Peter Adler, former BSO conductor, dies at 91

October 04, 1990

Peter Herman Adler, music director and conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra between 1959 and 1968, died in his sleep early Tuesday in the home of friends in Ridgefield, Conn. He was 91.

As artistic director of the NBC Opera Company in New York from 1949 to 1959, he pioneered the broadcasting of opera on television.

After his tenure at the BSO, he returned to New York, where he was artistic director of National Education Television, predecessor of PBS. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1972.

From 1973 until his retirement in 1981, Mr. Adler was director of the American Opera Center at the Juilliard School in New York.

Mr. Adler was born in Jablonec, in what is now Czechoslovakia. He studied composition and conducting with Alexander von Zemlinsky at the Prague Conservatory.

In the 1930s, Mr. Adler was music director of the Bremen State Opera in Germany and the State Philharmonia of Kiev in the Soviet Union.

He emigrated to the United States in 1939.

There are no survivors.

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