The German lyric baritone, Herbert Brauer, obtained his Abitur at a Humanistischen Gymnasium in Berlin. He studied first dentistry, then attended the Hochschule für Musikerziehung und Kirchenmusik in Berlin, and took up a music degree at the University. In 1942, he received a Ph.D. (Dissertation: Goethes Lieddichtung bei Franz Schubert und Hugo Wolf). In addition, from 1935 to 1939 he studied with Karl Schmitt-Walter and Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender.
In 1945 Herbert Brauer made his debut as an opera singer at the Berlin Staatsoper, where he was part of the ensemble until 1948 and worked with Walter Felsenstein. Other stage venues were Zürich and the Städtische Oper Berlin. In the course of his stage career, he sang numerous classic roles such as Besenbinder in Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck, Papageno in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Posa in Don Carlos, Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Czar Peter in Albert Lortzing's Zar und Zimmermann, Graf Eberbach in Der Wildschütz, Jupiter in Jacques Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, and Count Almaviva in W.A. Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, Pierrot in Die tote Stadt by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Guglielmo in W.A. Mozart's Così fan tutte, Venetian Merchant in Sadko by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss. On March 13, 1951, he appeared in the premiere of R. Oboussier's Amphitryon at the Städtische Oper Berlin, and on June 20, 1952 he sang the title role in the new version of Paul Hindemith's Cardillac in Zürich. He was also a concert and oratirio singer.
Moreover, Herbert Brauer, who was also a professor, taught at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Among his students were Josef Becker, Regina Jakobi, Lee Kwang-Keun, Karl Heinz Pinhammer, Kwangchul Youn and Jonathan de la Paz Zaens.
In addition Herbert Brauer took singing and speaking roles in various radio productions of SFB, RIAS, NWDR, BR and SDR. In addition, Brauer synchronized actors for song productions in vocal parts such as 1950 Claus Holm as Fluth in the DEFA production Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor.