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Max Emanuel Cencic's musical journey in January will take him to...

Max Emanuel Cencic's musical journey in January 2020 will take him to Verona (Jan. 9th), Brussels (Jan. 15th), Essen (Jan. 19th), Wroclaw (Jan. 24th), Madrid (Jan. 26th) and Vienna (Jan. 29th).

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Great success and standing ovations for Orlano Furioso

On December 8th, 2019, Vivaldi's Orlando Furioso was performed in concert version at Moscow's Philharmony at the Tchaikovsky Hall. The production gathered on stage grand artists like Max Emanuel Cencic, Julia Lezhneva, Ruxandra Donose and George Petrou. It had been sold out weeks in advance, and was awarded with standing ovations by the audience.

The cast consisted of:

Orlando: Max Emanuel Cencic
Alcina: Ruxandra Donose
Bradamante:  Sonja Runje
Ruggerio: Nicholas Tamagna
Angelica: Julia Lezhneva
Medoro: Philipp Mathmann
Astolfo: Jose Coco-Loza

Conductor: George Petrou
Orchestra: Armonia Atenea

Max Emanuel Cencic at the Vienna State Opera

After nine years Max Emanuel Cencic returns to the Vienna State Opera in November 2019! He will perform the villain Polinesso in Handel’s Ariodante, conducted by Christophe Rousset and directed by David McVicar. Ariodante performances are on November 8, 11, 13 and 15, 2019.

Max continues with the title role of the concert performance Gismondo (Vinci) in Warsaw on November 20 and Orlando Furioso (Vivaldi) in Moscow on December 8.  In Handel’s Orlando, Max will sing the title role in Verona on 9 January, in Essen on 19 January, in Madrid on 26 January and in Trondheim on 4 February 2020. Max Emanuel Cencic presents the rarely played opera Irene (Hasse), performing the role of Nicefero with the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra in Helsinki on 31 December 2019 and in Theater an der Wien, Vienna on 29 January 2020. Other various concerts with Max are on 12 December 2019 in Moscow, 15 January 2020 in Brussels and on 24 January 2020 in Wroclaw.

Meanwhile, Max Emanuel Cencic is an internationally renowned director too. He not only directs the productions, but sings most supporting roles as well. In February 2020, the revival of his production Serse (Handel) is performed again at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe where Max sings the role of Arsamene. Max’s production of La Donna del Lago (Rossini) with Max as Malcolm can be seen in May 2020 in Zagreb. Two new exciting productions are planned from mid-2020 onwards: Radamisto (Handel) with Max in the title role and Carlo il Calvo (Porpora) as evil uncle Lottario.

Toi toi toi, dear Max !

An exciting season lies ahead of Austrian-Croatian countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic

Max started the new season with a studio recording of Gismondo re di Polonia, in which he sang the title role. The CD by the same name with Max in the role of Gismondo will be released in November 2019. Concert performances of Gismondo re di Polonia are scheduled in Warsaw (November 2019) and Dortmund (May 2020).
Max will start the concert season 2019/20 with Handel's Arminio at the Enescu Festival in Bucarest on September 14st, 2019. He will, again, sing the title role.

After an absence lasting for 9 years, Max will return to the Wiener Staatsoper to sing the role of Polinesso in Handel's Ariodante conducted by Christophe Rousset and staged by David Mc Vicar. Four Performances are scheduled in November 2019.

More Handel repertoire to come: in January 2020, Max will sing the title role in Orlando in a concert tour with Il Pomo d'Oro, with concerts scheduled in Verona, Essen and Madrid. Max's outstanding staged production of Serse will be presented again at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe in February 2020. In it, he is going to sing the role of Arsamene.
In October 2020, Max will debut at La Scala di Milano in a new production of Handels Semele, in which he will mime Athamas.

Max's fantastic staged production of La Donna del Lago will be presented again at the HNK Zagreb in May 2020, and at the opera festival Saaremaa in July 2020. He is going to sing the role of Malcolm in this production.
Vienna's Theater an der Wien will present Max in two productions in concert version: as Malcolm in La Donna del Lago in March 2020, and as Nicefero in a new production of Hasse's opera Irene in January 2020.
Irene, with Max as Nicefero, will also be performed in Helsinki on December 31st, 2019.

Besides Handel's Orlando, Max will also sing the title role in Vivaldi's Orlando Furioso in Moscow in December 2019 and Paris in April 2020. He will return to Paris' Philharmonie to sing Carmina Burana in June 2020.

Max Emanuel Cencic's concert schedule offers concerts in Moscow (December 2019), Brussels and Wroclaw (both in January 2020).

Huge success and standing ovations for Polifemo at Salzburger Festspiele

On June 8th, 2019, Max Emanuel Cencic's semi-staged production of Porpora's Polifemo was performed as part of Salzburger Festspiele at the Felsenreitschule in Salzburg. Grandious artists found together to ensure it's success, among them Julia Lezhneva, Yuriy Mynenko, George Petrou and Max Emanuel Cencic.
Thus, standing ovations ensued...

The cast of Polifemo in Salzburg reads as follows:

Aci: Yuriy Mynenko
Ulisse: Max Emanuel Cencic
Polifemo: Pavel Kudinov
Galatea: Julia Lezhneva
Nerea: Dilyara Idrisova
Calipso: Sonja Runje
conductor: George Petrou 
direction, concept: Max Emanuel Cencic
stage design: Margit Ann Berger
costumes: Giorgina Germanou
light: Paul Fresacher
video: Sarah Scherer
assistant to the director: Constantina Psoma
orchestra: Armonia Atenea
choir, choir master: Bachchor Salzburg, Alois Glaßner
Stage, costumes and masks were produced in the Salzburger Festspiele's own workshop.

Polifemo is a new production by Parnassus Arts Productions.
Performing rights: Parnassus Arts Productions Edition
Editor: Christos Christodoulou