Adler, Peter Herman, 1899-1990

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European-born American conductor (1899-1990). Adler was appointed music director of the Bremen State Opera and the State Philharmonia of Kiev in the 1930's, and made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1940 after emigrating to the United States. He was appointed music and artistic director of the NBC Opera in 1949, and music and artistic director of National Educational Television in 1969. Adler commissioned several important scores for television, including Gian Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors," Norman Dello Joio's "St. Joan" and Bohuslav Martinů's "Marriage" for NBC, and Jack Beeson's "My Heart's in the Highlands," Thomas Pasatieri's "Trial of Mary Lincoln" and Hans Werner Henze's "Cubana" for National Educational Television. His activities outside television included music directorship of the Baltimore Symphony from 1959 to 1968, appearances at the Metropolitan Opera starting in 1972 and the directorship of the American Opera Center at the Juilliard School from 1973 until his retirement in 1981.

From the description of Peter Herman Adler Music Collection, circa 1940-1981. (The Juilliard School). WorldCat record id: 312746376

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referencedIn The Karl Weigl Papers, 1894-1986 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library
creatorOf Adler, Peter Herman, 1899-1990. Peter Herman Adler Music Collection, circa 1940-1981. The Juilliard School, Lila Acheson Wallace Library
referencedIn Harriss, Robert Preston,. Oral history interview, 1977. Maryland historical society
referencedIn Van Hulsteyn, Ruth, 1905-. Oral history interview, 1977. Maryland historical society
referencedIn Weigl, Karl, 1881-1949. The Karl Weigl Papers. 1894-1986 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
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associatedWith Beeson, Jack, 1921-2010. person
associatedWith Chabrier, Emmanuel, 1841-1894. person
associatedWith Fiebig, Kurt. person
associatedWith Harriss, Robert Preston, person
associatedWith Janáček, Leoš, 1854-1928. person
associatedWith Juilliard School. corporateBody
associatedWith Landré, Guillaume, 1905-1968. person
associatedWith Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791. person
associatedWith National Educational Television and Radio Center. corporateBody
associatedWith NBC Television Network. corporateBody
associatedWith Offenbach, Jacques, 1819-1880. person
associatedWith Provenzano, Aldo. person
associatedWith Scarlatti, Alessandro, 1660-1725. person
associatedWith Smetana, Bedřich, 1824-1884. person
associatedWith Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893. person
associatedWith Van Hulsteyn, Ruth, 1905- person
associatedWith Weigl, Karl, 1881-1949. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (State)--New York
United States
Conductors (Music)
Opera producers and directors
Television broadcasting of music


Birth 1899-12-02

Death 1990-10-02




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