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Max Emanuel Cenčić

Max Emanuel Cencic has devoted his efforts to reviving and performing the music of the 18th century. For more than 20 years, he has been making appearances at some of the most prestigious opera houses, from the Vienna Staatsoper, the Theater an der Wien, and the Zurich Opera, to the Opéra Royal in Versailles, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and La Monnaie in Brussels. He has performed in concert at the Laeiszhalle (Hamburg), Carnegie Hall (New York), the Barbican Centre (London), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. He has also sung at numerous festivals around the world. He works regularly with conductors like William Christie, René Jacobs, Ottavio Dantone, Diego Fasolis, George Petrou, Emmanuelle Haïm and Riccardo Muti. He began his vocal training with the Vienna Boys’ Choir and then embarked on a career as a soloist, first as a soprano in1992, then as a countertenor in 2001. As the artistic director of Parnassus Arts Productions, Max Emanuel Cencic is responsible for the conception, supervision and rendition of the major works from Italian baroque theatre, including the revival of Leonardo Vinci’s last opera Artaserse, and more recently, Handel’s Arminio. His recording of Handel’s Alessandro earned two ECHO Klassik awards in 2013 and 2014, the German Music Critics’ Prize and a Diapason d’or. His extensive discography, which includes several world-premiere recordings, has received numerous awards. He has cut several albums as a soloist: Venezia (the great works of Venetian opera), Rokoko (a compilation of arias by Johann Adolph Hasse), and Arie Napoletane (masterpieces of the Neapolitan school). He recently appeared in a new production of L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Berlin Staatsoper and made his Hamburg Staatsoper debut as Oreste in La Belle Hélène. He also sang the role of Malcolm in La Donna del lago at the Lausanne Opera (a production which he also directed). He again assumed the double role of lead singer and director for productions of Handel’s Arminio and Serse, Hasse’s Siroe and Porpora’s Polifemo. During the 2019-2020 season, he sang the roles of Polinesso (Ariodante) at the Vienna Staatsoper, Niceforo (Hasse’s Irene) and Malcolm at the Theater an der Wien and Carl Orff’s Carmina burana at the Philharmonie de Paris. 

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