Adler, Kurt Herbert
|born on||2 April 1905 at 23:30 (= 11:30 PM )|
|Place||Vienna, Austria, 48n13, 16e20|
|Timezone||MET h1e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||12°30' 20°29 Asc. 09°25'|
Austrian-born American conductor and opera house director.
Following the Nazi occupation of Austria in 1938, as a Jew he was forced to leave and went to the Chicago City Opera Company as assistant chorus director where he worked for five years. He started at the San Francisco Opera in 1943 as chorus director, and was appointed General Director in 1953.
He began "Opera in the Park" in 1971, which has since been an annual free concert in Golden Gate Park on the Sunday following opening night of the fall season.
He retired in late December 1981 and continued to conduct and be involved with music until his death in Ross, California on 9 February 1988.
Sy Scholfield quotes him in "Kurt Herbert Adler and the San Francisco Opera: The life and career of Kurt Herbert Adler" by Timothy Pfaff (et al) (Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, 1994), p. 1: "I was born in Vienna, in 1905, on the second of April. I was a premature child--I think I was a seven-month baby--and I was born on a Sunday night at 11:30 p.m."
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Conductor
- Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director (Opera house director)