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CURRENT SEASON

Adam Palka’s 2018/19 season includes his house debuts at Teatro Real Madrid as Méphistophélès in Faust and at the Glyndebourne festival as Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, as well as his return to Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf as Alidoro in La Cenerentola and  to Theater Stuttgart as Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Colline in La bohème, Four Villains in The Tales of Hoffmann.


FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS

The upcoming seasons bring such important house debuts for the young bass as the ROH Covent Garden, Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, Teatro Liceu Barcelona and Opéra National de Paris Bastille, along with his position as an ensemble member  at the renowned Stuttgart Opera. His future roles include Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Escamillo in Carmen, Skula in Prince Igor, Mephistophélès in Faust, Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Oreo in Semiramide...


PAST ENGAGEMENTS

He performed Méphistophélès in Faust at Grand Théâtre de Genève and Stuttgart Opera; Alidoro in La Cenerentola at Stuttgart Opera and Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf; Leporello in Don Giovanni at Stuttgart Opera and Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf; Sir Giorgio Valton in I puritani at Stuttgart Opera; Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Stuttgart Opera, Opéra de Lille and Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf; Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro at Cologne Opera and Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Publio in La Clemenza di Tito at Polish National Opera Warsaw; Caronte in Orlando paladino at Théâtre du Châtelet Paris; Colline in La bohème at both Stuttgart and Düsseldorf.

 

 

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Upcoming

December 2018
0719:00

Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Basilio

Oper Stuttgart

Antonino Fogliani, Conductor

Beat Fäh, Stage Director

16

Puccini - La bohème - Colline

Oper Stuttgart

Cornelius Meister, Conductor

Thomas Guggeis, Conductor

Andrea Moses, Stage Director

18

Puccini - La bohème - Colline

Oper Stuttgart

Cornelius Meister, Conductor

Thomas Guggeis, Conductor

Andrea Moses, Stage Director

January 2019
13

Puccini - La bohème - Colline

Oper Stuttgart

Cornelius Meister, Conductor

Thomas Guggeis, Conductor

30

Offenbach - Les contes d'Hoffmann - Lindorf / Coppélius / Dapertutto / Miracle

Oper Stuttgart

Marc Piollet, Conductor

Christoph Marthaler, Stage Director

February 2019
08

Offenbach - Les contes d'Hoffmann - Lindorf / Coppélius / Dapertutto / Miracle

Oper Stuttgart

Marc Piollet, Conductor

Christoph Marthaler, Stage Director

14

Offenbach - Les contes d'Hoffmann - Lindorf / Coppélius / Dapertutto / Miracle

Oper Stuttgart

Marc Piollet, Conductor

Christoph Marthaler, Stage Director

17

Offenbach - Les contes d'Hoffmann - Lindorf / Coppélius / Dapertutto / Miracle

Oper Stuttgart

Marc Piollet, Conductor

Christoph Marthaler, Stage Director

24

Offenbach - Les contes d'Hoffmann - Lindorf / Coppélius / Dapertutto / Miracle

Oper Stuttgart

Marc Piollet, Conductor

Christoph Marthaler, Stage Director

28

Offenbach - Les contes d'Hoffmann - Lindorf / Coppélius / Dapertutto / Miracle

Oper Stuttgart

Marc Piollet, Conductor

Christoph Marthaler, Stage Director

March 2019
08

Offenbach - Les contes d'Hoffmann - Lindorf / Coppélius / Dapertutto / Miracle

Oper Stuttgart

Marc Piollet, Conductor

Christoph Marthaler, Stage Director

11

Offenbach - Les contes d'Hoffmann - Lindorf / Coppélius / Dapertutto / Miracle

Oper Stuttgart

Marc Piollet, Conductor

Christoph Marthaler, Stage Director

13

Offenbach - Les contes d'Hoffmann - Lindorf / Coppélius / Dapertutto / Miracle

Oper Stuttgart

Marc Piollet, Conductor

Christoph Marthaler, Stage Director

April 2019
11

Puccini - La bohème - Colline

Oper Stuttgart

Cornelius Meister, Conductor

Thomas Guggeis, Conductor

30

Puccini - La bohème - Colline

Oper Stuttgart

Cornelius Meister, Conductor

Thomas Guggeis, Conductor

Previous

November 2018
1111:00

2. Sinfoniekonzert - Bass

Oper Stuttgart

Vladimir Fedoseyev, Conductor

1219:30

2. Sinfoniekonzert - Bass

Oper Stuttgart

Vladimir Fedoseyev, Conductor

1419:00

Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Basilio

Oper Stuttgart

Antonino Fogliani, Conductor

Beat Fäh, Stage Director

1519:30

Verdi - Rigoletto - Sparafucile

Oper Stuttgart

Giuliano Carella, Conductor

Jossi Wieler, Stage Director

1619:30

Rossini - La Cenerentola - Alidoro

Deutsche Oper am Rhein

Antonino Fogliani, Conductor

Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Stage Director

1719:00

Verdi - Rigoletto - Sparafucile

Oper Stuttgart

Giuliano Carella, Conductor

Jossi Wieler, Stage Director

2219:30

Rossini - La Cenerentola - Alidoro

Deutsche Oper am Rhein

Antonino Fogliani, Conductor

Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Stage Director

2319:00

Verdi - Rigoletto - Sparafucile

Oper Stuttgart

Giuliano Carella, Conductor

Jossi Wieler, Stage Director

2519:00

Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Basilio

Oper Stuttgart

Antonino Fogliani, Conductor

Beat Fäh, Stage Director

2819:00

Verdi - Rigoletto - Sparafucile

Oper Stuttgart

Giuliano Carella, Conductor

Jossi Wieler, Stage Director

October 2018
0320:00

Gounod - Faust - Méphisto

Teatro Real, Madrid

Dan Ettinger, Conductor

Àlex Ollé , Stage Director

0419:00

Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Basilio

Oper Stuttgart

Antonino Fogliani, Conductor

Beat Fäh, Stage Director

1019:00

Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Basilio

Oper Stuttgart

Antonino Fogliani, Conductor

Beat Fäh, Stage Director

1919:30

Verdi - Rigoletto - Sparafucile

Oper Stuttgart

Giuliano Carella, Conductor

Jossi Wieler, Stage Director

2519:30

Verdi - Rigoletto - Sparafucile

Oper Stuttgart

Giuliano Carella, Conductor

Jossi Wieler, Stage Director

2919:00

Verdi - Rigoletto - Sparafucile

Oper Stuttgart

Giuliano Carella, Conductor

Jossi Wieler, Stage Director

September 2018
3020:00

Gounod - Faust - Méphisto

Teatro Real, Madrid

Dan Ettinger, Conductor

Àlex Ollé , Stage Director

July 2018
1219:00

Bellini - I Puritani - Sir Giorgio

Oper Stuttgart

Manlio Benzi, Conductor

Jossi Wieler, Stage Director

1515:00

Bellini - I Puritani - Sir Giorgio

Oper Stuttgart

Manlio Benzi, Conductor

Jossi Wieler, Stage Director

1719:00

Bellini - I Puritani - Sir Giorgio

Oper Stuttgart

Manlio Benzi, Conductor

Jossi Wieler, Stage Director

2419:00

Bellini - I Puritani - Sir Giorgio

Oper Stuttgart

Manlio Benzi, Conductor

Jossi Wieler, Stage Director

June 2018
0118:00

Gounod - Faust - Mephistopheles

Oper Stuttgart

Marc Soustrot, Conductor

Frank Castorf, Stage Director

0318:00

Mozart - Le nozze di Figaro - Figaro

Oper Köln

Rubén Dubrovsky, Conductor

Emmanuelle Bastet, Stage Director

May 2018
1219:00

Mozart - Le nozze di Figaro - Figaro

Oper Köln

Rubén Dubrovsky, Conductor

Emmanuelle Bastet, Stage Director

1618:00

Gounod - Faust - Mephistopheles

Oper Stuttgart

Marc Soustrot, Conductor

Frank Castorf, Stage Director

1819:00

Mozart - Le nozze di Figaro - Figaro

Oper Köln

Rubén Dubrovsky, Conductor

Emmanuelle Bastet, Stage Director

2118:00

Mozart - Le nozze di Figaro - Figaro

Oper Köln

Rubén Dubrovsky, Conductor

Emmanuelle Bastet, Stage Director

2718:00

Mozart - Le nozze di Figaro - Figaro

Oper Köln

Rubén Dubrovsky, Conductor

Emmanuelle Bastet, Stage Director

2818:00

Gounod - Faust - Mephistopheles

Oper Stuttgart

Marc Soustrot, Conductor

Frank Castorf, Stage Director

April 2018
0818:00

Gounod - Faust - Mephistopheles

Oper Stuttgart

Marc Soustrot, Conductor

Frank Castorf, Stage Director

1318:00

Gounod - Faust - Mephistopheles

Oper Stuttgart

Marc Soustrot, Conductor

Frank Castorf, Stage Director

2118:00

Gounod - Faust - Mephistopheles

Oper Stuttgart

Marc Soustrot, Conductor

Frank Castorf, Stage Director

March 2018
1118:00

Mozart - La Clemenza di Tito - Publio

Polish National Opera, Warsaw

Benjamin Bayl, Conductor

Ivo van Hove, Stage Director

1319:00

Mozart - La Clemenza di Tito - Publio

Polish National Opera, Warsaw

Benjamin Bayl, Conductor

Ivo van Hove, Stage Director

1519:00

Mozart - La Clemenza di Tito - Publio

Polish National Opera, Warsaw

Benjamin Bayl, Conductor

Ivo van Hove, Stage Director

1818:00

Mozart - La Clemenza di Tito - Publio

Polish National Opera, Warsaw

Benjamin Bayl, Conductor

Ivo van Hove, Stage Director

February 2018
0119:30

Gounod - Faust - Mephistopheles

Grand Théâtre de Genève

Jesús López Cobos, Conductor

Georges Lavaudant, Stage Director

0319:30

Gounod - Faust - Mephistopheles

Grand Théâtre de Genève

Jesús López Cobos, Conductor

Georges Lavaudant, Stage Director

0519:30

Gounod - Faust - Mephistopheles

Grand Théâtre de Genève

Jesús López Cobos, Conductor

Georges Lavaudant, Stage Director

0719:30

Gounod - Faust - Mephistopheles

Grand Théâtre de Genève

Jesús López Cobos, Conductor

Georges Lavaudant, Stage Director

0919:30

Gounod - Faust - Mephistopheles

Grand Théâtre de Genève

Jesús López Cobos, Conductor

Georges Lavaudant, Stage Director

1219:30

Gounod - Faust - Mephistopheles

Grand Théâtre de Genève

Jesús López Cobos, Conductor

Georges Lavaudant, Stage Director

1419:30

Gounod - Faust - Mephistopheles

Grand Théâtre de Genève

Jesús López Cobos, Conductor

Georges Lavaudant, Stage Director

1815:00

Gounod - Faust - Mephistopheles

Grand Théâtre de Genève

Jesús López Cobos, Conductor

Georges Lavaudant, Stage Director

January 2018
1919:00

Mozart - Don Giovanni - Leporello

Oper Stuttgart

Willem Wentzel, Conductor

Andrea Moses, Stage Director

December 2017
1620:00

Szymanowski - Stabat Mater - Bass

NDR Radiophilharmonie

Sylvain Cambreling, Conductor

November 2017
0116:00

Rossini - La Cenerentola - Alidoro

Oper Stuttgart

Maurizio Barbacini, Conductor

Andrea Moses, Stage Director

1119:00

Mozart - Don Giovanni - Leporello

Oper Stuttgart

Willem Wentzel, Conductor

Andrea Moses, Stage Director

1619:00

Mozart - Don Giovanni - Leporello

Oper Stuttgart

Willem Wentzel, Conductor

Andrea Moses, Stage Director

October 2017
0119:00

Rossini - La Cenerentola - Alidoro

Oper Stuttgart

Maurizio Barbacini, Conductor

Andrea Moses, Stage Director

0819:00

Rossini - La Cenerentola - Alidoro

Oper Stuttgart

Maurizio Barbacini, Conductor

Andrea Moses, Stage Director

1518:00

Rossini - La Cenerentola - Alidoro

Oper Stuttgart

Maurizio Barbacini, Conductor

Andrea Moses, Stage Director

2019:00

Rossini - La Cenerentola - Alidoro

Oper Stuttgart

Maurizio Barbacini, Conductor

Andrea Moses, Stage Director

September 2017
2419:00

Rossini - La Cenerentola - Alidoro

Oper Stuttgart

Maurizio Barbacini, Conductor

Andrea Moses, Stage Director

July 2017
1319:00

Mozart - Le nozze di Figaro - Figaro

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

William Lacey, Conductor

Evgeny Pisarev, Stage Director

1519:00

Mozart - Le nozze di Figaro - Figaro

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

William Lacey, Conductor

Evgeny Pisarev, Stage Director

June 2017
0219:00

Bellini - I Puritani - Sir Giorgio

Oper Stuttgart

Manlio Benzi, Conductor

Jossi Wieler, Stage Director

0619:00

Bellini - I Puritani - Sir Giorgio

Oper Stuttgart

Manlio Benzi, Conductor

Jossi Wieler, Stage Director

0619:30

Gounod - Faust - Méphistophélès

Staatstheater Darmstadt

Michael Nündel, Conductor

Karsten Wiegand, Stage Director

1619:00

Bellini - I Puritani - Sir Giorgio

Oper Stuttgart

Manlio Benzi, Conductor

Jossi Wieler, Stage Director

2319:00

Bellini - I Puritani - Sir Giorgio

Oper Stuttgart

Manlio Benzi, Conductor

Jossi Wieler, Stage Director

2419:30

Gounod - Faust - Méphistophélès

Staatstheater Darmstadt

Michael Nündel, Conductor

Karsten Wiegand, Stage Director

2619:00

Bellini - I Puritani - Sir Giorgio

Oper Stuttgart

Manlio Benzi, Conductor

Jossi Wieler, Stage Director

May 2017
0419:30

Gounod - Faust - Méphistophélès

Staatstheater Darmstadt

Michael Nündel, Conductor

Karsten Wiegand, Stage Director

1219:30

Gounod - Faust - Méphistophélès

Staatstheater Darmstadt

Michael Nündel, Conductor

Karsten Wiegand, Stage Director

1919:30

Gounod - Faust - Conductor - Méphistophélès

Staatstheater Darmstadt

Karsten Wiegand, Stage Director

1919:30

Gounod - Faust - Méphistophélès

Staatstheater Darmstadt

Felix Bender, Conductor

Karsten Wiegand, Stage Director

2119:00

Bellini - I Puritani - Sir Giorgio

Oper Stuttgart

Manlio Benzi, Conductor

Jossi Wieler, Stage Director

2419:00

Bellini - I Puritani - Sir Giorgio

Oper Stuttgart

Manlio Benzi, Conductor

Jossi Wieler, Stage Director

2719:00

Bellini - I Puritani - Sir Giorgio

Oper Stuttgart

Manlio Benzi, Conductor

Jossi Wieler, Stage Director

2919:00

Bellini - I Puritani - Sir Giorgio

Oper Stuttgart

Manlio Benzi, Conductor

Jossi Wieler, Stage Director

April 2017
1418:00

Gounod - Faust - Méphistophélès

Staatstheater Darmstadt

Michael Nündel, Conductor

Karsten Wiegand, Stage Director

2018:30

Mozart - Le nozze di Figaro - Figaro

The New National Theatre, Tokyo

Constantin Trinks, Conductor

Andreas Homoki, Stage Director

2314:00

Mozart - Le nozze di Figaro - Figaro

The New National Theatre, Tokyo

Constantin Trinks, Conductor

Andreas Homoki, Stage Director

2614:00

Mozart - Le nozze di Figaro - Figaro

The New National Theatre, Tokyo

Constantin Trinks, Conductor

Andreas Homoki, Stage Director

2914:00

Mozart - Le nozze di Figaro - Figaro

The New National Theatre, Tokyo

Constantin Trinks, Conductor

Andreas Homoki, Stage Director

March 2017
1019:30

Gounod - Faust - Méphistophélès

Staatstheater Darmstadt

Michael Nündel, Conductor

Karsten Wiegand, Stage Director

1119:00

Mozart - Don Giovanni - Leporello

Zürich Opera House

Riccardo Minasi, Conductor

Sebastian Baumgarten, Stage Director

1519:00

Mozart - Don Giovanni - Leporello

Zürich Opera House

Riccardo Minasi, Conductor

Sebastian Baumgarten, Stage Director

1719:30

Mozart - Don Giovanni - Leporello

Zürich Opera House

Riccardo Minasi, Conductor

Sebastian Baumgarten, Stage Director

2614:00

Mozart - Don Giovanni - Leporello

Zürich Opera House

Riccardo Minasi, Conductor

Sebastian Baumgarten, Stage Director

3119:00

Mozart - Don Giovanni - Leporello

Zürich Opera House

Riccardo Minasi, Conductor

Sebastian Baumgarten, Stage Director

February 2017
12

Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin - Gremin

Oper Stuttgart

Timo Handschuh, Conductor

Waltraud Lehner, Stage Director

1918:00

Rossini - Guillaume Tell - Walter Furst

Polish National Opera, Warsaw

Andriy Yurkevych, Conductor

David Pountney, Stage Director

2219:00

Rossini - Guillaume Tell - Walter Furst

Polish National Opera, Warsaw

Andriy Yurkevych, Conductor

David Pountney, Stage Director

2419:00

Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin - Gremin

Oper Stuttgart

Timo Handschuh, Conductor

Waltraud Lehner, Stage Director

2519:00

Rossini - Guillaume Tell - Walter Furst

Polish National Opera, Warsaw

Andriy Yurkevych, Conductor

David Pountney, Stage Director

January 2017
06

Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin - Gremin

Oper Stuttgart

Timo Handschuh, Conductor

Waltraud Lehner, Stage Director

14

Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin - Gremin

Oper Stuttgart

Timo Handschuh, Conductor

Waltraud Lehner, Stage Director

2719:30

Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin - Gremin

Oper Stuttgart

Timo Handschuh, Conductor

Waltraud Lehner, Stage Director

December 2016
1819:00

Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin - Gremin

Oper Stuttgart

Timo Handschuh, Conductor

Waltraud Lehner, Stage Director

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Grand Théâtre de Genève - Faust - Méphistophélès, February 2018

It is simply a permanent joy to listen to him on stage or on record. Endowed with almost colossal, telluric vocal means, the Polish bass Adam Palka makes light work of the role of Mephistopheles in both its evil and almost comical aspects. In fact, he's going too far in several occasions and mishandles the phrasing too often unnecessarily accentuating the vocal or musical intention. His French is not yet too idiomatic, but the artist has vast resources that once channeled a bit, should allow him to count among the main basses of our time.

- Olyrix, José PonsRead the article

In Faust, the devil always gets the best tunes; in this production, he also got the best voice: as he was for Oper Stuttgart last season, Adam Palka was sensational. Unusually for a bass, his voice is youthful and virile whilst also having immense reserves of power. He could make Méphistophélès impossibly suave and attractive or turn him, in an instant, into a terrifying authoritarian. One normally associates the deep notes of a bass with gravel or velvet: with Palka, they were cold steel.

- Bachtrack, David KarlinRead the article


Staatsoper Stuttgart - Faust - Méphistophélès - 2016/17

This production might just as well have gone down the Boito route and called it Méphistophélès, so consummately did Adam Palka’s devil dominate the evening. This richly characterful Polish bass had the charisma and allure to entrap the most wary.

- Matthew Rye, 04 November 2016 - BachtrackRead the article


Staatsoper Stuttgart - La Cenerentola - Alidoro, 2017/18

Über allen stand nicht nur rollenbedingt als lenkender philosophischer Erzieher Alidoro, sondern dank seiner faszinierend üppigen Bass-Resonanz wieder Adam Palka. Die große Arie, in der er Angelina eine Wendung zum Guten prophezeit, wurde mittels breit strömendem Legato, geschmeidiger Führung und ergiebig ausgeschöpfter großer Registerbeherrschung wieder zu einem Höhepunkt der Aufführung.

- Udo Klebes, Der Neue MerkerRead the article


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