Lind, a Swedish Opera singer was already quite famous in Sweden and Europe . P.T. Barnum sought her out as she always drew extremely large crowds and had never performed in the United States. After mortgaging his personal and commercial properties as well as securing a personal loan for $5,000.00, Barnum agreed to pay Lind over $157,000.00 up front in anticipation of her success.
Lind’s first concert was held at Castle Garden , now named as Castle Clinton, a sandstone fort located in Battery Park, Manhattan. At the time of Lind’s performance the fort had been redesigned as an Opera House. Tickets for Lind’s performances were in such high demand that Barnum frequently sold them at auctions. It is known that while under contract with Barnum, Lind gave 92 performances in the United States . Also while in the United States, Lind married Otto Goldschmidt in Boston. They had known each other for many years and he became her music director. Although an international star, quite rare at this point in time, there have never been any known recordings of Lind's performances.
A philanthropist, Lind was raising money for free Swedish schools and other charities. She earned more than $350,000.00 over the course of two years performing in the United States . Barnum’s instinct was right and the media coined her success, “Lind mania”. After a year of working with Barnum, the singer severed ties after becoming uncomfortable with Barnum's sensational promotion. They parted amicably and Lind continued touring. In May 1852 Lind performed her last concert in the United States , once again at Castle Gardens . On May 29th, 1852 Lind, accompanied by her new husband and party set sail for England leaving the United States.