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Bass

Adam Palka

"...it is simply a permanent joy to listen to him on stage, or on record. Endowed with almost colossal, telluric vocal means"
- Olyrix, José Pons

Represented by

Alex Grigorev
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Elena Onoprienko
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Evgeniya Malygina
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Biography Highlights

 
 

Future Engagements

Debuts as Mephistopheles Faust at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Wiener Staatsoper, as Escamillo Carmen at Canadian Opera Company*, Teatro Liceu Barcelona debut as Gremin Eugene Onegin*. Filippo II Don Carlo, Count Rodolfo La Sonnambula, Oroveso Norma, and Fasolt Das Rheingold at the Staatsoper Stuttgart.    

 
 

Past Engagements

Debut at the Opéra de Paris Bastille as Skula Prince Igor, at the Staatsoper Stuttgart the title role Boris Godunov, the title character Mefistofele, Mephistopheles Faust, Sparafucile Rigoletto and the Four Villains Les contes d’Hoffmann. At the Teatro Real Madrid, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Staatsoper Stuttgart as Méphistophélès Faust, at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf and Staatsoper Stuttgart as Alidoro La Cenerentola. Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro at Oper Köln and at the Bolshoi Theater Moscow, Publio La Clemenza di Tito at the Polish National Opera Warsaw, Caronte Orlando paladino at Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, and Colline La bohème at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf and Staatsoper Stuttgart. At the Glyndebourne Festival as Don Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia. The bass soloist part in Beethoven’s 9. Symphony with the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Szczecin Philharmonic*. [*- cancelled]
 

 
 

Portraits

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Le Nozze di Figaro

Bolshoi Theatre Moscow - "Aprite un po' quegli occhi"

Le Nozze di Figaro

Bolshoi Theatre Moscow - "Aprite un po' quegli occhi"

Count Walter

Verdi - Luisa Miller

Count Walter

Verdi - Luisa Miller

Mephistopheles

Gounod - Faust

Mephistopheles

Gounod - Faust

Discography

Adam in Bellini: I Puritani

Bellini: I Puritani

Bellini: I Puritani

 

Reviews & Press

 
 

Wiener Staatsoper - Gounod - Faust - Mephistopheles

Bass Adam Palka was a charming Méphistophélès, singing with a dark, cavernous voice, portraying the Devil more like a vampire/voodoo sorcerer. [...] He sang a powerful “Le veau d’or” and blended well with Florez’s voice in their act I duet “A moi, les plaisirs…”.
 

- Ingrid Haas , Operaclick

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Adam Palka is an excellent Mephistopheles, fully entering into the demonic nature of this version of the character and proving to be menacing in tone and performance.
 

- Keris Nine , OperaJournal

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In another house debut Adam Palka – who had sung the role in Stuttgart – was an oddly charismatic Méphistophélès given how reptilian, vampiric and demonically intimidating he must be. His resonant bass notes were a thing of wonder given his long and lean physique.
 

- Jim Pritchard , Seen and Heard International

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Wiener Staatsoper - Gounod - Faust - Mephistopheles

Bass Adam Palka was a charming Méphistophélès, singing with a dark, cavernous voice, portraying the Devil more like a vampire/voodoo sorcerer. [...] He sang a powerful “Le veau d’or” and blended well with Florez’s voice in their act I duet “A moi, les plaisirs…”.
 

- Ingrid Haas , Operaclick

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Adam Palka is an excellent Mephistopheles, fully entering into the demonic nature of this version of the character and proving to be menacing in tone and performance.
 

- Keris Nine , OperaJournal

Read this article

In another house debut Adam Palka – who had sung the role in Stuttgart – was an oddly charismatic Méphistophélès given how reptilian, vampiric and demonically intimidating he must be. His resonant bass notes were a thing of wonder given his long and lean physique.
 

- Jim Pritchard , Seen and Heard International

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Gran Teatre del Liceu - Mozart. - Don Giovanni - Il Commendatore

...the bass Adam Palka, whose character appears little but is crucial in the last act, made his deep voice resonate as the statue of the Commander.
 

- Taret Manos , El Periodico

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Wiener Staatsoper - Gounod - Faust - Mephistopheles

Bass Adam Palka was a charming Méphistophélès, singing with a dark, cavernous voice, portraying the Devil more like a vampire/voodoo sorcerer. [...] He sang a powerful “Le veau d’or” and blended well with Florez’s voice in their act I duet “A moi, les plaisirs…”.
 

- Ingrid Haas , Operaclick

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Adam Palka is an excellent Mephistopheles, fully entering into the demonic nature of this version of the character and proving to be menacing in tone and performance.
 

- Keris Nine , OperaJournal

Read this article

In another house debut Adam Palka – who had sung the role in Stuttgart – was an oddly charismatic Méphistophélès given how reptilian, vampiric and demonically intimidating he must be. His resonant bass notes were a thing of wonder given his long and lean physique.
 

- Jim Pritchard , Seen and Heard International

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Gran Teatre del Liceu - Mozart. - Don Giovanni - Il Commendatore

...the bass Adam Palka, whose character appears little but is crucial in the last act, made his deep voice resonate as the statue of the Commander.
 

- Taret Manos , El Periodico

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Wiener Staatsoper - Gounod - Faust - Mephistopheles

Bass Adam Palka was a charming Méphistophélès, singing with a dark, cavernous voice, portraying the Devil more like a vampire/voodoo sorcerer. [...] He sang a powerful “Le veau d’or” and blended well with Florez’s voice in their act I duet “A moi, les plaisirs…”.
 

- Ingrid Haas , Operaclick

Read this article

Adam Palka is an excellent Mephistopheles, fully entering into the demonic nature of this version of the character and proving to be menacing in tone and performance.
 

- Keris Nine , OperaJournal

Read this article

In another house debut Adam Palka – who had sung the role in Stuttgart – was an oddly charismatic Méphistophélès given how reptilian, vampiric and demonically intimidating he must be. His resonant bass notes were a thing of wonder given his long and lean physique.
 

- Jim Pritchard , Seen and Heard International

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Gran Teatre del Liceu - Mozart. - Don Giovanni - Il Commendatore

...the bass Adam Palka, whose character appears little but is crucial in the last act, made his deep voice resonate as the statue of the Commander.
 

- Taret Manos , El Periodico

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Oper Stuttgart - Mussorgski / Newski - Boris - Boris

Adam Palka gelang mit einem packend emotionalen Bass ein tolles Debüt als Boris.
 

- Jürgen Kanold , Heidenheim Zeitung

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überragenden Boris von Adam Palka.
 

- Mirko Weber , Stuttgarter Zeitung

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Adam Palka leiht dem von Skrupeln geplagten Boris seinen tragfähigen Bass und lässt ihn fast wie einen tragischen Held erscheinen, der sich selbst demontiert.
 

- Werner Müller-Grimmel , Schwäbische Zeitung

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Paris National Opera - Borodin - Prince Igor -Skoula

magnifique Adam Palka en Skoula.
 

- Jacqueline Thuilleux , Concert Classic

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La basse Adam Palka propose une voix large au phrasé percutant tandis 
 

- Damien Dutilleul , Olyrix

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mais les deux soudards d'Adam Palka et Andrei Popov sont parfaitement appariés, apportant à l'épopée sa touche bouffonne.
 

- Emmanuel Dupuy , Diapason

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Rossini - Barbiere di Siviglia - Don Basilio

Adam Palka bellows formidably as Don Basilio
 

Financial Times

Visual surprises abounded, including smoke billowing from the cassock of Basilio during his Calumny aria – a louche, funny delivery from promising young bass Adam Palka.
 

- Amanda Holloway , Thestage.com

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The sonorous tones of Adam Palka as a very youthful and rather Mephistophelean Don Basilio are striking and he relishes all the dynamic and orchestra-mimicking opportunities of ‘La calumnia’.
 

- Alexander Campbell , Classical Source

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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.
 

- José Pons , Olyrix

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Stuttgart Opera - Les contes d'Hoffmann - Lindorf / Coppélius / Dapertutto / Miracle

Adam Palka, der mit wunderbar sonorem, trefflich sitzendem und ausdrucksstarkem Bass die vier Gegenspieler Hoffmanns Lindorf, Coppélius, Dr. Mirakel und Dapertutto sang, die er auch ansprechend spielte. 
 

- Ludwig Steinbach , Der Opernfreund

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Grand Théâtre de Genève - Faust - Méphistophélès, February 2018

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.
 

- David Karlin , Bachtrack

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Oper Stuttgart - Mussorgski / Newski - Boris - Boris

Adam Palka gelang mit einem packend emotionalen Bass ein tolles Debüt als Boris.
 

- Jürgen Kanold , Heidenheim Zeitung

Read this article

überragenden Boris von Adam Palka.
 

- Mirko Weber , Stuttgarter Zeitung

Read this article

Adam Palka leiht dem von Skrupeln geplagten Boris seinen tragfähigen Bass und lässt ihn fast wie einen tragischen Held erscheinen, der sich selbst demontiert.
 

- Werner Müller-Grimmel , Schwäbische Zeitung

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Paris National Opera - Borodin - Prince Igor -Skoula

magnifique Adam Palka en Skoula.
 

- Jacqueline Thuilleux , Concert Classic

Read this article

La basse Adam Palka propose une voix large au phrasé percutant tandis 
 

- Damien Dutilleul , Olyrix

Read this article

mais les deux soudards d'Adam Palka et Andrei Popov sont parfaitement appariés, apportant à l'épopée sa touche bouffonne.
 

- Emmanuel Dupuy , Diapason

Read this article

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View more of Adams press articles

Rossini - Barbiere di Siviglia - Don Basilio

Adam Palka bellows formidably as Don Basilio
 

Financial Times

Visual surprises abounded, including smoke billowing from the cassock of Basilio during his Calumny aria – a louche, funny delivery from promising young bass Adam Palka.
 

- Amanda Holloway , Thestage.com

Read this article

The sonorous tones of Adam Palka as a very youthful and rather Mephistophelean Don Basilio are striking and he relishes all the dynamic and orchestra-mimicking opportunities of ‘La calumnia’.
 

- Alexander Campbell , Classical Source

Read this article

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.
 

- José Pons , Olyrix

Read this article

Stuttgart Opera - Les contes d'Hoffmann - Lindorf / Coppélius / Dapertutto / Miracle

Adam Palka, der mit wunderbar sonorem, trefflich sitzendem und ausdrucksstarkem Bass die vier Gegenspieler Hoffmanns Lindorf, Coppélius, Dr. Mirakel und Dapertutto sang, die er auch ansprechend spielte. 
 

- Ludwig Steinbach , Der Opernfreund

Read this article

Grand Théâtre de Genève - Faust - Méphistophélès, February 2018

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.
 

- David Karlin , Bachtrack

Read this article