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Polifemo by Nicola A. Porpora tours in May 2023

Parnassus Arts Productions and his artistic director Max Emanuel Cencic remain true to their reputation for rediscovering unknown Baroque operas, some of which have not been performed since the 18th century. In this spirit, Parnassus presents the upcoming revival tour of Nicola Antonio Porpora's opera Polifemo.

Two concert performances of this magnificent opera will be presented on Thursday 4 May 2023 at 19:00 in Hall E of the Museumsquartier Wien, which is the venue of the Musiktheater an der Wien under the new artistic directorship of Stefan Herheim, and on Saturday 6 May 2023 at 13:00 as part of the Zaterdaag series in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw. On 27 May 2023 at 19:30, the staged version of Polifemo directed by Max Emanuel Cencic, which was acclaimed by the press and audience in Salzburg, will finally be shown again at the International May Festival at the Hessisches Staatstheater. All information about the Polifemo performance in Wiesbaden and how to order tickets can be found at Staatstheater Wiesbaden.

Max Emanuel Cencic, artistic director of Bayreuth Baroque, singer, director, producer and agent, will stage the production Polifemo in Wiesbaden and will take on the role of Ulisse.

In Wiesbaden there will be an exclusive CD sale of the new Polifemo CD after the performance. In Vienna and Amsterdam the Polifemo CD's can be pre-ordered. You can also order the new recording on the Parnassus webshop. The pre-sale of the Polifemo CD starts on 20 May 2023, the Polifemo CD will be released in September 2023.

Here is an overview of the Polifemo cast:

Musical Director: George Petrou (Vienna, Amsterdam) / Markellos Chryssicos (Wiesbaden).
Director: Max Emanuel Cencic
Set design: Ann-Margit Berger
Costumes: Giorgina Germanou
Light designer: Stella Kaltsou
Video: Sarah Scherer
Assistant director: Constantina Psoma

Ulisse: Max Emanuel Cencic
Aci: Franco Fagioli (Vienna, Amsterdam) / Yuriy Mynenko (Wiesbaden)
Galathea: Julia Lezhneva
Polifemo: Sreten Manojlovic
Calipso: Sonja Runje
Nerea: Rinnat Moriah

Orchestra: Armonia Atenea

CD Carlo il Calvo released

Parnassus Arts Productions is happy to announce the release of the brand-new Carlo il Calvo CD.

The details:

CARLO IL CALVO, Opera by Nicola Antonio Porpora
World premiere recording with Max Emanuel Cencic (Lottario), Franco Fagioli (Adalgiso), Julia Lezhneva (Gildippe), Suzanne Jerosme (Giuditta), Bruno De Sà (Berardo), Petr Nekoranec (Asprando) and Nian Wang (Eduige).

Parnassus Arts Productions (label), Armonia Atenea (orchestra), George Petrou (conductor).

A co-production with BR - Bayerischer Rundfunk.
The premiere of the new staged production Carlo il Calvo took place on 3rd September 2020 at the Margravial Opera House as part of the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival.
Special thanks to The Linbury Trust for their support of Armonia Atenea.

You can order the CD here:




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Announcing Bayreuth Baroque 2023

For the first time with two staged opera productions and exclusive concerts

The BAYREUTH BAROQUE opera festival presents its fourth edition and will offer two staged opera productions for the first time in autumn 2023. For the opening of the festival, Max Emanuel Cencic (artistic director) will present us his take on Handel’s Flavio, Re de’ Longobardi. A political satire with which the composer took the stereotypes of the heroic opera in his stride, surprising not only the London audience of the time.
Max Emanuel Cencic will stage the production of Flavio and sing the role of Guido alongside with Julia Lezhneva (Emilia), Yuriy Mynenko (Vitige), Remy Bres-Feuillet (Flavio), Sreten Manojlovic (Gismondo) and Fabio Trümpy (Ugone). Benjamin Bayl will conduct Concerto Köln, who are the residence orchestra of the festival 2023.

The second production takes us back to the birth of opera with Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, which is translated into the 21st century with transcriptions, live electronics and partly newly composed music. Rolando Villazón embodies the title role of this exciting new version of L’Orfeo. In its Germany premiere, Markellos Chryssicos will conduct his orchestra Latinatas Nostra.

Continue reading the PDF with the full program.

Box offices will open at from 27 January 2023, 9am on.

We’r very much looking forward to welcome you at Bayreuth Baroque 2023 !

Ottone canceled

Max Emanuel Cencic has ruptured a muscle in his leg and, much to his regret, has to cancel the production of OTTONE scheduled at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. Healing will take eight weeks and therefore make his participating in the rehearsals and preparations impossible.
Max Emanuel Cencic hopes to be able to return onto stage soon and thanks his Karlsruhe audience for their understanding.
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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.

Bayreuth Baroque 2022

The Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival is pleased to announce the dates for next year's Bayreuth Baroque Festival, which will take place from 8 to 25 September 2022.

The 2022 edition will include a new production of Leonardo Vinci's Alessandro nell'Indie, directed by Max Emanuel Cencic. With the premiere on 8 September 2022 at the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth, Vinci's opera will be performed in its entirety for the first time in almost 300 years. The cast will be all-male, with countertenors Franco Fagioli and Bruno de Sá. The creation took place in Rome in 1730, with male singers, as women were forbidden to perform in the papal city.

Stay tuned!

BAYREUTH BAROQUE announces further program highlights
The festival will take place from September 1 to 12, 2021

 In 2021, the International Festival of the Opera Seria BAYREUTH BAROQUE will take place from 01st to the 12thSeptember for the second time. In addition to the revival of Nicola Porpora‘s “Carlo il Calvo”, another opera by the same composer will bring the jewel that is the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth to life again. The artistic director of the festival, stage director and countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic will also, as much can be revealed, play a leading role in this opera. George Petrou will take over the musical direction with the orchestra Armonia Atenea.
The Bayreuth Baroque Festival is particularly pleased to present three concerts with  internationally celebrated stars.The virtuosic countertenor Franco Fagioli will give a concert of arias by Leonardo Vinci, the antipode of Porpora.George Petrou will conduct the evening with his orchestra Armonia Atenea. Under the title “Anima Aeterna”, countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński and the ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro under the direction of Francesco Corti go on a search for baroque gems. The soprano Simone Kermes sings "Canzonetta d’amore" accompanied by the Amici Veneziani.
Due to current events, the complete program of the festival will be announced at the end of June. Subsequently,advance ticket sales will start.
The Bayreuth Baroque Festival took place for the first time in 2020 with great success. Due to the hygiene measures in force in Bavaria, only 200 spectators were allowed in the theater to see the performances. In the online edition of the festival and in the media library of Bayerischer Rundfunk, there were over 500,000 views and Mezzo TV broadcastthe festival to 70 million households worldwide. In March 2021,  the artistic director of the festival, Max Emanuel Cencic, was awarded the German Schallplattenkritik Prize for his artistic work.
You can find more information about the festival at:

Max Emanuel Cencic receives the Honorary Award of the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik 2021 for Classical Music

The Countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic has been awarded the Honorary Award of the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik 2021 for Classical Music. In 2020, in the midst of the corona crisis, Max Emanuel Cencic and his Bayreuth Baroque Team managed to bring his festival of baroque music in Bayreuth to the stage with an extensive program as planned and without having to cancel a single event. For this, the countertenor who?s now also the festival director was awarded the honorary prize in the "Classical" category by Deutsche Schallplattenkritik on March 11, 2021.
Following is the jury's reasoning under the direction of Manuel Brug:
Usually, one artist receives this honorary award for his »life's work«. In the case of Max Cencic, we are gifted with a multi talented personality.
As a six-year-old, he was already a radiant boy soprano and was singing the powerful aria of the Queen of the Night. After being with the Vienna Boys' Choir, he appeared in George Solti's Magic Flute. Max then changed from soprano to countertenor. As such, he impresses with an extroverted personality in the most difficult roles. He also appears on many CDs that he produced himself from the start. He is director, record producer, agency owner, impresario and recently became artistic director of the Bayreuth Baroque festival. The festival takes place in the glamorously restored Margravial Opera House and is filled with da-capo arias. Here again, Max Emanuel Cencic surprises with excellence and innovation. One prize for all Cencics is more than justified!

Manuel Brug's ceremony for Max Emanuel Cencic can be seen here.
For the remainder of the 2020/21 season, there are still some outstanding projects to come for the countertenor. These include a house debut at the Paris Opera in a new production of Dalbavie's Le Soulier de Satin, the title role in a new production of Hasse's Cajo Fabrizio and Rossini's La Donna del Lago at the Festival in Saaremaa where the artist will sing the challenging role of Malcolm and stage the opera once more. In the summer of 2021, Max Emanuel Cencic will devote himself entirely to the artistic preparations for his Bayreuth Baroque festival that will take place from the 1st to the 14th September 2021. He will stage two opera productions in which he will also perform key roles.
Dear Max Emanuel,
congratulations from your Parnassus team!

Bayreuth Baroque Festival , 1st to 14th September 2021

In 2020, against all the adversities of the corona crisis, the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival was one of the few festivals in Europe that was able to carry out its program as announced. This year, from September 1st to 14th 2021, the festival will present once more some Baroque jewels in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Margravial Opera House.
The first highlight of this year's edition is the revival of Nicola Porpora's opera Carlo il Calvo on September 1st, 3rd and 5th. With Julia Lezhneva, Franco Fagioli, Max Emanuel Cencic, Bruno de Sá and George Petrou, the world-class line-up of the previous year is able to return in this production. The opera was rediscovered and staged by Max Emanuel Cencic. The production was acclaimed across Europe and was recently voted "Best New Production of 2020" by the readers of the online French magazine ForumOpéra.
The first edition of the Bayreuth Baroque Festival took place during the first year of the Corona crisis. Only 200 spectators were able to be present during the performances in the theater, however, the online edition of the festival on the Bayerischer Rundfunk and Mezzo TV reached countless viewers worldwide.
In March 2021, Max Emanuel Cencic, who is the artistic director of the festival was awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik for Classical Music Honorary Prize for his artistic work. The presentation of this award will take place during the festival in 2021.
The Bayreuth Baroque Festival 2021 program will be announced by May and the advance sales will follow.

ForumOpera: Carlo il Calvo 'Best New Production of the Year'

Max Emanuel Cencic is extremely pleased to announce that the new production of the opera CARLO IL CALVO (by Nicola Antonio Porpora) staged by himself and performed at the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival 2020 has been voted the best new production of the year at the Forumopera Trophies 2020. Carlo il Calvo received 39.7% of the votes making it the ‘Nouvelle production de l'année‘.

The cast of the premiere of Carlo il Calvo:

Adalgiso: Franco Fagioli
Lottario: Max Emanuel Cencic
Gildippe: Julia Lezhneva
Giuditta: Suzanne Jerosme
Eduige: Nian Wang
Berardo: Bruno de Sá
Asprando: Petr Nekoranec

Musical direction: George Petrou
Orchestra: Armonia Atenea

Director: Max Emanuel Cencic
Stage design: Giorgina Germanou
Costumes: Maria Zorba
Lighting designer: David Debrinay
Dramaturgy: Boris Kehrmann
Assistant director: Constantina Psoma
Choreography: Dimitra Antonaki
Musical Assistant: Markellos Chryssicos

Orchestra: Sergiu Nastasa (Konzertmeister), Georgios Panagiotopoulos, Angeliki Kasda, Zoe Pouri, Ioannis Agraniotis, Filippos-Theodoros Matasaru, Carmen Otilia Alitsei, Athanasios Martzoukos, Angeliki Fanarioti, Luise Charlotte Ramos-Stahl, Laurentiu Octavian Matasaru, Eleftheria Togia, Iason Ioannou, Christopher Jarrett Humphrys, Dimitrios Tigkas , Dimitrios Vamvas, Styliani Nikolaidi, Sofia Siora, Spyridon Arkoudis, Daniele Bolzonella, Gabriele Rocchetti, Theodoros Kitsos, Markellos Chryssicos, Alexandros Ioannou                                     

Actors: Antonis Strouzas, Marianna Roussou, Eleni Tzortzi, Alvertos Kalogeropoulos, Nikolaos Pirokakos, Athina Chiliopoulou, Natalia Bozika, Antonio Karastergiou, Angelika-Zoe Karagkouni, Manuel Mora, Karolos Kalogeropoulos, Vassilis Voutekakis, Maksym Godorozha, Manos Papadas, Lena Cherouveim, Chryssa Pozidou, Domenica Regkou, Ioanna Zerva

Backstage: Marisa Soulioti, Clementine Pradier, Jeremie Lesage (Production Manager), Adrien Mastrosimone (Production Manager assistent), Christina Polychroniadou, Maria Kakaroglou, Tina Skodra, Dina Strani, Elisabeth Petrou, Sotiria Malatesta, Alex Koniaris, Thomas Marias

Max Emanuel Cencic thanks everyone who voted for Carlo il Calvo at Forum Opera and all the great colleagues on and behind the stage, without whom such a great production would never have come about.

Carlo il Calvo will come back to the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival on September 1st, 3rd and 5th, 2021.

Happy New Year!

Carlo il Calvo, broadcast on Mezzo TV

Critically acclaimed and celebrated by the audience, the new production of Carlo il Calvo, the opera by Nicola A. Porpora directed by Max Emanuel Cencic, which has been shown at the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival in this year, is being broadcast on Mezzo TV on the following dates:
12 December, 5 p.m.,
13 December, 9.30 a.m.,
18 December, 9 p.m.,
20 December, 2 a.m.

Further dates can be seen here.

The excellent cast of Carlo il Calvo includes:
Direction: Max Emanuel Cencic
Stage: Giorgina Germanou
Costumes: Maria Zorba
Lighting: David Debrinay
Dramaturgy: Dr. Boris Kehrmann
Assistant to the director: Constantina Psoma
Conductor: George Petrou
Orchestra: Armonia Atenea

Adalgiso: Franco Fagioli
Lottario: Max Emanuel Cencic
Gildippe: Julia Lezhneva
Giuditta: Suzanne Jerosme
Eduige: Nian Wang
Berardo: Bruno de Sá
Asprando: Petr Nekoranec
Carlo il Calvo is a production of the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival in cooperation with Parnassus Arts Productions. The staged performance will be shown again and recorded at the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival in 2021 with the same cast.
The cast of Carlo il Calvo Cast is looking forward to sharing this experience with you.