The Kurt Herbert Adler papers, 1921-1990, consist of primary and secondary source materials relating to Maestro Adler's musical
career, chiefly as conductor for the San Francisco Opera. The collection contains a small amount of correspondence, programs,
and notes documenting Adler's early work in Chicago and on the East Coast, prior to his appointment as Chorus Master of the
San Francisco Opera. The bulk of the collection covers the years 1954 to 1987, and includes correspondence, notes, printed
materials, annotated scores, clippings, and photographs, chiefly relating to Adler's years with the San Francisco Opera, and
as a guest conductor locally, as well as throughout California, other states, and internationally. The papers also include
materials relating to his professional activities, plus tributes, honors, and awards recognizing Maestro Adler's contributions
to the City of San Francisco and the world of opera. There is a significant body of personal correspondence containing cards
and letters from several opera stars with whom Adler regularly worked; notebooks, calendars and appointment books; clipping
files; and a small amount of personal and family materials.
Kurt Herbert Adler was born to Ernst and Ida (Bauer) Adler on April 2, 1905 in Vienna, Austria. The son of a textile manufacturer,
he attended preparatory schools in Vienna, and was educated at the Vienna Academy of Music (1922-1926), the Vienna Conservatory
of Music, and the University of Vienna (1923-1927). Adler made his debut in 1925 as an orchestral conductor at the Vienna
theaters managed by Max Reinhardt, noted European theatrical producer. He continued in that capacity until 1934, at the same
time acting as a coach, accompanist, chorus director, and instructor. From 1934 to 1937, he conducted at opera houses in Germany,
Italy, and Czechoslovakia. He conducted the Vienna Volksoper for two years, and also made appearances as leader of the Vienna
Concert Orchestra. Adler assisted Arturo Toscanini at the 1936 and 1937 Salzburg Festivals, and during the summers served
as an instructor at the Salzburg Mozarteum.
Number of containers: 17 cartons, 3 card file boxes, 12 volumes, 1 box, 9 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder
Linear feet: ca. 26
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Collection is open for research, with the following exceptions: some letters have been sealed until 2047.