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Finding Aid to the Kurt Herbert Adler Papers, 1921-1990, bulk 1954-1987
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Series 1 Biographical Information and Early Career 1926-1988

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 1-24; Oversize Box 1, folders 1-9; Oversize Box 2, folders 1-4; Oversize Box 3, folders 1-3; v. 1

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically, and then chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains biographical notes, statements, and articles about Kurt Herbert Adler, published interviews, and short pieces in which Adler is mentioned or quoted. Includes formal portraits and candid photographs and sketches of Adler, as well as photographs inscribed to Adler from numerous opera singers and composers, including Gaetano Merola, Arturo Toscanini, Claramae Turner, Leontyne Price, Carl Orff, and Karl Boehm. Also includes images of Adler with visiting dignitaries, including U.S. Presidents, publicity images with San Francisco Opera performers, and a small number of photographs with wife, Nancy Adler. Announcements and programs document Adler's work as a chorus director, piano accompanist, orchestra conductor in Chicago and on the East Coast, prior to joining the San Francisco Opera Association. The series concludes with some lecture notes and notebooks, correspondence regarding employment, and several scrapbooks.
Carton 1, Folder 1-2

Biographical information 1931-1988

Carton 1, Folder 3

Interviews 1948-1985

Oversize Box 1, Folder 1-3

KHA Interviews 1956-1986, undated

Carton 1, Folder 4

Mentions and quotes 1950s-1980s

Carton 1, Folder 5

San Francisco Opera: 25 Adler Years 1978

Carton 1, Folder 6

San Francisco Opera: The Adler Years, 1954-1981 1981

 

Portraits

Carton 1, Folder 7-8

Photographs 1930s-1980s

Oversize Box 1, Folder 4

Photograph Undated

Carton 1, Folder 9

Sketches and drawings 1979, undated

Oversize Box 3, Folder 1

Sotomayer sketch of KHA Undated

 

Photographs

Carton 1, Folder 10

Autographed to KHA 1951-1982, undated

Scope and Content Note

From Gaetano Merola, Arturo Toscanini, Claramae Turner, Leontyne Price, and others
Oversize Box 3, Folder 2

To KHA from Carl Orff 1958 Oct.

Carton 1, Folder 11

KHA with visiting dignitaries 1967-1979, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, President Jimmy Carter, and [Mayor/Senator?] Dianne Feinstein
Carton 1, Folder 12

KHA with Karl Boehm 1978

Oversize Box 3, Folder 3

[Enlargement] 1978

Carton 1, Folder 13

Publicity 1970s-1980s

Carton 1, Folder 14

KHA and Nancy Adler Undated

Carton 1, Folder 15

Chicago Opera Company 1939-1942

Carton 1, Folder 16

Chicago Opera Chorus Association 1941

 

"KHA at the piano"

Carton 1, Folder 17

Concerts and recitals, Illinois and California 1939-1946

Scope and Content Note

Includes annotated score for "Loveliest of Trees," poem by A. E. Housman, music by John Duke
 

KHA directing

Carton 1, Folder 18

Du Page Chorus; Pittsburgh Symphony 1940-1942

 

KHA conducting

Carton 1, Folder 19

Chicago concerts 1941-1945, undated

Carton 1, Folder 20

East Coast concerts 1944-1952

Scope and Content Note

New Opera Company, Cleveland, Ohio; Connecticut Opera Association, Waterbury; Trenton Opera Association, N.J.
Carton 1, Folder 21-22

Lecture notes, Chicago 1943, undated

Scope and Content Note

"Opera Behind the Scenes," Kenilworth Club, March 2, 1943; [unidentified]
Carton 1, Folder 23

Correspondence regarding job openings 1948-1952, undated

Scope and Content Note

Vancouver Symphony Society; Winnipeg; Phoenix Symphony; Columbus, Ohio
Carton 1, Folder 24

Notebooks, Chicago and San Francisco 1947-1952, undated

Oversize Box 1, Folder 5-6

Scrapbook 1926-1938

Oversize Box 1, Folder 7

Scrapbook 1944-1947

Oversize Box 1, Folder 8-9

Scrapbooks 1948

Volume 1

Scrapbook 1949

Oversize Box 2, Folder 1

Scrapbook [1950]-1951

Oversize Box 2, Folder 2-4

Scrapbooks 1954-1955

 

Series 2 San Francisco Opera Association 1938-1988

Physical Description: Cartons 1-8; Carton 9, folders 1-14; Oversize Box 2, folders 5-9

Arrangement

Divided into eight sub-subseries: Correspondence; Fall Opera Season; San Francisco Opera Productions; San Francisco Opera Debut Auditions; Merola Memorial Fund / Merola Opera Program; Travel; San Francisco Opera Guild; and, Publicity. Arranged chronologically or hierarchically, as appropriate.

Scope and Content Note

Contains files relating to Maestro Adler's long tenure with the San Francisco Opera, beginning first with Fall Seasons and gradually expanding to include several new programs he established. Includes correspondence and notes that document his close connections with major opera singers, conductors and other artists throughout the world, as well as provide insight into the complexity of preparing for each season and production. Also illustrated are the effects of California Proposition 13 on funding for the arts and the challenges caused by various strikes. Of particular note is a brief thank you letter from San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk written on November 20, 1978, shortly before his assassination. Also includes materials relating to the search for new artists and the Merola Training Program, as well as the Opera Guild and general information about the San Francisco Opera.
 

2.1 Correspondence 1938-1981

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 25-33; Carton 2, folders 1-13

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence with Gaetano Merola, General Director and founder of the San Francisco Opera and with Maestro Adler's New York agent, which precede one file of general correspondence that was assembled from loose letters scattered throughout the collection. Files labeled "KHA Personal correspondence" begin in 1977 and have been kept in the order in which they were received.
Carton 1, Folder 25

Gaetano Merola, General Director 1943-1952

Carton 1, Folder 26

William L. Stein, Inc., Theatrical and Concert Agency, N.Y. 1951-1953

Carton 1, Folder 32

General correspondence 1938-1976, undated

Carton 1, Folder 33

KHA Personal correspondence, incoming/outgoing 1977

Carton 2, Folder 1-13

KHA Personal correspondence, incoming/outgoing 1978-1981

Scope and Content Note

Files for 1980 marked: KHA/NMA
 

2.2 Fall Opera Season 1942-1981

Physical Description: Carton 2, folders 14-18; Cartons 3-4; Carton 5, folders 1-15

Arrangement

Divided into two sub-subseries: San Francisco, and Other Venues. Arranged hierarchically, and then chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains programs, publicity, and Maestro Adler's working files from the San Francisco opening of Fall Opera Season, the regular seasons that for many years followed in Los Angeles and San Diego, and performances held in other parts of the state.
 

2.2.1 San Francisco 1942-1981

Physical Description: Carton 2, folders 14-18; Cartons 3-4

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically, and then chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of files relating to the Fall Opera Season's San Francisco productions, including correspondence, programs and publicity, and Maestro Adler's working files. These contain worksheets and notes relating to repertoire, casting, costumes, set designs, orchestra, daily and weekly rehearsal schedules and critiques, technical notes, and box office scores. Files may relate an entire year, or occasionally to a specific production.
 

Programs and publicity

Carton 2, Folder 14-18

Seasons and concert performances 1942-1955

Carton 3, Folder 1-9

Seasons and concert performances 1956-1981

Carton 3, Folder 10

Broadcast concerts 1944-1946; 1979

Carton 3, Folder 11

Junior League Previews 1954-1961, undated

 

Working files

Carton 3, Folder 12

Casting 1952

Carton 3, Folder 13-14

Casting; costumes; orchestra 1953

Carton 3, Folder 15

"Boris Godounoff" (1953 season) 1952-1953

Physical Description: Annotated score and working notes

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence with Leopold Stokowski
Carton 3, Folder 16-21

Artists; Tirandelli, etc. [correspondence regarding artists' availability and contracts]; rehearsal schedules; Hager and Piccinato [regarding costume and set designs]; orchestra pay; Los Angeles sales 1954

Carton 3, Folder 22-26

Artists; repertoire and casting; rehearsal schedules; Los Angeles repertoire and casting; guarantor program 1955

Carton 3, Folder 27

Repertoire; casting; schedules; Los Angeles season and sales 1956

Carton 3, Folder 28

Casting; box score 1957

Carton 4, Folder 1-7

Preparations; weekly and daily schedules; orchestra rehearsals; Merola Memorial Training Program schedule; technical notes; rehearsal critiques; box office 1958

Carton 4, Folder 8-16

Repertoire; casting; orchestra; Hager and Yannopoulos, regarding costume and set designs; technical; rehearsal schedules; rehearsal notes; publicity; box office 1959

Carton 4, Folder 17-22

Repertoire and casting; orchestra; Hager and Yannopoulos, regarding production and set design; technical; rehearsal schedules; rehearsal notes; 1960

Carton 4, Folder 23-24

Working notes, miscellaneous 1961 -1967, undated

Carton 4, Folder 25

Music notations Undated

Carton 4, Folder 26

Box A guest lists 1964-1977

Carton 4, Folder 27

Repertoire, casting, rehearsal schedules, working notes 1968-1969

Carton 4, Folder 28

Visit of HRH Prince Charles 1977 Oct.

Carton 4, Folder 29

Un Ballo in Maschera, opening night 1977 Nov.

Carton 4, Folder 30

Fall 1978, notes 1978

Carton 4, Folder 31

1978 Season, opening congratulations 1978 Sept.

Carton 4, Folder 32

1979 Season, correspondence and notes 1979 Jan.-March

Carton 4, Folder 33

Fall 1979, notes 1979

Carton 4, Folder 34

1979 Season greetings 1979 Sept.

Carton 4, Folder 35

Forza, opening night wishes 1979 Nov.

Carton 4, Folder 36

Fall 1980, notes 1980

Carton 4, Folder 37

1981 Season, notes 1980-1981

Carton 4, Folder 38

Fall 1981, notes 1981

Carton 4, Folder 39

1982 Season and beyond 1981

Carton 4, Folder 40

Romeus and Juliet (first reading) Undated

 

2.2.2 Other Venues 1943-1978

Physical Description: Carton 5, folders 1-15

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically or chronologically, as appropriate.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of files relating to the Fall Opera Season that for many years opened in Los Angeles and San Diego shortly after the San Francisco season ended. Contains correspondence, programs and publicity, casting worksheets, rehearsal schedules, and notes. Also includes programs from special performances held in Sacramento, Fresno, Pasadena, Berkeley, and Portland, Oregon.
 

Los Angeles Season

Scope and Content Note

Presented by Southern California Symphony Association
Carton 5, Folder 1-4

Programs 1943-1965

Carton 5, Folder 5

Photographs 1955-1958, undated

Carton 5, Folder 6

Casting, rehearsal schedules, working notes 1959

Carton 5, Folder 7

Working notes 1962

Carton 5, Folder 8

Annual luncheons 1952-1962

Scope and Content Note

The Opera Guild of Southern California honoring the San Francisco Opera Company
 

San Diego Season

Scope and Content Note

Presented by San Diego Opera Guild
Carton 5, Folder 9

Programs 1953-1962

 

Sacramento performances

Scope and Content Note

Presented by the Sacramento Opera Association; until 1959 known as Sacramento Opera Committee, Inc.
Carton 5, Folder 10

Programs 1952-1962

 

Fresno performances

Scope and Content Note

Presented by The Fresno Musical Club
Carton 5, Folder 11

Program, "Madama Butterfly," November 2, 1953 1953

 

Pasadena performances

Scope and Content Note

Presented by Elmer Wilson, Pasadena Civic Auditorium
Carton 5, Folder 12

Programs 1956-1958

 

Berkeley performances

Scope and Content Note

Presented by the Regents of the University of California and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation
Carton 5, Folder 13

Programs 1957-1962

Carton 5, Folder 14

Diamond Jubilee of the Greek Theatre, University of California, Berkeley, Oct. 8, 1978 1978

Oversize Box 3

Poster 1978

 

Portland, Oregon performances

Scope and Content Note

Presented by the Oregon Centennial Commission
Carton 5, Folder 15

Program 1959

 

2.3 San Francisco Opera Productions 1949-1987

Physical Description: Carton 5, folders 16-44

Arrangement

Divided into two sub-subseries: Subsidiaries and Affiliated Programs, and Concerts.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of files documenting programs and concerts of the San Francisco Opera that are separate from the Fall Opera Season.
 

2.3.1 Subsidiaries and Affiliated Programs 1957-1987

Physical Description: Carton 5, folders 16-31

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically, and then hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes files regarding several ventures begun by Maestro Adler, including Spring Opera of San Francisco, Western Opera Theater, Opera in the Park, and Brown Bag Opera. Includes correspondence, programs and publicity, repertoire and casting sheets, notes, articles, clippings, and some photographs.
 

Spring Opera of San Francisco

Scope and Content Note

Begun in 1961 as a new non-profit venture of the San Francisco Opera, and renamed Spring Opera Theater (SPOT) in 1971. The original goal of Spring Opera was to present young, unknown singers in theatrically effective performances of unusual operas.
Carton 5, Folder 16

Programs 1961-1966

Carton 5, Folder 17

Publicity 1960-1962

Carton 5, Folder 18-19

Repertoire and casting sheets 1963-1964

Carton 5, Folder 20-22

Work sheets 1967-1981

Carton 5, Folder 23

Articles and clippings 1971-1979

Carton 5, Folder 24

Cosmopolitan Opera Company 1957

Scope and Content Note

Rival "predecessor" to Spring Opera of San Francisco
 

Western Opera Theater

Scope and Content Note

A subsidiary of the San Francisco Opera, founded by KHA in 1967, with the objective of introducing operatic experience to communities where it would otherwise be unknown. Touring seasons of the company, supported in large part by grants from NEA, provides professional training opportunities for young artists who present a diversified repertory program in communities throughout the western U.S.
Carton 5, Folder 25

Newsletter, publicity and programs 1971-1976

 

Opera in the Park

Carton 5, Folder 26

Programs and publicity 1971-1987

Oversize Drawer B, Folder 1

San Francisco Examiner advertising proof for 1982 Opera in the Park 1982

Carton 5, Folder 27

Correspondence and notes 1981-1987

Carton 5, Folder 28-30

Photographs 1976-1979, undated

 

Brown Bag Opera

Scope and Content Note

Created by KHA in February 1974, presents noontime operatic entertainment in a relaxed atmosphere in locations throughout the Bay Area, including parts, plazas, and shopping malls, as well as to businesses and social organizations.
Carton 5, Folder 31

Publicity 1978-1980, undated

 

2.3.2 Concerts 1949-1983

Physical Description: Carton 5, folders 32-44

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically, by date of performance.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of files relating to special concert programs, including broadcast performances and Gaetano Merola's memorial ceremonies which precede a variety of special event concerts held in San Francisco or Los Angeles. Includes correspondence, programs and publicity, scores, notes, and clippings.
 

"The Standard Hour"

Scope and Content Note

Symphony and opera concert music, presented by Standard Oil of California, including Sunday evenings as "The Standard Hour" and Thursday morning "Standard School Broadcast."
Carton 5, Folder 32

Programs 1949-1954

Carton 5, Folder 32

Sheet music for signature theme, "This Hour is Yours" 1949

Scope and Content Note

Words by Adrian Michaelis; music by Julius Haug
Carton 5, Folder 33

Gaetano Merola memorial ceremonies 1954-1963

Scope and Content Note

Maestro Merola (Jan. 4, 1881-Aug. 30, 1953), founder of the San Francisco Opera
Carton 5, Folder 34

Concerts (San Francisco) 1955-1957

Scope and Content Note

Includes "An Evening of Music in Honor of the United Nations," June 20, 1955; Renata Tebaldi, Italian Festival of San Francisco, Sept. 9, 1956; and Dorothy Kirsten, selections from "La Boheme," Nov. 12, 1957
Carton 5, Folder 35

Festival of Faith and Freedom Foundation, Los Angeles Gala Premiere Performance, "Nabucco" 1961-1963

Scope and Content Note

Centennial Celebration of the Unification of Italy, Shrine Auditorium, Oct. 30, 1961
Carton 5, Folder 36

Concerts (San Francisco) 1976-1980

Scope and Content Note

Includes Leontyne Price, Luciano Pavarotti, and American Opera Projects
Carton 5, Folder 37

George R. Moscone Memorial Tribute, May 4, 1979 1979

Carton 5, Folder 38

Tosca, Philippines International Arts Festival, Manila, Dec. 20, 22, 25, 27, 1979 1979-1980

Oversize Drawer B, Folder 1

Poster for Christmas Concert

Scope and Content Note

A "gift to the nation" from President Ferdinand E. Marcos and First Lady, Madame Imelda R. Marcos & the San Francisco Opera
Carton 5, Folder 39

Luciano Pavarotti, Italian Earthquake Fund of San Francisco, June 13, 1981 1981

 

Summer Festival

Carton 5, Folder 40-43

Programs; opening night; correspondence, notes and clippings; and worksheets 1981

Carton 5, Folder 44

Invitations to luncheons and receptions 1957-1983, undated

 

2.4 San Francisco Opera Debut Auditions 1956-1981

Physical Description: Carton 6, folders 1-4

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically, and then chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains programs and publicity, and notes for San Francisco Opera Auditions, which since 1954 have been held in major metropolitan regions throughout the western U.S. and Canada. Their purpose is to find young professional opera singers who are ready to sing on the stage of San Francisco's War Memorial Opera House.
Carton 6, Folder 1

Publicity and programs 1956-1962

Carton 6, Folder 2-4

Audition notes 1967-1981

 

2.5 Merola Memorial Fund / Merola Opera Program 1959-1987

Physical Description: Carton 6, folders 5-13

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically, and then chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains documentation of the ten-week summer laboratory begun by Kurt Herbert Adler in 1957 "as an effective way to prepare young professional singers for what they must face in their pursuit of a serious career." Assisted by members of the San Francisco Opera staff and other nationally-known specialists, Maestro Adler supervised a regimen that included musical coaching, stagecraft, body movement, languages and diction, fencing, make-up, and history of opera, as well as lectures to extend the singers' awareness of all facets of opera production and career development. Sometime between 1981 and 1984, the Merola Memorial Fund became known as the Merola Opera Program. Includes correspondence, programs and publicity, and notes. Files relating to the late Calvin Simmons, who served as Maestro Adler's assistant, are found at the end of this series.
 

Merola Training Program

Carton 6, Folder 5

Concert programs 1959-1984

Carton 6, Folder 6

Awards and honors 1960-1982

Carton 6, Folder 7

Master classes 1979-1987

 

Summer 1985

Carton 6, Folder 8

Correspondence, publicity and notes 1985

 

Summer 1987

Carton 6, Folder 9

San Francisco Opera Center auditions 1986-1987

Carton 6, Folder 10

Barry Pinnolis film project 1982

Carton 6, Folder 11

Kurt Herbert Adler-Merola Endowment Fund 1980-1984

Carton 6, Folder 12

Calvin Simmons Memorial Concerts 1982

Carton 6, Folder 13

Calvin Simmons memorials 1982-1984

Scope and Content Note

Calvin Simmons began his musical life with the San Francisco Boys Chorus; in 1970 he became Assistant Conductor of the Merola Opera Summer Program, and in 1978 was named Music Director and Conductor of the Oakland Symphony
 

2.6 Travel 1956-1981

Physical Description: Carton 6, folders 14-31; Carton 7; Carton 8, folders 1-10

Arrangement

Divided into two sub-subseries: Portfolios, and Notebooks and Calendars.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of documentation from Maestro Adler's travels abroad, often scouting new talent and to see productions by other opera companies, as well as files related to the 1979-1980 tour of the San Francisco Opera to Hong Kong, China, Japan, and the Philippines. Includes correspondence, contact lists, daily calendars, and detailed notes Adler used to plan future seasons of the San Francisco Opera.
 

2.6.1 Portfolios 1961-1981

Physical Description: Carton 6, folders 14-31; Carton 7, folders 1-12

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of "binders" assembled by Maestro Adler's office staff in advance of and during his travels abroad. Files contain correspondence, including letters, telegrams and cables, in addition to schedules, contact lists, and notes providing a detailed record of his meetings and activities.
 

Europe trip, 1962

Carton 6, Folder 14

Letters and telegrams, working notes 1961-1962

 

Europe trip, 1963-1964

Carton 6, Folder 15

Working notes 1962-1964

 

Europe trip, 1974

Carton 6, Folder 16

Cables and letters 1974 Feb.-May

Carton 6, Folder 17

Europe 1976 Jan.

Carton 6, Folder 18

Europe and Vancouver B.C., 1976 1976 April

Carton 6, Folder 19

Correspondence regarding arrangements 1975-1976

Carton 6, Folder 20

KHA correspondence 1976 April

Carton 6, Folder 21

Europe 1977 Jan.-Feb.

Carton 6, Folder 22

Europe 1977 May

Carton 6, Folder 23

Telex communications 1977 May-June

Carton 6, Folder 24

Europe 1978 Jan.-Feb.

Carton 6, Folder 25

Telexes 1978 Jan.-Feb.

Carton 6, Folder 26

Washington, D.C. and Europe 1978 May-June

Carton 6, Folder 27

Correspondence received 1978 May-June

Carton 6, Folder 28

Telexes sent and received 1978 May-June

Carton 6, Folder 29

New York and Washington, D.C. (NEA meeting) 1979 Jan. 7-10

Carton 6, Folder 30

Europe 1979 May 6-31

Carton 6, Folder 31

Telexes received [and sent] 1979 May-June

Carton 7, Folder 1

Hong Kong, China, Japan 1979 Dec.-1980 Jan.

 

Hong Kong, 1979

Carton 7, Folder 2

Correspondence regarding arrangements 1979-1981

 

China, 1979/1980

Carton 7, Folder 3

Correspondence regarding arrangements 1979-1981

Carton 7, Folder 4

Telexes and letters, sent and received 1979-1980

 

Japan tour, 1979

Carton 7, Folder 5

Correspondence regarding arrangements 1977-1980

 

Philippines trip, 1979/1980

Carton 7, Folder 6

Telexes 1979-1980

Carton 7, Folder 7

Manila thank-you letters ("Tosca") 1980 Feb.

Carton 7, Folder 8

Europe 1980 Feb.-March

Carton 7, Folder 9

New York and Iceland 1980 June

 

Iceland trip

Carton 7, Folder 10

Telexes 1980 June

Carton 7, Folder 11

New York and Europe 1981 March-April

 

Europe trip

Carton 7, Folder 12

Correspondence to KHA 1981 March-April

 

2.6.2 Notebooks and Calendars 1956-1981

Physical Description: Carton 7, folders 13-22; Carton 8, folders 1-10

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of pocket notebooks and calendars Maestro Adler kept while traveling.
Carton 7, Folder 13-22

Notebooks and calendars 1956, 1961-1973

Carton 8, Folder 1-10

Notebooks and calendars 1973-1981

 

2.7 San Francisco Opera Guild 1950-1981

Physical Description: Carton 8, folders 11-17

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically, and then chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of programs and publicity for annual Opera Guild sponsored events, and one file of miscellaneous materials regarding luncheons and other special programs.
 

Opera Ball and Fol De Rol

Carton 8, Folder 11-16

Programs and publicity 1950-1981, undated

Carton 8, Folder 17

Luncheons, dress rehearsals, membership, special programs 1961; undated

 

2.8 Publicity 1945-1988

Physical Description: Carton 9, folders 1-14; Oversize Box 2, folders 5-9

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically, and then chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains fact sheets, souvenir publications, newsletters, a few press releases, and photographs, along with articles about or mentioning the San Francisco Opera and various individual performers.
Carton 9, Folder 1

Fact sheets 1970-1978

Oversize Box 2, Folder 5-6

Souvenir publications, including San Francisco Opera Album 1962-1972

Carton 9, Folder 2

San Francisco Opera Notes 1957-1964

Scope and Content Note

Newsletter (scattered issues)
Carton 9, Folder 3

Press releases and statements 1954-1980

 

Photographs

Carton 9, Folder 4

Rehearsals and productions 1945-1963

Carton 9, Folder 5

Opera chorus 1948-1958

Carton 9, Folder 6-8

Publicity 1950s-1980s

Carton 9, Folder 9

Artist portraits (sketches) undated

Carton 9, Folder 10-11

Articles 1948-1988, undated

Oversize Box 2, Folder 7

Articles 1948-1959, Undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes one article written by KHA
Carton 9, Folder 12

Articles about performers 1954-1985

Carton 9, Folder 13

Mentions

Oversize Box 2, Folder 8

Mentions 1948-1972

Oversize Box 2, Folder 9

San Francisco Opera calendars 1984-1985

Carton 9, Folder 14

San Francisco Performing Arts Center dedications 1978-1980

 

Series 3 Kurt Herbert Adler Conducting 1944-1988

Physical Description: Carton 9, folders 15-42; Carton 10; Carton 11, folders 1-26

Arrangement

Divided into three sub-series: Stern Grove Midsummer Music Festival; Youth Programs; and Guest Conductor. Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of files relating to Maestro Adler's conducting apart from his work with the San Francisco Opera, where his contract originally only covered the Fall Opera Season. Adler regularly conducted in the public schools in Spring, and at Stern Grove during the summer months; as his schedule allowed he appeared as a guest conductor in various cities in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout California and the West, as well as other states and countries.
 

3.1 Stern Grove Midsummer Music Festival 1944-1987

Physical Description: Carton 9, folders 15-21

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence with Rosalie Stern, chair of the Sigmund Stern Grove Music Committee, as well as working notes, programs and a few photographs of Midsummer Music Festival concerts. From his earliest years in San Francisco and well past his retirement from the San Francisco Opera, Maestro Adler conducted a number of the summer concerts. Of interest is his annotated copy of the score for Conrad Susa's "Baghdad-by-the-Bay," adapted from the writings of Herb Caen, which premiered at the 50th anniversary season in 1987.
 

Sigmund Stern Grove Music Festival Committee

Carton 9, Folder 15

Correspondence with Rosalie M. Stern (Mrs. Sigmund Stern) 1944-1954

Carton 9, Folder 16

Correspondence and working notes for concerts 1944-1965

 

Stern Grove Midsummer Music Festival

Carton 9, Folder 17

Programs 1944-1987

Carton 9, Folder 18

Photographs Undated

 

Stern Grove Festival Association

Carton 9, Folder 19

Correspondence and working notes for concerts 1982-1986

Carton 9, Folder 20

Stern Grove 50th anniversary season 1987

Scope and Content Note

Opening conducted by KHA, June 21, 1987 for premiere of "Baghdad-by-the-Bay"
Carton 9, Folder 20

Annotated copy of score, "Baghdad-by-the-Bay" 1987

Scope and Content Note

Music by Conrad Susa, adapted from the writings of Herb Caen by Conrad Susa and Richard Street
Carton 9, Folder 21

"The First Fifty Seasons" 1987

Scope and Content Note

Special issue: Studies in West Coast Philanthropy, No. 2; Encore, vol. 4, no. 1, Spring 1987
 

3.2 Youth Programs 1949-1953

Physical Description: Carton 9, folders 22-33

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically or hierarchically, as appropriate.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of correspondence, minutes of meetings, plans, notes, programs and publicity, and a few annotated scores relating to Maestro Adler's conducting the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in Young People's Concerts and Youth Symphony Concerts. Programs in San Francisco were presented by the Musical Association of San Francisco, with commentary by Alexander Fried. Programs were also held in Berkeley and Richmond, sponsored by the Berkeley-Albany Council of Parent-Teacher Associations and the Berkeley Public Schools. Includes one file relating to auditions for the Young People's Symphony Concerts.
 

Musical Association of San Francisco (San Francisco Symphony Orchestra)

Carton 9, Folder 22

Young People's Concerts Committee meetings 1949-1951

Carton 9, Folder 23

Correspondence and notes regarding Young People's Concerts and Youth Symphony Concerts 1949-1953

Carton 9, Folder 24

Working plans and notes for Young People's Concerts and Youth Symphony Concerts 1949-1953

Carton 9, Folder 25

Correspondence with Ernest Schelling Concerts for Children and Young People, N.Y. 1952

 

Young Peoples Concerts, San Francisco

Carton 9, Folder 26

Programs 1949-1951

Scope and Content Note

KHA conducting San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, with Alexander Fried, commentator; presented by the Musical Association of San Francisco
Carton 9, Folder 27

Annotated scores 1950-1951

Scope and Content Note

Includes "Stars and Stripes Forever," "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," and "Paul Bunyan Suite"
 

Young People's Concerts, Berkeley

Scope and Content Note

KHA conducting San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, with Alexander Fried, commentator; presented by Berkeley-Albany Council of Parent-Teacher Associations, in cooperation with the Berkeley Public Schools
Carton 9, Folder 28

Programs and concerts 1950-1953

 

East Bay Concerts for Young People, Berkeley and Youth Concerts, Richmond

Scope and Content Note

KHA conducting San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, with Alexander Fried, commentator
Carton 9, Folder 29

Programs 1951-1953

 

Young People's Concerts and Youth Symphony Concert, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Carton 9, Folder 30

Programs 1951-1953

 

Youth Symphony Concerts, San Francisco

Scope and Content Note

KHA conducting San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, with Alexander Fried, commentator; presented by the Youth Symphony Concerts Committee of the San Francisco Symphony Association
Carton 9, Folder 31

Programs 1952-1953

Carton 9, Folder 32

Youth Symphony Concert, San Francisco 1953

Carton 9, Folder 32

Commentary and annotated scores for April 8, 1953, including "The Star-Spangled Banner" and Mozart Symphony No. 35 ("Haffner" Symphony) 1953

Carton 9, Folder 33

Young People's Symphony Concerts auditions, 1950-1953 1949-1953

 

3.3 Guest Conductor 1945-1988

Physical Description: Carton 9, folders 34-42; Carton 10; Carton 11, folders 1-26

Arrangement

Divided into three sub-subseries: San Francisco Opera Years; Post-Retirement Years; and Future Conducting. Arranged chronologically by date of performance.

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, notes, schedules, programs and publicity, and sometimes clippings and photographs related to Maestro Adler's engagements as a guest conductor in various locations throughout California, the U.S. and the world. Arrangements for such venues often began more than a year prior to the program, and sometimes never materialized or were cancelled.
 

3.3.1 San Francisco Opera Years 1945-1982

Physical Description: Carton 9, folders 34-42; Carton 10, folders 1-19

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by date of performance.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of correspondence, notes, schedules, programs and publicity, and sometimes clippings and photographs or a score relating to Maestro Adler's engagements as a guest conductor in various cities in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout California and the West, as well as other states and countries. File titles are mostly his own, and include engagements that were cancelled. Also includes Maestro Adler's guest appearance conducting Pavarotti in the film, "Yes, Giorgio!"
Carton 9, Folder 34

Children's Little Theatre Group of Marin County, and Marin Music Chest 1945-1953

Scope and Content Note

"Hansel and Gretel, Sept. 8, 1945; Marin Music Chest [cancelled]
Carton 9, Folder 35

San Jose Symphony Orchestra, March 29, 1951 1951

Carton 9, Folder 36

Golden Anniversary Benefit Performance, San Francisco Section, National Council of Jewish Women, April 3, 1951 1951

Carton 9, Folder 37

Bay Area Spring Music Festival, Vallejo, May 9, 1952 1951-1952

Scope and Content Note

Sponsored by Music Dept., Vallejo College
Carton 9, Folder 38

Vallejo Symphony Orchestra Concert, Feb. 24, 1954 1954

Carton 9, Folder 39

"Symphonies under the Stars," Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl 1954-1956

Scope and Content Note

Co-sponsored by the Southern California Symphony Association, featuring Inge Borkh, soprano (Aug. 26, 1954) and Renata Tebaldi, soprano (Aug. 30, 1956)
Carton 9, Folder 40

Naples, "Cosi Fan Tutte," San Carlo Opera, March 1958 1958

Carton 9, Folder 41

Glendale Symphony Orchestra, "An Afternoon with Kurt Herbert Adler," March 12, 1961 1961

Carton 9, Folder 42

Tehran, "Merry Widow," June 1976 [cancelled] 1975-1976

Carton 10, Folder 1

Puerto Rico concert [with Marella Freni and Luciano Pavarotti], April 1, 1978 1977-1978

Carton 10, Folder 2

Poland concert, "Fidelio," May 28 & 30, 1978 1978

Carton 10, Folder 3

Photographs 1978

Carton 10, Folder 4

Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Alicia de Larrocha, Dec. 8-9, 1978 1978-1979

Carton 10, Folder 5

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, New Year's Eve concerts, "A Night in Old Vienna," Dec. 28-31, 1978 1978

Carton 10, Folder 6

Marseille concert, "Lucia," Feb. 25 & 27 and March 1 & 3, 1979 1978-1979

Carton 10, Folder 7

Philadelphia concert, "Tosca," April 24-29, 1979 1977-1979

Carton 10, Folder 8

Puerto Rico concert, May 13, 1979 [cancelled] 1978-1979

Carton 10, Folder 9

Central City Opera House Association, Denver, Colorado, "The Merry Widow," July-August, 1979 1978-1979

Carton 10, Folder 10

Iceland concert with Luciano Pavarotti, June 20, 1980 1979-1980

Carton 10, Folder 11

Pavarotti / Possible concert repertoire for Iceland, June 1980 Undated

Carton 10, Folder 12

Puerto Rico concert, Feb. 1980 [cancelled] 1979-1980

Carton 10, Folder 13

Poland concert, June 1980 [cancelled] 1979-1980

Carton 10, Folder 14

Marseille, "Electra," Dec. 1980 [cancelled] 1979-1980

Carton 10, Folder 15

Roger Wagner [Los Angeles Master] Chorale, "Great Opera Choruses," April 26, 1981 1980-1981

Carton 10, Folder 16

Annotated copy of scores 1981

Carton 10, Folder 17

San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Aug. 27, 1981 1981

Carton 10, Folder 18

Pavarotti film, "Yes, Giorgio!" 1981-1982

 

Carmen, 1981

Carton 10, Folder 19

Musical notes from Jim Johnson 1981 Sept.-Dec.

 

3.3.2 Post-Retirement Years 1979-1988

Physical Description: Carton 10, folders 20-38; Carton 11, folders 1-10

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by date of performance.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of correspondence, notes, schedules, programs and publicity, and sometimes clippings and photographs relating to Maestro Adler's engagements as a guest conductor in the U.S. and abroad. He occasionally returned as a guest conductor for the San Francisco Opera, and continued to conduct Pavarotti in various venues, as well as the San Francisco Summer Opera Festival, New Year's Eve concerts, and the Marin Opera Company. File titles are mostly his own, and include engagements that were cancelled.
Carton 10, Folder 20

KHA Conducting repertoire [1982?]

Carton 10, Folder 21

New York City Opera, "Die Feen," Feb. 1982 [cancelled?] 1981

Carton 10, Folder 22

Philadelphia, "Il Trovatore," with Ronald Adler, Feb. 22 & 26, 1982 1979-1982

Carton 10, Folder 23

Marseille, "Tristan" (March 1982), "Adrienne Lecouvreur" (1984), and "Aida" (1986) [all cancelled] 1982-1987

Carton 10, Folder 24

Royal Philharmonic Pavarotti concert, Albert Hall, London, April 13, 1982 1981-1986

Carton 10, Folder 25

SF Opera Summer Festival, "Nabucco," June 17, 20, 22, 25, 30 & July 3, 1982 1981-1982

Carton 10, Folder 26

SF Opera, "Ballo," Sept. 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25 & 27, 1982 1981-1982

Carton 10, Folder 27

Pavarotti concert, Hollywood Bowl, Sept. 5, 1982 1981-1982

Carton 10, Folder 28

Tulsa, "Il Trovatore," Oct. 30, Nov. 2, 4 & 6, 1982 1982

Carton 10, Folder 29

Pavarotti concerts, Miami and Palm Beach, Florida, Nov. 10 & 13, 1982 1982

Carton 10, Folder 30

Oakland Symphony, Alicia de Larrocha, Paramount Theatre, Nov. 30 & Dec. 1-2, 1982 1981-1982

Carton 10, Folder 31

Hawaii Opera Theatre, "Figaro," Jan./Feb. 1983 [cancelled; KHA awaiting birth of son, Roman Curtis] 1982-1983

 

Stage and set designs by Richard Gullicksen 1982

Carton 10, Folder 32

Birgit Nilsson, San Antonio Festival, June 4, 1983 1983-1984

Carton 10, Folder 33

Oakland Opera, "Hansel and Gretel," Nov. 26-27, 1983 [cancelled] 1983

Carton 10, Folder 34-35

Sydney (The Australian Opera), "Fidelio," Oct. 9, 13, 15, 19, 23, 27, 31 & Nov. 3, 1984 1981-1985

Carton 10, Folder 36

SF Opera, "Rigoletto," Nov. 17, 20, 23 & 29 and Dec. 2, 5 & 8, 1984 1984

Carton 10, Folder 37

Marin Opera Company, "Hansel and Gretel," Dec. 28 & 30, 1984 1984-1985

Carton 10, Folder 38

Thank you notes 1984

Carton 11, Folder 1

Marin Opera Company, "Hansel and Gretel," Dec. 27 & 29, 1985 1985-1986

Carton 11, Folder 2

Vienna (Staatsoper), "Tosca," Feb. 7 & 10, 1986 1981-1986

Carton 11, Folder 3

East Meets West Symphonic Concert II, San Francisco, March 7-8, 1986 1985-1986

Carton 11, Folder 4

San Antonio Festival, June 1986 [cancelled] 1985-1986

Carton 11, Folder 5

SF Opera, "Die Meistersinger," Sept.-Nov. 1986 1985-1986

Carton 11, Folder 6

Marin Opera Company, "Die Fledermaus," Dec. 28 & 31, 1986 [cancelled] 1986-1987

Carton 11, Folder 7

Carmelite Monastery benefit concert with SFO Chorus, June 14, 1987 1987

Carton 11, Folder 8

Fresno Opera Company, "Die Fledermaus," Oct. 31, 1987 1986-1987

Carton 11, Folder 9

Annotated copy of score 1987

Carton 11, Folder 10

Hawaii, "Turandot," Jan.-Feb. 1988 [cancelled] 1983-1988

 

3.3.3 Future Conducting 1980-1987

Physical Description: Carton 11, folders 11-26

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence and notes concerning possible future conducting engagements, chiefly abroad.
Carton 11, Folder 11

"Possible, general" 1981-1986

Carton 11, Folder 12

East Berlin 1982-1985

Carton 11, Folder 13

Graz. Austria 1981-1984

Carton 11, Folder 14

Iceland 1980-1982

Carton 11, Folder 15

Mannheim, Germany 1981-1983

Carton 11, Folder 16

Minnesota 1983

Carton 11, Folder 17

Monaco 1982

Carton 11, Folder 18

Philadelphia 1981-1984

Carton 11, Folder 19

Pittsburgh 1982-1983

Carton 11, Folder 20

Shanghai, China, April 1985 [cancelled] 1983-1986

 

China Friendship Committee and The Pear Garden in the West project

Carton 11, Folder 21

Correspondence 1983-1987

 

Asian Community Youth Orchestra

Scope and Content Note

Asian Community Youth Orchestra, directed and conducted by Yehudi Menuhin.
Carton 11, Folder 22

Correspondence with Richard Pontzious 1986 April-July

Carton 11, Folder 23

Sydney 1985-1986

Carton 11

Travel

Carton 11, Folder 24-26

China trip, May 1982 1980-1982

 

Series 4 Teaching and Talks 1939-1988

Physical Description: Carton 11, folders 27-44; Carton 12, folders 1-13

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of correspondence, publicity, lecture notes, talks and introductory remarks relating to Maestro Adler's speaking and teaching engagements. One file containing invitations to participate in various programs precedes those that are individually named. During the early years of his San Francisco Opera career, Maestro Adler regularly lectured and served as guest conductor at the University of California Extension, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Pacific Music Camp and Clinics of the University of the Pacific in Stockton. He often spoke to groups of music educators or conductors, and taught Master classes and seminars, both in the U.S. and abroad. Following his retirement from the San Francisco Opera, Adler was a Professor and artistic advisor in the School of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University.
Carton 11, Folder 27

Invitations to speak or participate in educational programs 1951-1954

Carton 11, Folder 28

Minnesota Music Teachers' Association, 38th annual convention 1939

Scope and Content Note

Class in Repertoire and Style for Singers and Coach Accompanists - lieder and oratorio," Oct. 30, 1939
 

University of California Extension

Scope and Content Note

Lecturer in music and guest conductor, University Symphony Orchestra
Carton 11, Folder 29

Correspondence 1948-1952

Carton 11, Folder 30

Hansel and Gretel, Greek Theatre, August 25, 1946 1946

Carton 11, Folder 31

Martha, Greek Theatre, August 23, 1947 1947

Carton 11, Folder 32

Music courses and catalogs 1949-1953

Carton 11, Folder 33

Western Regional meeting of the National Association of Teachers of Singing 1949

Scope and Content Note

Typescript of address by KHA, Aug. 19, 1949
Carton 11, Folder 34

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music 1950-1954

Scope and Content Note

KHA served as artistic advisor, guest conductor, and instructor
Carton 11, Folder 35

Music Teachers' Association of California, 4th annual convention, San Jose, Calif., speaker, July 1951 1951

Carton 11, Folder 36

Pacific Music Camp and Clinics, College of the Pacific, Stockton 1952-1961

Oversize Box 3, Folder 5

Photograph

Carton 11, Folder 37

Vallejo Symphony Orchestra Association, Community Symphony Orchestra Conference, speaker, May 16, 1953 1953

Carton 11, Folder 38

"Lecture" [Europe?], Correspondence and notes, German Consul papers 1955

Carton 11, Folder 39

Central Opera Service conference, New York, March 29-30 1957

Scope and Content Note

Panel presentation, "Repertory and Revision"
Carton 11, Folder 40

Sigma Alpha Iota, National Convention, San Francisco 1959

Scope and Content Note

California "Welcome" Banquet, speaker, "Outlook for Opera from San Francisco Opera Lookout," Aug. 7, 1959
Carton 11, Folder 41

University of Chicago Bay Area Club, Fourth Alumni Convention, San Francisco 1960

Scope and Content Note

Panel presentation, "Foundations for Sounds in the 60's," June 4, 1960
Carton 11, Folder 42

Vienna Symposium, May 11-15, 1980 [appearance cancelled] 1977-1980

Carton 11, Folder 43

Stanford, Austrian symposium, May 29-31, 1980 1980

Carton 11, Folder 44

San Diego Opera, Master class for conductors, May 1981 1981

Carton 12, Folder 1

Lyric Opera of Chicago, lecture on "Lady MacBeth," October 6, 1983 1983

Carton 12, Folder 2

Wagner Centennial, University of Illinois at Chicago, Nov. 9-12, 1983 1982-1983

Oversize Drawer B, Folder 1

Poster 1983

Carton 12, Folder 3

Association of Arts Administration Educators, Panel discussion at annual meeting, U.C.L.A., Feb. 17, 1984 1984

Carton 12, Folder 4

Verona Congress Festival (2nd International Conference on Lyric Theatre), Aug. 4-8, 1984 1984

Carton 12, Folder 5

Salzburg Seminar, Aug. 11-19, 1984 1983-1987

Carton 12, Folder 6

Leysin American School Seminar, Switzerland, Aug. 20-31, 1984 1984

Carton 12, Folder 7

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Young Conductor's Symposium, July 11-12, 1985 1984-1986

Carton 12, Folder 8

San Francisco Opera, Mediterranean Opera Festival Cruise on the Royal Viking Sky, Barcelona to Venice, Aug. 22-Sept. 3, 1985 1985

Carton 12, Folder 9

San Francisco State University, School of Creative Arts, Professor of Inter-Arts and artistic advisor 1986-1987

Oversize Drawer B, Folder 1

Poster for IAC Arts Management? 354, Fall Semester '86 1986

Carton 12, Folder 10

Conductors' Guild Annual Conference, talk on "The Conductor and Opera," New York City, Jan. 9-11, 1987 1986-1987

Carton 12, Folder 11

The Fromm Institute lectures, Oct.-Nov. 1987 1986-1987

Carton 12, Folder 12

Lectures and lecture notes 1960-1988, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes: Il Cenacolo; International Opera Symposium; University Club; San Francisco Symphony League; Sixty Plus of San Francisco State University; Nevada Opera Association; Concordia-Argonaut Club; Congregation Emanu-El; Carmelite Monastery; Convent of the Sacred Heart, "Seattle"
Carton 12, Folder 13

Announcements, introductions and tributes 1981-1987, undated

 

Series 5 General correspondence 1982-1988

Physical Description: Carton 12, folders 14-25

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of correspondence during the years following Maestro Adler's retirement from the San Francisco Opera. Correspondence with other opera companies, symphony orchestras, singers, conductors, designers, and others, chiefly concerning potential engagements, precede the general correspondence files kept by Adler. These contain letters to and from professional colleagues, friends and acquaintances, and fans.
Carton 12, Folder 14

KHA correspondence with other opera companies and symphony orchestras 1982-1987

Carton 12, Folder 15

KHA correspondence with singers, conductors, designers 1982-1988

Carton 12, Folder 16

KHA correspondence with Mayor's office 1982-1984

Carton 12, Folder 17

KHA correspondence with Shorenstein Nederlander 1982-1985

Carton 12, Folder 18-19

KHA correspondence, incoming/outgoing (chron files) 1982

Carton 12, Folder 20-25

KHA correspondence, incoming/outgoing 1982-1988

 

Series 6 Professional Service 1952-1988

Physical Description: Carton 13, folders 1-31

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, minutes, notes, reports, publicity, and a few photographs relating to Adler's professional activities in the world of music. Maestro Adler served as a judge at both local and international auditions and competitions, and as a member of numerous advisory boards. He was a member of the board of directors of many local foundations, national endowments, and international organizations concerned with art and music. Maestro Adler's participation in professional service increased significantly following his retirement from the San Francisco Opera.
Carton 13, Folder 1

Seeker's Club, San Quentin Prison, First annual music festival, judge 1952

 

Lake Tahoe Music & Arts Foundation, board member

Carton 13, Folder 2

Meeting minutes 1957 Sept.-Nov.

Carton 13, Folder 3

Mitropoulos awards, Stephens College, judge [declined] 1963

Carton 13, Folder 4

National Endowment for the Arts 1982-1987

Carton 13, Folder 5

National Council on the Arts 1980

Carton 13, Folder 6

Grants panel meeting 1980 Aug.

Carton 13, Folder 7

National Council on the Arts 1981

Carton 13, Folder 8

National Council on the Arts 1982-1986

 

On-Site Project

Scope and Content Note

The On-Site project is funded by the Opera-Musical Theater Program, National Endowment for the Arts
Carton 13, Folder 9

Pocket Opera Company 1983

Carton 13, Folder 10

Los Angeles Opera Theater 1983-1984

Carton 13, Folder 11

Eugene Opera Co. 1984

Carton 13, Folder 12

National Opera Institute (NOI) (John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.) 1981-1983

Carton 13, Folder 13

National Institute for Music Theater (NIMT) (formerly the National Opera Institute) 1983-1987

Carton 13, Folder 14

Opera America, XII Annual meeting, San Francisco 1981

Carton 13, Folder 15

Opera America 1982-1986

Carton 13, Folder 16-18

International Association of Opera Directors 1977-1982

Carton 13, Folder 19

Meeting of the general assembly, with Opera America, San Francisco 1981 Dec.

Carton 13, Folder 20

Photographs Undated

Carton 13, Folder 21

Maine Opera Association, Advisory Board 1984-1986

Carton 13, Folder 22

The Wolf Trap Foundation, Board of Directors 1984-1987

Carton 13, Folder 23

Stern Grove Festival Association, Board of Directors 1987

Carton 13, Folder 24

Napa Valley Opera House (Endowment) [NEA] 1985-1986

Carton 13, Folder 25

The Minnesota Opera, Board of Directors 1983-1986

 

Merola Opera Program

Carton 13, Folder 26

Board of Directors 1982-1984

Carton 13, Folder 27

San Francisco Girls Chorus 1982-1988

Carton 13, Folder 28

Archives for the Performing Arts, Board of Trustees 1983-1987

Carton 13, Folder 29

Business Committee for the Arts, Inc., judge 1981-1983

Carton 13, Folder 30

Armstrong-Martin Scholarship auditions, The Australian Opera, Sydney, judge 1984

Carton 13, Folder 31

The Wagner Society, Scholarship program, judge 1986-1987

 

Series 7 Recordings and Film, etc. 1975-1987

Physical Description: Carton 13, folders 32-49; Oversize Box 3, folder 6

Arrangement

Organized by subject (musical recording or interview), and then chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence and publicity concerning Maestro Adler's various recording opportunities and contracts, as well as San Francisco and London television documentaries and radio interviews with Adler.
Carton 13, Folder 32

KHA Publicity materials 1984-1987

Carton 13, Folder 33

CBS Records 1978

Carton 13, Folder 34

Germinal Hilbert 1982

Carton 13, Folder 35

Herbert Breslin 1982-1985

Carton 13, Folder 36

Columbia Artists Management, Inc., Joel Bloch, Betsy Crittenden 1985-1986

Carton 13, Folder 37

Autograph requests 1983-1987, n.d.

 

KHA recordings

Carton 13, Folder 38

Columbia (CBS), Scotto-Domingo, 1978 1975-1978

Carton 13, Folder 39

Decca/London, Pavarotti, Chiara 1975-1981

Carton 13, Folder 40

Decca/London, Adler of the Opera, 1978 1977-1979

Carton 13, Folder 41

Decca, M. Caballe, Mozart arias 1979

Carton 13, Folder 42

Decca/London, Leona Mitchell 1979-1980

Carton 13, Folder 43

Decca projects in the works, ideas, etc. 1978

Carton 13, Folder 44

Miscellaneous projects 1976

Oversize Box 3, Folder 6

Album covers (prints) Undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes San Francisco Opera Gala, and Luciano Pavarotti and KHA, "O Holy Night" with the National Philharmonic (London)
Carton 13, Folder 45

KHA television documentary (KQED) 1981-1982

Carton 13, Folder 46

General correspondence regarding television, radio, film, and recordings 1983-1986

Carton 13, Folder 47

National Public Radio (NPR), "The Sunday Show" 1981-1982

Carton 13, Folder 48

KQED 1982-1984

Carton 13, Folder 49

Sir Geraint Evans, "This is Your Life," interview with KHA, Thames Television Limited, Dec. 6, 1983 1983 Dec.

 

Series 8 Awards and Honors 1956-1988

Physical Description: Carton 14, folders 1-23; Oversize Box 3, folders 7-13

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of correspondence, certificates and resolutions, published articles and clippings concerning the many tributes, awards and honors recognizing Maestro Adler's contributions to the world of music. One file relating to awards for which there is limited documentation precedes those that are individually named. In addition to tributes, awards and honors from his professional peers, government officials and civic organizations, the series contains materials relating to several anniversary celebrations and Maestro Adler's retirement as General Director from the San Francisco Opera.
Carton 14, Folder 1

Tributes, awards and honors [1957]-1986 undated

Oversize Box 3, Folder 7

Articles and certificates 1975-1988

Carton 14, Folder 2

Articles and certificates (photocopies) 1956-1985

Carton 14, Folder 3

College of the Pacific, Stockton, honorary doctor of music degree 1956

Oversize Box 3, Folder 8

San Francisco Mayor and Board of Supervisors proclamations and resolutions 1957-1985

Oversize Box 3, Folder 9

State Senate and Assembly resolutions 1972-1985

Oversize Drawer B, Folder 1

Certificate of appreciation from Stern Grove Festival Association 1976 Aug. 1

Scope and Content Note

Original watercolor drawing, signed by Elise S. Haas, Honorary Chairman and Rhoda H. Goldman, Chairman
Oversize Box 3, Folder 10

Merola Opera Program tribute 1978

 

25th anniversary opening night, September 1968

Carton 14, Folder 4

Letters, cards and telegrams 1968 Sept.-Oct.

 

Gold and silver anniversary 1978 Jan.

 

Chamber of Commerce dinner

Carton 14, Folder 5

Congratulations and acknowledgements 1978 Jan.

Carton 14, Folder 6-7

Anniversary gala, KHA gold and silver jubilee 1978 Nov.

Carton 14, Folder 8

Cards received 1978

Oversize Box 3, Folder 11

Card and print material 1978

Carton 14, Folder 9

Thank you's 1978-1979.

Carton 14, Folder 10

Honorary Committee 1978

Carton 14, Folder 11

Opera Fair guest book 1978 Oct. 8

Carton 14, Folder 12

Clippings 1978-1979

Carton 14, Folder 13

Peabody Award, San Francisco Opera radio broadcasts 1980-1981

Oversize Box 3, Folder 12

Certificate 1980

 

Retirement as General Director

Carton 14, Folder 14

Program for new production of "Carmen" 1981 Dec. 13

Scope and Content Note

Opera in four acts by Georges Bizet; text by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy; First performance: Paris, March 3, 1875; First San Francisco Opera performance: October 1, 1927
Carton 14, Folder 14

"A Royal Roast - A Loyal Toast" 1981

Physical Description: Score

Scope and Content Note

Lyrics by Kenneth Malucelli; music by Wagner, Donizetti, Verdi, Sullivan, Bizet, and Puccini, arranged by Kenneth Malucelli
 

Correspondence regarding retirement, December 13, 1981

Carton 14, Folder 15

VIP messages 1981 Nov.-Dec.

Carton 14, Folder 16

Letters and cards 1981 Dec.

Carton 14, Folder 17

Acknowledgements 1981 Dec.

Oversize Drawer B, Folder 1

Lifetime membership certificate from Il Cenacolo 1981

Carton 14, Folder 18

Arts Management, Special Award 1981-1982

Carton 14, Folder 19

Conservator of American Arts Award 1983

Oversize Box 3, Folder 13

Certificate 1983

Carton 14, Folder 20

Marin Opera Company, testimonial dinner, March 24, 1984, congratulatory notes 1983-1984

Carton 14, Folder 21

Berkeley Fellows [1979]-1986

Carton 14, Folder 22

Commander of the British Empire 1980

Carton 14, Folder 23

Senior Citizen of the Year Award, Coming of Age, Inc., Stern Grove Festival Association, and City & County of San Francisco 1985

 

Series 9 Scores and Sheet Music Collection 1947-1986

Physical Description: Oversize Boxes 4-7; v. 2-12

Arrangement

Arranged by type, and then alphabetically by composer.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of Maestro Adler's annotated copies of musical scores for opera and orchestra as well as sheet music for several songs. His notes indicate cuts and variations for performances. The few dates that are included for some works probably reflect the year performed, not publication or edition which has been recorded with titles when obvious.
 

Operas

Oversize Box 4, Folder 1

Ludwig von Beethoven, Fidelio, Belwyn Mills, N.Y. Undated

Volume 2

Georges Bizet, Carmen, 1964 Alkor-Edition Kassel Undated

Oversize Box 4, Folder 2-4

G. Donizetti, Lucia da Lammermoor, Kalmus, N.Y. 1979

Volume 3

Engelbert Humperdinck, Hänsel und Gretel, 1894 Ernst Eulenburg, Leipzig-Wien Undated

Volume 4

W. A. Mozart, Cosí Fan Tutte, ["bought in 1958"] Broude Brothers, N.Y. Undated

Volume 5

Giacomo Puccini, Madama Butterfly, 1980 Ricordi & Co., Milano, Italy Undated

Volume 6

Giacomo Puccini, Tosca, 1976 Ricordi & Co., Milano, Italy Undated

Volume 7

Joh. Strauss, Fledermaus, Cranz & Co. Undated

Volume 8

G. Verdi, Il Trovatore, Kalmus, N.Y. Undated

Volume 9

G. Verdi, La Forza Del Destino, C. F. Peters, Frankfurt Undated

Volume 10

G. Verdi, Rigoletto, Broude Brothers, N.Y. 1984

Volume 11

Giuseppe Verdi, Un Ballo in Maschera, 1973 Ricordi, Milano, Italy Undated

Oversize Box 4, Folder 5

Richard Wagner, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, C. F. Peters, Leipzig Undated

Oversize Box 5, Folder 1-2

Richard Wagner, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Kalmus, N.Y. 1981; 1986

Volume 12

Richard Wagner, Tristan und Isolde, C. F. Peters, Leipzig Undated

Oversize Box 5, Folder 3

Carl Maria von Weber, Der Freischütz, 1977 Dover Undated

Oversize Box 5, Folder 4

Loose items removed from v. 2-12 Undated

 

Orchestral music

Oversize Box 5, Folder 5

Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 5, C Minor, Breitkopf & Härtel Undated

Oversize Box 5, Folder 5

Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 6, F Major, Breitkopf & Härtel Undated

Oversize Box 5, Folder 6

Johannes Brahms, Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52a, Carl Fischer, N.Y. Undated

Oversize Box 5, Folder 7

Johannes Brahms, Tragic Overture, Op. 81, Kalmus, N.Y. Undated

Oversize Box 5, Folder 7

Johannes Brahms, Konzert B-Dur, Op. 83, Partitur/Breitkopf & Härtel, Leipzig 1981

Oversize Box 5, Folder 7

Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 3 in F major, Kalmus, N.Y. Undated

Oversize Box 6, Folder 1

Antonin Dvorak, Symphony No. 4 [8] in G Major, Ernst Eulenburg, London-Zürich 1956

Oversize Box 6, Folder 1

Antonin Dvorak, Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Kalmus, N.Y. Undated

Oversize Box 6, Folder 1

Anton Dvorak, Symphony No. 9 in E Minor (New World), Kalmus, N.Y. Undated

Oversize Box 6, Folder 2

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Symphony No. 4, A major (Italian Symphony), Breitkopf & Härtel, N.Y. Undated

Oversize Box 6, Folder 2

Darius Milhaud, Suite Francaise, 1947 Leeds Music Corp. Undated

Oversize Box 6, Folder 2

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony No. 41 C major ("Jupiter" Symphony), K. 551, Breitkopf & Härtel, N.Y. Undated

Oversize Box 6, Folder 3

Robert Schumann, Symphony No. 3 E[flat] Major, Breitkopf & Härtel, N.Y. 1953

Oversize Box 6, Folder 3

Robert Schumann, Symphony No. 4 D minor, Breitkopf & Härtel, N.Y. Undated

Oversize Box 6, Folder 4

Johann Strauss, Blue Danube Waltz (An der schönen blauen Donau); adapted by Henry Sopkin, Carl Fischer, N.Y. Undated

Oversize Box 6, Folder 4

Richard Wagner, Siegfried Idyll, Breitkopf & Härtel, N.Y. Undated

Oversize Box 6, Folder 4

Alexander Wunderer, Sonate für Viola und Klavier, op. 21, Verlag Ludwig Doblinger, Wien 1953

 

Songs

Oversize Box 6, Folder 5

L. van Beethoven, An die Freude, C. F. Peters, Leipzig Undated

Oversize Box 6, Folder 5

Samuel Barber, Knoxville: Summer of 1915 for Voice and Orchestra, 1952, G. Schirmer, N.Y. Undated

Oversize Box 6, Folder 5

Frank Bridge, Love Wend A-Riding, Boston Music Co. Undated

Oversize Box 6, Folder 5

Alexander Wunderer, Die Jahreszeiten in Over-St. Veit, Brüder Rosenbaum, Wien Undated

 

Manuscript copies

Oversize Box 7, Folder 1

Eric Zeisl, Romantic Comedy Suite (Taken from the Opera Leance & Leona) [after the play of George Buchner (author of Wozzek)] Undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes Prelude; Harlequin; Riding south through the woods; Love music; Festival music & Wedding dance
Oversize Box 7, Folder 2

Eric Zeisl, "Kuma Echa," "Cossakdance," and untitled Undated

Oversize Box 7, Folder 3

Ernest Kanitz, Motion Picture; Three Fantasies for Orchestra Undated

Scope and Content Note

Copy stamped: "Property of Carl Fischer, Inc., N.Y., to be used for licensed performance only and to be returned after performance; not for sale."
Oversize Box 7, Folder 4

Rudolph R. Reti, The Greatest of All (I, Corinthians 13) for two Soli, Women's Chorus and String Orchestra 1947

Scope and Content Note

Inscribed: "To my cousin and friend Kurt with Christmas greetings (1947) from Rudolph"; photograph laid-in
Oversize Box 7, Folder 5

Zhou Long, "Fisherman's Song," symphonic poem 1981; undated

Physical Description: With this: another score for orchestra (unattributed)

Scope and Content Note

In Chinese
 

Series 10 Clippings 1939-1988

Physical Description: Cartons 15-16; Oversize Box 8

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of loose clippings which have been roughly sorted by year. Clippings are also found in scrapbooks in Series 1 and occasionally in files relating to specific programs, events, or activities.
Carton 15, Folder 1-14

Clippings 1939-1961

Carton 16, Folder 1-16

Clippings 1962-1988

Oversize Box 8, Folder 1-4

Clippings 1940-1987

 

Series 11 Calendars and Appointment Books 1937-1988

Physical Description: Card File Boxes 1-3 (housed in Carton 17); Carton 14, folders 24-28

Arrangement

Arranged by format, and then chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of calendars and appointments books in various forms, which Maestro Adler appears to have kept consistently for most of his career. Similar notebooks are also found in Series 2.6.2: Travel Notebooks and Calendars.
Carton 17, Card File Box 1

Pocket calendars 1937-1954

Carton 17, Card File Box 2

Desk calendars 1963-1976

Carton 17, Folder Card File Box 3

Desk calendars 1977-1981

Carton 14, Folder 24-28

Appointment books 1982-1988

 

Series 12 Personal and Family Papers 1921-1990

Physical Description: Box 1; Oversize Box 6, folders 6-7

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically or hierarchically, as appropriate.

Scope and Content Note

Contains only a few notebooks and one textbook from Adler's student years, a small amount of memorabilia and clippings related to European family members, and some correspondence, ephemera, and photographs of the families resulting from both marriages. The bulk of the series consists of birthday cards and letters, chiefly in connection with Adler's 80th birthday, and concludes with obituary and memorial notices.
Box 1, Folder 1

Student notebooks (in German) 1921-1925

Oversize Box 6, Folder 6-7

Instrumentationslehre von Hector Berlioz; ergänzt und revidiert von Richard Strauss, 1904 C. F. Peters, Leipzig 1923-1924

Oversize Box 6, Folder 7

Student notebook (in German) 1923-1924

Box 1, Folder 2

Family memorabilia and clippings 1948-1949

Box 1, Folder 3

Family portraits 1950s-1980s

Box 1, Folder 4

The Family Club 1955-1985

Box 1, Folder 5

Adler Family Europe trip, July 23 - August 27, 1982 1982

Box 1, Folder 6-11

KHA Birthday greetings, notes, cards, and thank-you's 1979-1985

Box 1, Folder 12

In memoriam 1988-1990