Henriette Gottlieb

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Plaque at the Festspielpark Bayreuth memorial to Henriette Gottlieb and Ottilie Metzger

Henriette Gottlieb (Berlin, 1884 - Łódź Ghetto, 2 January 1942) was a German soprano.[1][2]

Gottlieb was born in Berlin. She performed the Wagnerian role of Brünnhilde in the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, in a 1928 performance of Der Ring der Nibelung, when she was a young and promising singer.

She performed in the premieres of the operas Die Hügelmühle by Friedrich Koch (Berlin, 1918) and Holofernes of Emil von Reznicek (Berlin, 1923). Following the Nazi ban on Jewish performers, she lived in Berlin until she was deported to the Łódź Ghetto (in the General Government region of occupied Poland) in 1941. She died on 2 January 1942.

She was noted for her performances and recordings of Wagner's Brünnhilde:


— "The cast also includes the diminutive soprano Henriette Gottlieb, a fine singer who perished at Auschwitz 13 years later. Gottlieb makes a decidedly feminine Brunnhilde (more a Lehmann than a Leider) and von Hoesslin's conducting generates considerable excitement. The untameable 78rpm originals have been dealt with as skilfully as possible, using copies"[3]



  1. ^ Hannes Heer, Jürgen Kesting, Peter Schmidt Verstummte Stimmen: die Vertreibung der "Juden" aus der Oper 1933 2008 Henriette Gottlieb - geb. 1884 Berlin - 1913 bis 1932 Städtische Oper Berlin - Deportation nach Lodz dort am 2. 1. 1942 umgekommen .
  2. ^ Deutsche National-Discographie - Page 745 Rainer E. Lotz - 2001 - Snippet view - More editions Henriette Gottlieb Sopran (geb. 1884 in Berlin, gest. 1943 in?), Nach dem Debüt 1909-l3 am Stadttheater von Plauen i, S. wechselte sie 1913-1934 an die Städtische Oper (Deutsches Opernhaus) in Berlin. Gasttauftritte u.a. in Amsterdam (1928), Bayreuth (Festspiele, 1927-30), Paris (Théâtre des Champs Elysées, 1930), Mitwirkung in der Uraufführung der Oper „Die Hügelmühle" von Friedrich Koch (Berlin, 1918) und der Oper von E.N. von Reznicek (Berlin, 1923), Nach dem Berufsverbot durch die Nazis lebte sie in Berlin und wurde um 1941 in ein Vernichtungslager verschleppt."
  3. ^ The gramophone 77 p923-927
  4. ^ Opera on record: 1 Alan Blyth - 1979 "A justly famous performance was that in which Erna Berger and Henriette Gottlieb were joined in quixotic but successful casting by the dramatic tenor Marcel Wittrisch and baritone Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (DB 4417; LV120)"

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