Adler, Kurt, Czech-American conductor; b. Neu-haus, Bohemia, March 1, 1907; d. Butler, N.J., Sept. 21, 1977. He studied musicology with Guido Adler and Robert Lach at the Univ. of Vienna. After serving as asst. conductor of the Berlin State Opera (1927–29) and the German Theater in Prague (1929–32), he was conductor of the Kiev Opera (1933–35) and the Stalingrad Phil. (1935–37). In 1938 he settled in the U.S. He was asst. conductor (1943–45), chorus master (1945–73), and a conductor (1951–68) at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y.
The Art of Accompanying and Coaching (Minneapolis, 1965); Phonetics and Diction in Singing (Minneapolis, 1967).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire