Black-and-white photograph signed in full and inscribed to Marilyn Horne, 1981. Kurt Herbert ADLER.

Black-and-white photograph signed in full and inscribed to Marilyn Horne, 1981

256 x 202 mm. Photograph by David Powers with his small San Francisco studio handstamp to upper right corner of verso.

The image depicts Adler at the podium, conducting, with the orchestra in the foreground and the audience in the background. Inscribed in black ink: "To Marilyn Horne, with warm thanks for the great Park Concert on 13 September 1981. Most Cordially Kurt Adler."

From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).

Austrian conductor Kurt Adler came to Chicago in 1938 before joining the San Francisco Opera, a post he held from 1943 until 1981. Adler began offering free concerts at Golden Gate Park in 1973 to open the new season, and the tradition continues to this day. The concert in 1981, featuring Marilyn Horne, was one of his last appearances on the podium.

"Horne had a voice of extraordinary range, rich and tangy in timbre, with a stentorian chest register and an exciting top... In concert she once achieved the feat of singing in a single programme Rossini arias and Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene, proof of her exceptional versatility. Throughout her lengthy career she was an admired recitalist, singing lieder, mélodies, Spanish and American songs with equal aplomb." Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online. Item #31452

Price: $75.00  other currencies

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