Born: December 21, 1897 - Frankenthal/Pfalz, Germany
Died: April 17, 2000 - Amsterdam, the Netherlands
The German-Jewish contralto, Paula Lindberg ((Née: Paula Levy)), received her training mainly with Julius von Raatz-Brockmann in Berlin.
Paula Lindberg became in the 1920's one the most well-known German concert alto singers. She appeared as a soloist in L.v. Beethoven's 9th Symphony, in Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) by J.S. Bach, in Messiah by George Frideric Handel, in Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler, and performed an extensive concert repertoire. She appeared often in works from the Baroque era. From Berlin she went to an expanded concert activity. On the other hand she could be heard on the opera stage in only one role, as Erda in Der Ring des Nibelungen. In 1929 she sang at the Grand Théâtre Geneva. During she was based in Berlin. As a Jewish in Germany she had hard times in the years after 1933. In 1937 she still appeared in concerts of the Jewish Culture Federation in Berlin, however could leave Germany then and flee to Holland. After the occupation of this country in 1940 by the German troops, she was arrested and kidnapped to a concentration camp, however could get over this terrible time and return to Holland.
After the war Paula Lindberg became highly outstanding teacher and still worked as such in the 1960's in Amsterdam. After her marriage she also appeared under the name Paula Lindberg-Salomon.
Recordings: on Parlophon; although Paula Lindberg was not actually an opera singer, she sings on this label in a selection from the opera Martha by Flotow the role of Nancy, also Rheintoechterterzett from Götterdämmerung with Elisabeth Kühnlein and Alfhild Petzet under Max von Schillimgs; on Derba scenes from Carmen. For the Jewish company Lukraphon she recorded on Parlophon Jewish sacred music, in which participated also Joseph Schmidt.