2002, where she quickly became a favourite with both critics and the audience.
Here, she developed a large repertoire of lyric and lirico-spinto roles such as the title roles in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut and Tosca, Verdi’s Luisa Miller and Dvorak’s Rusalka, Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème, Liù in Turandot, Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, Desdemona in Otello, Elisabetta in Don Carlo, Amalia in I Masnadieri, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, Maria in Tchaikovsky's Mazeppa, Tatiana in Jevgenij Onegin, Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen, Antonia in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, Rosalinde in Strauß’s Die Fledermaus, Margherita and Elena in Boito’s Mefistofele, Roxane in Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac, Maddalena in Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Julia in La vestale and Marta in Weinberg's The Passenger.
In recent years Dobrzanska gradually enlarged her repertoire with more dramatic roles, making her debuts as Tosca, La Gioconda, Kat'a Kabanová and Amelia in Un ballo in maschera in Karlsruhe; as Norma in Krefeld; Leonora in La forza del destino in Darmstadt and most recently as Turandot in Hof and Verdi's Lady Macbeth in Karlsruhe.
In 2017 Dobrzanska makes her house debut at the Semperoper Dresden as Marta in a new production of The Passenger and sings her first Adriana Lecouvreur in Karlsruhe, where she also performs Anna Chamberlain in the world premiere of Wahnfried and Tosca.
In 2017/18 she will sing Micaela in Carmen at the Semperoper Dresden and Amelia Grimaldi in a new production of Simon Boccanegra in Karlsruhe.
Apart from Barbara Dobrzanska’s engagement at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, she sang aria concerts with the Munich Symphonic Orchestra and appeared at the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm, at the Vienna Musikverein and in Rome in memory of the Pope in the soprano part of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem; as Madama Butterfly and Suor Angelica at Graz Opera, Madama Butterfly at Budapest’s Philharmonic Hall as well as at Staatstheater Nürnberg, Manon Lescaut in Kassel and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in Kaiserslautern. She also performed in Essen, Freiburg, Mannheim, Stuttgart, Regensburg, Warsaw, Krakow, Cagliari, at Liederhalle Stuttgart and at Festspielhaus Salzburg.
Barbara Dobrzanska has worked with conductors such as Leopold Hager, Jacques Delacôte, Carlo Montanaro, Pier Giorgio Morandi and Hans Wallat and shared the stage with singers like Giuseppe Giacomini, Josè Cura, Giovanna Casolla, Johan Botha, Anja Silja, Hildegard Behrens, Martha Mödl, Denyce Graves and Franz Grundheber.
Barbara Dobrzanska’s CD recordings include Mahler’s 8th Symphony and an operatic aria CD on which she can be heard in excerpts of Madama Butterfly and Suor Angelica.