Max Emanuel Cenčić is dedicated to the revival and performance of the music of the 18th century. His education as a singer began as a member of the Wiener Saengerknaben (Vienna Boys’ Choir), with a solo career as a soprano from 1992, and as a counter-tenor from 2001. For over two decades he has been performing in first rank opera houses. Concert engagements have taken him to the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Carnegie Hall (New York), the Barbican Center (London), Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Wiener Musikverein and Wiener Konzerthaus, and the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. He regularly works with such conductors as William Christie, René Jacobs, Ottavio Dantone, Diego Fasolis, George Petrou, Emmanuelle Haïm and Riccardo Muti. As Artistic Director of Parnassus Arts Productions he is responsible for the conception, supervision and performance of important works of the Italian Baroque, among them Leonardo Vinci’s Artaserse or Catone in Utica and Handel’s Arminio. Max Emanuel Cenčić has become in the meantime also an acknowledged international director. He undertook the double role of lead singer and director of Händel’s operas Armino and Serse, Hasse’s Siroe, Porpora’s Polifemo. New productions in the upcoming years are Rossini‘s Tancredi, Mozart‘s Die Zauberflöte and Vinci‘s Alessandro nell‘Indie. Since september 2020, Max Emanuel Cencić has been Artistic Director of the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival where he directed the new production of Carlo il Calvo and sang the role of Lottario. His wide-ranging discography includes several world premiere recordings and has received a number of awards, among them the Diapason d’Or, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Croatia’s Porin Priz, « Editor’s Choice” in Gramophone magazine. The CD Ottone with Max Emanuel Cenčić in title role has been nominated for a Grammy. His most recent, critically acclaimed CD, Arie Napoletane, is dedicated to masterpieces of the Neapolitan school. The 2020/2021 season includes the title role in Vinci's Gismondo re di Polonia, Carmina Burana in the Wiener Konzerthaus, Hasse's Cajo Fabrizio, Carlo il Calvo in concert at the Theater an der Wien and in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Rossini's La Donna del Lago at the Zagreb Opera and at the festival in Saarema, where hewill direct the opera and sing the challenging role of Malcolm.
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