Max Emanuel Cencic

Countertenor (1976 Zagreb - )

Max Emanuel Cencic is today one of the most followed countertenor in the lyrical field. He has been taking part in many scenic revivals of forgotten baroque pieces as a singer and lately even as a producer.

Max Emanuel Cencic cut his teeth with the Vienna Boy’s Choir of which he became one of the most famous members. In 1992 he started his soloist career as a soprano but became a countertenor in 2001 after having changed his tessitura.

Headlining in the most prestigious opera productions, he performed for example at the Staatsoper in Vienna, at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, at the Monnaie in Brussels but also gave recitals at the Carnegie Hall in New York, at the London Barbican Centre, at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, at the Opera Garnier in Paris or at the Opera Nomori in Tokyo. He often visits numerous festivals and works with the most renowned orchestra conductors such as William Christie, René Jacobs, Ottavio Dantone, Diego Fasolis, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, George Petrou, Emmanuelle Haïm, Fabio Bondi et Riccardo Muti.

Designated as the Best Singer of the Year by the German magazine Opernwelt, Max Emanuel Cencic is especially admired for several of his roles in the baroque repertoire, particularly when he played Perseo for the revival of the Vivaldi’s cantata Andromeda Liberata. His other memorable performances were in the long-lost Handel opera Faramondo in which he had the leading role or as Herald for the worldwide premiere of Medea composed by Aribert Reimann at the Vienna State Opera in 2010.

In 2013 he became a producer as well as being a singer for the Leonardo da Vinci’s opera Artaserse in which he played the role of Mandane. Moreover, Max Emanuel Cencic has recorded a great number of albums for which he was unanimously acclaimed.

Six landmark dates in the life of Max Emanuel Cencic

1987: Joined the Vienna Boy’s Choir

1992: Started his soloist career as a soprano. Changed his tessitura in 2001 and starred afterwards as a countertenor.

2005: The Japanese specialized press granted him the prize of Best Concert of the Year for the revival of Vivaldi’s cantata "Andromeda Liberata".

2007: Releaseed on Virgin Classics label his first record dedicated to Rossini’s opera arias (4 clefs Télérama, Orphée of the best singer from the Académie du Disque Lyrique).

2009: Exhumed Haendel Faramondo with the orchestra conductor Diego Fasolis

2010: Played the role of Herald for the worldwide premiere of Medea composed by Aribert Reimann (Vienna State Opera)

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