Max Emanuel Cencic
Max Emanuel Cencic is one of the most fascinating and versatile singing artists in the world today, and one dedicated to the revival and performance of the music of the 18th century.
His 2016/17 season will see many exciting projects, including Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, his débuts at the Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele and at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, as well as a revival of Gluck’s Ezio at the Frankfurt Opera. Another high point will be a staged version of Arminio at the Handel Festspiele 2017 in Karlsruhe, which he will also direct. He will again fulfil this dual role in Hasse’s Siroe at the Mai-Festspiele 2017 at the Hessisches Staatstheater, Wiesbaden.
With his remarkable mezzo-soprano voice, Max Emanuel Cencic demonstrates that Baroque singing can be both technically brilliant and at the same time modern and emotionally engaging. For over two decades he has been performing in opera houses of the first rank, including the Wiener Staatsoper, the Theater an der Wien, the Opernhaus Zürich, the Opéra Royal de Versailles, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, Barcelona’s Gran Teatro del Liceu, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris and Brussels’ La Monnaie. Concert engagements have taken him to the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Carnegie Hall (New York), the Barbican Center (London), Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Wiener Musikverein and the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. In addition he has sung at numerous festivals worldwide. He regularly works with such conductors as William Christie, René Jacobs, Ottavio Dantone, Diego Fasolis, George Petrou, Emmanuelle Haïm and Riccardo Muti. 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.
Max Emanuel Cencic entrances his audiences with his numerous projects, opera productions, CD recordings, and extensive tours. TV-stations such as Mezzo TV and Arte Concert have also documented several of his outstanding performances, including his revelatory presentation of Handel’s Alessandro (2012). 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 the sensational re-discovery of Leonardo Vinci’s last opera, Artaserse. As in its premiere in 1730 in Rome, this new production, performed with an all-male cast (including five counter-tenors), was widely praised, both in its live performances and on disc: it received ECHO Klassik awards in 2013 and 2014, the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik and the Diapason d‘or, and was nominated for a Grammy. His inspired revival of Vinci’s opera Catone in Utica, with four counter-tenors in the cast, was equally successful, both on stage and as a CD recording.
His solo-recordings are every bit as riveting: with Venezia he charmed audiences and critics alike with highlights from Venetian opera, while the CD Rokoko contained a fascinating compilation of arias from the extended and virtually unknown opus of Johann Adolph Hasse. Max Emanuel Cencic’s most recent, critically acclaimed CD, Arie Napoletane, is dedicated to masterpieces of the Neapolitan school. 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, and Croatia’s Porin Prize. His discs have been “Editor’s Choice” in Gramophone magazine on several occasions. The French Ministry of Culture made him a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Max Emanuel Cencic is also well on his way to international fame as director, as with the live production of Hasse’s Siroe, which toured all over Europe and was released on CD by Decca. At the Handel festival in Karlsruhe in 2016, he again undertook the double role of lead singer and director of Handel’s rarely performed opera, Arminio. In the coming seasons he will extend his directorial portfolio with new productions of Rossini’s La Donna del Lago, Handel’s Il Pastor Fido and Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Also on the horizon is the release by Warner Classics of arias recorded by Max Emanuel Cencic as a boy soprano.
Ritorna o dolce amore
1_28: Aria Arminio - Si cadro ma sorgera
"Che sia la gelosia und gielo in mezzo al foco"
Catone in Utica
1.22: aria Benche mi sprezzi
2: Mormorando Quelle Fronde
2.17: Va' Tra Le Selve Ircane
08: Bononcini - Chi d'amor tra le catene
Duetti - P. Jaroussky + M. E. Cencic
03: Arianna in Creta - Salda quercia, inerta balza
Mezzosoprano - Opera Arias
1.5: Fra le stragi e fra le morti
3.15: Virtu che rende si forte
1.5: Ricordati che sei
3.22: Gelido in ogni vena
Philippe Jaroussky - M. E. Cencic: Duetti
Making of "Duetti" by Philippe Jaroussky - Max Emanuel Cencic
Georg Friedrich Händel