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40 years on stage (broadcast of concert program Senesino)

On September 10th, 2022, on the occasion of a Gala concert celebrating his 40th stage anniversary at the Markgräfliches Opernhaus in Bayreuth and accompanied by George Petrou and his Armonia Atenea, Max Emanuel Cencic presented his new program Senesino consisting of arias composed by George Frideric Handel for star castrato Senesino.

See here a recording by ARTE.

Danke! Thank you!

Schön, daß Sie bei Bayreuth Baroque 2022 mitdabei waren.
Wir sehen uns von 7.-17. September 2023 bei Bayreuth Baroque 2023.

Thank you for being with us at Bayreuth Baroque 2022.
We'll see again at Bayreuth Baroque 2023, from 7 to 17 September 2023.

BAYREUTH BAROQUE 2022 from September 7 to 18

From September 7th -18th, the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival 2022 will take you on a journey into the dazzling world of the Baroque with 16 events at five venues in Bayreuth. The third edition is dedicated to the Roman opera.

The brilliant start is made by the new production of Leonardo Vinci's Alessandro nell’Indie by the artistic director of the opera festival Max Emanuel Cencic - with an all-male cast. In addition, two concertante operas, an oratorio and 13 concerts present the virtuoso Roman baroque repertoire with stars of the international baroque scene like Franco Fagioli, Bruno des Sá, George Petrou, Jeanine De Bique, Julia Lezhneva and many more. The resident orchestra of this year's edition is {oh!} Orkiestra under the musical direction of Martyna Pastuszka.

For the first time in almost 300 years, Vinci's opera Alessandro nell’Indie about Alexander the Great's campaign in India will be heard in its entirety on the first night of the opera festival at Bayreuth's Margravial Opera House. True to the premiere, there is an all-male cast with Franco Fagioli (Poro), Bruno de Sá (Cleofide), Jake Arditti (Erissena), Dennis Orellana (Alessandro), Stefan Sbonnik (Gandarte) and Nicholas Tamagna (Timagene); music is performed by the {oh!} Orkiestra and the choir of the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival under the musical direction of Martyna Pastuszka. Pietro Metastasio's libretto was set to music almost 80 times, and Wilhelmine von Bayreuth also published an opera based on this popular libretto in Erlangen in 1741.

Bayreuth Baroque will present three more theatrical-concert performances in 2022:

The Festa pastorale Il Nascimento dell'aurora (Sept. 15) by the great Venetian melodist Tomaso Albinoni was written to honor Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel on the occasion of her birthday. The plot of the work, which probably premiered in 1711, mixes allegorical, sweet-natured nothingness with allusions to the War of the Spanish Succession.

Giovanni Bononcini's Griselda will be performed in its entirety for the first time since 1733, with recitative texts by Apostolo Zenos newly composed especially by the composer and baroque specialist Dragan Karolić. The dramma per musica tells the story of Gualtiero, King of Sicily, who loves the shepherdess Griselda, which naturally must lead to conflict due to the order of the estates (Sept. 18).

Since opera, as a secular genre, was at the mercy of papal censorship in 17th-century Rome, oratorios of sacred content became the preferred and most successful works in the Papal States. Like Alessandro nell'Indie, the oratorio San Giovanni Battista by the scandal-ridden composer Alessandro Stradella will be performed in a candlelight concert with an all-male cast, modeled on the premiere (Sept. 14).

Other highlights of this year's edition include gala concerts with Bruno de Sá and Il Pomo d'Oro (Sept. 16), Max Emanuel Cencic celebrates 40 years on stage in Bayreuth with Armonia Atenea, last year's resident orchestra (Sept. 10), Jeanine De Bique comes with Concerto Köln (Sept. 8) and Julia Lezhneva will perform with this year's resident orchestra {oh!} Orkiestra (Sept.17). 

The program is rounded off by many other concerts at historic locations in Bayreuth, including the dinner concert in the Sun Temple of the Orangery in the Hermitage, which was so popular last year. New this year are candlelight concerts in the city and castle churches and, for the first time, three concerts in the Ordenskirche St. Georgen.

Detailed information on all Bayreuth Baroque 2022 events and tickets can be found at:

Happy New Year!

Gutes Neues Jahr! - Happy New Year!  - Bonne année!

Merry Christmas!

Frohe Weihnachten - Merry Christmas - Joyeux Noël

Max Emanuel Cencic sings the title role of Orfeo at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden

Parnassus Arts Productions exclusive artist, Max Emanuel Cencic, will sing the title role in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in November 2021. The Berlin performance dates for Max are on 6th, 12th, 19th and 21st November 2021.

The versatile countertenor, director, manager, producer and artistic director of Bayreuth Baroque already sang the role of Orfeo back in 2016 at the Berlin Schillertheater and in 2017 at the HNK Zagreb opera as part of his 35th anniversary as a performer. Max Emanuel Cencic will also be singing the role of Odysseus in Porpora's Polifemo (among others in Moscow, Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Theater an der Wien and on CD), the title role in the oratorio Giovanni Battista by Alessandro Stradella (Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova), title roles in the operas Cajo Fabricio, Orlando Furioso and Il Venceslao, among others. Future productions by Max Emanuel Cencic as a director include the new productions of Vinci’s Alessandro nell’Indie, Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and Handel’s Flavio.