With connections still in Austria, by the late 1930s, Adler immigrated to the United States to escape Nazism and he toured America as a pianist and conductor. During World War II, Adler’s parents were murdered at the Izbica concentration camp. Adler became an American citizen in 1944. A year earlier, he had joined the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, at the time under the management of Edward Johnson in conjunction with Rudolf Bing, who was General Manager. Adler served there as Assistant Conductor to Leopold Stokowski. Of his many later travels and experiences, Adler was also the Musical Director of both the Opera Nacional and the Opera de Mexico in Mexico City. Kurt Adler passed away in 1977.
An all-round musician of great insight and artistic quality, Kurt Adler is remembered as a noted pianist, teacher and conductor of orchestral, choral and operatic music. His recordings offer rewarding musical experiences.
(Kurt Adler is not to be confused with Kurt Herbert Adler (1905-1988), an Austrian conductor and opera house director.) Read less
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