Pamela Rosenberg was born in Los Angeles in 1945. After studying history, literature and musicology at the University of California in Berkeley and history at the Ohio State University, she took courses in opera direction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Later, she graduated with a diploma in stage management from the London Opera Centre. Her practical experience in the field of opera includes masterclasses with Wieland Wagner in Bayreuth. As a director, she has worked on various opera projects.
From 1980 to 1987 Pamela Rosenberg worked with Michael Gielen and was a member of the board at the Frankfurt Opera before moving to the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg as operations director, where she worked with Peter Zadek. From 1988 to 1990 she was manager of artistic affairs at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and from 1991 to 2000, together with Klaus Zehelein, took over the general directorship of the Stuttgart State Opera. From 2001 to 2006 she was general director of the San Francisco Opera and was subsequently appointed general manager of the Berlin Philharmonic, a position she held until 2010. During the following years, until 2014, she was dean of the American Academy in Berlin and has since been associated with the institute in an advisory capacity as senior programme consultant.
From 2010 to 2018 Pamela Rosenberg was deputy chairwoman of the Senate of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. She is a member of the supervisory board of the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin and a member of the board of the Liz Mohn Foundation for Culture and Music as well as of the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic. She has been a member of the university council of the University of Freiburg, the supervisory board of the University of California Berkeley Foundation and the advisory board of the Cogut Institute for the Humanities at Brown University, as well as being a jury member of the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award and the Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award at the Salzburg Festival.
In 2016 she initiated ‘MitMachMusik’, an integration programme that now gives 300 refugee children instrumental instruction from professional musicians at 15 locations in Berlin and Potsdam.