Kurt Singer, the son of a rabbi from West Prussia, studied medicine and music. From 1908, he worked as a psychiatrist at Berlin’s Charité Hospital. His area of specialization was work-related illness among musicians. From 1927 to 1931 he served initially as assistant artistic director and then as artistic director of the Berlin State Opera. After the foundation of the Cultural Association of Jewish Cultural League, Singer briefly went into exile in the Netherlands but then returned to Berlin. He was arrested in 1943 and deported, first to the Westerbork concentration camp and then, in 1944, on to Theresienstadt. He died there that same year.