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Performer: Adam Palka

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BarcelonaDon Giovanni

Mozart: Don Giovanni
Josep Pons; Christof Loy; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Johannes Leiacker; Ursula Renzenbrink; Christopher Maltman; Luca Pisaroni

ViennaFaustNew production

Gounod: Faust
Bertrand de Billy; Frank Castorf; Vienna State Opera; Aleksandar Denić; Adriana Braga Peretzki; Nicole Car; Juan Diego Flórez
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A long road to nowhere for Igor at the Bastille

Ildar Abdrazakov (Igor) © Agathe Poupeney | Opéra de Paris
Barrie Kosky's makes a limited impact in his debut at Opéra de Paris, apart from an hallucinogenic Polovtsian Dances.
***11
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Laughter returns to Seville: a sparkling Barbiere revival

Hera Hyesang Park (Rosina) and Andrey Zhilikhovsky (Figaro) © Robert Workman
Cast changes and a revival director who sharpens up the action make all the difference to this revival of Rossini's *Barber of Seville* in Glyndebourne's opening weekend. 
****1
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Outstanding direction of a fine cast: Faust in Geneva

John Osborn, Ruzan Mantashyan, Marina Viotti, Adam Palka © GTG | Magali Dougados
Plasson shows all his experience; Lavaudant surprises and delights with his direction; a strong cast sing their hearts out. Who can ask for more?
*****
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Devil in the detail: Gounod's Faust in Stuttgart

Atalla Ayan (Faust) and Adam Palka (Méphistophélès) © Thomas Aurin
A thrilling new staging of Gounod's opera from the team that brought Bayreuth its current Ring, with musical rewards to match.
*****
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Wahre russische Märchen: Boris an der Oper Stuttgart

Adam Palka (Boris Godunow) © Matthias Baus
Sergej Newskis Neukomposition wird mit Mussorgskys Oper in einer effektvollen Produktion verwoben.
***11
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