The German contralto, Cornelia Rosenthal, had her first music lessons at the age of five. From 1996 she studied singing at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig under Jürgen Kurth, graduating in 2002. She was also coached by Jeanette Favaro-Reuter and Karin Mitzscherling, and took part in master-classes with Iris Vermillion (Bachwoche Stuttgart) and Annette Markert.
As a freelance oratorio and concert singer, Cornelia Rosenthal performs all over Germany, Denmark, Hungary and the USA, including appearances at the Music Summer in Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Rheingau Music Festival, Bachfest Leipzig, Köthener Bach Festtage, Thüringer Bachwochen, Magdeburg Telemann Festival, the Thüringer Orgelsommer and Quedlinburg Music Summer. She works with the Thomanerchor Leipzig, and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the amici musicae, choir and orchestra Leipzig, the Leipziger Barockorchester, and the Halle and Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestras, and she has collaborated in a number of recordings and broadcasts. Her main repertoire centres on works of the Baroque and Romantic periods. She complements her solo work by singing in different ensembles such as the Immortal Bach Ensemble (formerly known as the Gewandhaus Chamber Choir) and the MDR Choir.