Max Emanuel Cenčić

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Max Emanuel Cenčić

Max Emanuel Cenčić (born September 21, 1976 in Zagreb , Yugoslavia ) is an Austrian opera singer ( countertenor / mezzo-soprano ).


Max Emanuel Cencic grew up as the son of the Zagreb conductor Maksimilijan Cenčić and an opera singer in a musical family. His mother gave him vocal training at a very early age. At the age of six he sang the aria of the Queen of the Night from Mozart's Magic Flute on a television show . This was followed by engagements at the Zagreb Opera and several concert evenings in what was then Yugoslavia and in Spain.

From 1986 to 1992 Cencic was a member and soloist of the Vienna Boys' Choir . During this time he took part in a CD recording of The Magic Flute as one of the three boys, and the conductor Sir Georg Solti described him as the best boy soprano he had ever heard. Due to his training, after changing his voice he was able to keep the soprano range and pursue a soprano / mezzo-soprano career. At the age of 17 he had already performed around 800 gigs.

In 1992 the artist began his solo career in collaboration with the pianist Norman Shetler . In the following years he gave recitals in many parts of Europe as well as in Japan. So he joined example in 1994 with 17 years at the Schubertiade Hohenems together with mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager and sang in the same year, accompanied by the orchestra of the Academy of London , Bach cantatas . He has been a countertenor since 2001.

Max Emanuel Cencic sings at all the major opera houses in the world, such as the Theater an der Wien, the Zurich Opera House, the Opéra Royal in Versailles, the Bavarian State Opera, the Théatre des Champs-Elysées, the Unter den Linden State Opera and the Hamburg State Opera. He has recorded award-winning CDs with music from Domenico Scarlatti , Georg Friedrich Handel , Claudio Monteverdi and Antonio Vivaldi , among others . He appears regularly at renowned baroque music festivals and has been heard and seen in Schwetzingen , Rheinsberg and Drottningholm , for example . He also sang a role in Aribert Reimann's Medea at the Vienna State Opera .

As artistic director of the production company "Parnassus Arts Productions", he is responsible for the conception and management of stage and CD productions of important works of the Italian Baroque. Max Emanuel Cencic also works as a director more and more frequently. At the International Handel Festival at the Karlsruhe State Theater in 2016, he played the title role and as director of the opera Arminio by Georg Friedrich Handel .


He has received numerous prizes for his artistic work and was awarded the Chevalier dans l ' Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture . For his role as Nerone in the production of The Coronation of Poppea in the Basler Theater , he was named Young Singer of the Year 2003 by Opernwelt magazine and best opera singer by the Académie du Disque in April 2008 . In 2013 he received the ECHO Klassik for Opera Recording of the Year (Opera of the 17th / 18th Century). The opera Artaserse by Leonardo Vinci, produced by Parnassus Arts Productions, was awarded the ECHO Klassik 2013 and 2014 and was nominated for a Grammy. The CD production Ottone with Max Emanuel Cencic in the title role has been nominated for the 2018 Grammy.



  • Porpora: Opera Arias , Decca, 2018.
  • Porpora: Germanico in Germania , Decca, 2018.
  • Handel: Ottone , Decca, 2017.
  • Handel: Arminio , Decca, 2016.
  • Arie Napoletane , Decca, 2015.
  • Vinci: Catone in Utica , Decca, 2015.
  • The 5 Countertenors , Decca, 2015.
  • Hasse: Siroe , Decca, 2014.
  • Handel: Tamerlano , Naive Classique (Indigo), 2014.
  • Rococo , Decca, 2014.
  • Venezia , Virgin, 2013.
  • Vinci: Artaserse , Virgin, 2012.
  • Handel: Alessandro , Decca, 2012.
  • Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Caldara: Cantatas , Capriccio, 2012.
  • Gluck: Ezio , Virgin, 2011.
  • Duetti , Virgin, 2011.
  • Vivaldi: Farnace , Virgin, 2011.
  • Handel: Mezzo-Soprano Opera Arias , Virgin, 2010.
  • Handel: Faramondo , Virgin, 2009.
  • Handel: Rodrigo , Ambroisie (Indigo), 2008.
  • Rossini: Opera Arias & Ouvertures , Virgin, 2008.
  • Scarlatti: Cantate d'amore , Capriccio, 2008.
  • Handel: Fernando , Virgin, 2007.
  • Scarlatti: Scarlatti Cantatas , Capriccio, 2006.
  • Caldara: Caldara , Capriccio, 2005.
  • Handel: Handel Arias , 2005.
  • Vivaldi and others: Andromeda Liberata , Archiv Prod Import, 2004.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Max Emanuel Cencic - biography. Artist homepage. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Website Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. accessed on January 18, 2018
  3. - Prize Winner 2013 ( Memento of the original from June 17, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved October 6, 2013. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /