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New York Times: Aria 'Se tu la reggia il volo' one of the "Best Tracks of the Year"

Max Emanuel Cencic is very proud to read that the New York Times have selected his amazing aria with the great George Petrou and the wonderful Armonia Atenea, Se tu la reggia il volo from Ezio by N. Porpora from his Decca recording as one of the best tracks in 2018.

Merry Christmas!

CD Germanico in Germania in ICMA finals

Just in time for the Moscow performance of N. A. Popora's opera Germanico in Germania, the CD made it to the ICMA finals!

On December 17th, M. E. Cencic will be Germanico in Germania

On December 17th, 2018, Max Emanuel Cencic is excited to sing the title-role of Nicola A. Porpora's great opera Germanico in Germania at Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall. Max is very much looking forward to working with great collegues and artists like Julia Lezhneva as Ersinda, Nian Wang as Arminio, Dilyara Idrisova as Rosmonda, György Hanczar as Segeste, and Hasna Bennani as Cecina. Max is keen to perform with capella cravoviensis on period instruments under the baton of Jan Tomasz Adamus.

Performances as Nerone in L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin had to be canceled!

Unfortunately, Max Emanuel Cencic has caught a cold and will have to give his voice a rest.
Therefore he, with a heavy heart, has decided to cancel his performances as Nerone at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.
Max was looking forward to resuming this role and to meeting again with his Berlin audience. Alas, it is not to be.
Max Emanuel Cencic apologizes to his devoted audience, sends his best wishes to his fans and is dedicated to singing for them again soon.
He wishes his colleagues in the Poppea team successful performances.

On 2 Nov. 2018, Max Emanuel Cencic will present his new program Bach&Zelenka in Lausanne

On November 2nd, 2018, Max Emanuel Cencic will perform his (partly) new program Bach&Zelenka in the Cathedrale de Lausanne, accompanied by Nuovo barocco conducted by Dimitris Karakantas.
The producer is Parnassus Arts Productions.

LIVE on Arte TV: La Donna del Lago, directed by Max Emanuel Cencic

The new production of La Donna del Lago, staged by Max Emanuel Cencic and conducted by George Petrou at the Opera de Lausanne, will be broadcasted LIVE on Arte TV under the following Link: on April 27, 7.55 pm CET. The link will be available for six months.

Max Emanuel Cencic will sing also the central and huge Hosenrollen part of Malcolm, and it’s a worldpremiere that the role of Malcolm will be sung by a male singer. George Petrou will conduct the Orchestra Chambre de Lausanne, the two heavy tenor roles – Uberto / Giacomo and Rodrigo – will be sung by Daniel Behle (Uberto / Giacomo) and Juan Francisco Gatell, and Lena Belkina will mime the title role. Enjoy the broadcasting of the new production of La Donna del Lago with it’s production details as follows:

LA DONNA DEL LAGO, Opera by Giacchino Rossini in two acts
Performances on april 27th,  2018, 7.55 pm CET, from the Opera de Lausanne

Livret d’Andrea Leone Tottola, d’après The Lady of the Lake de Walter Scott
Worldpremiere at Teatro San Carlo, Neapel, on 24th Oktober 1819
Edition G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH, Berlin

New production of Opéra de Lausanne, in coproduction with the National Theater Zagreb

Elena: Lena Belkina
Malcolm: Max Emanuel Cencic
Giacomo V (Uberto): Daniel Behle
Rodrigo: Juan Francisco Gatell
Duglas d’Angus: Daniel Golossov
Albina: Delphine Gillot
Serano: Tristan Blanchet
Bertram: Aurélien Reymond-Moret

Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
Choir Opéra de Lausanne under Antonio Greco

Conductor: George Petrou
Stage Director: Max Emanuel Cencic
Set + costumes: Bruno de Lavenère
Light: David Debrinay
Video: Étienne Guiol
Stage Director assistant: Constantina Psoma

CD Porpora honoured with a Diapason d'Or!

In its April 2018 issue, the French opera magazine Diapason has honoured Max Emanuel Cencic's newly released CD Porpora Opera Arias, dedicated to the memory of the great composer Nicola Porpora during the 250th anniversary of his death, with their prestigious Diapason d'Or.
The CD has been recorded by:
Max Emanuel Cencic (countertenor)
Armonia Atenea (orchestra)
George Petrou (conductor)
Decca Classics (CD label)
Parnassus Arts Productions (producer)

CD Germanico in Germania awarded a Diapason d'Or!

In its March 2018 issue, the French opera magazine Diapason has awarded the newly released CD Germanico in Germania (opera by Nicola Porpora) with their prestigious Diapason d'Or.
The CD honoured in this way has been performed by:
Max Emanuel Cencic (Germanico)
Julia Lezhneva (Ersinda)
Dilyara Idrisova (Rosmonda)
Mary-Ellen Nesi (Arminio)
Juan Sancho (Segeste)
Hasna Benmani (Cecina)
Capella Cracoviensis (orchestra)
Jan Tomasz Adamus (conductor)
Decca Classics (CD label)
Parnassus Arts Productions / Capella Cracoviensis (producers)

CD Germanico in Germania is on sale!

On January 12th, 2018, sales of the CD Germanico in Germania started. The release date of this Decca recording of Nicola Antonio Porpora's opera coincides with the 250th anniversary of the composer's death.
The excellent cast performing on the CD includes:
Max Emanuel Cencic (Germanico)
Julia Lezhneva (Ersinda)
Dilyara Idrisova (Rosmonda)
Mary-Ellen Nesi (Arminio)
Juan Sancho (Segeste)
Hasnaa Bennani (Cecina)
Capella Cracoviensis (orchestra)
Jan Tomasz Adamus (conductor)

CD Ottone nominated for a Grammy

The CD Ottone, produced by Parnassus Arts Productions and Il Pomo d'Oro and pubished by Decca, was nominated for a Grammy in the category "Best Opera CD of the Year".
The other CDs nominated are: Berg's opera Lulu with The Metropolitan Orchestra, Berg's Wozzeck with the Houston Symphony, Bizet's Les Pecheurs des Perles with the Metropolitan Orchestra, and The Golden Cockerel with the Marinsky Orchestra.

The 2018 Grammy Awards will air live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on CBS on Sunday, January 28.

Our thanks for the great cooperation go to Max Emanuel Cencic (Ottone, artistic concept), Ann Hallenberg (Gismonda), Lauren Snouffer (Teofane), Pavel Kudinov (Emireno), Xavier Sabata (Adalberto), Anna Starushkevych (Matilde) and, of course, George Petrou (conductor) and Il Pomo d'Oro (orchestra). We also thank sound master Jakob Händel, and editor David Vickers.

Ottone wins the "Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik"

The German "Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik" goes to Ottone.
We are glad and thankful.

Max Emanuel Cencic (Ottone)
Il Pomo d'Oro (Orchestra)
Γιώργος Πέτρου / George Petrou (Conductor)
Lauren Snouffer (Teofane)
Ann Hallenberg (Gismonda)
Pavel Kudinov (Emireno)
Xavier Sabata (Adalberto)
Anna Starushkevych (Matilde)

CD-Label: Decca Classics
Producer: Parnassus ARTS Productions

Unbelievable, but true: Max' birthday and 35th stage anniversary, all at once!

It all began 35 years ago, in what is today called HNK, the opera of Zagreb. Max Emanuel Cencic sang the coloratura of Die Koenigin der Nacht, went on tour with Paris' Sorbonne at the tender age of 7, and started performing infants' roles at the opera of Zagreb on September 1982.

To celebrate Max' 35th stage anniversary as well as his birthday, the opera of Zagreb will organize a gala event on September 21st, 2017.
There, the artist will perform the title role of Orfeo in Christoph W. Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, under the baton of Maestro Niksa Bareza.

Ottone "Opera of the Month" in Opera Magazine

The Opera Magazine has selected Parnassus' Ottone as "opera of the month" (August 2017).
That's good, right?

Sacred Music for the Royal Chapel of Dresden

Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745), Bohemian-Austrian composer. A well-known name to the avid music lover…
However it is surprisingly rare to see an entire recital dedicated to his work alone. Zelenka is known for his use of harmonic structures that were seen as quite audacious for his time and he composed often extremely demanding pieces, both technically and musically, ranging from unrelenting virtuosity to the most delicate and diaphanous of melodies.

On June 10th, 2017, Parnassus Arts Productions presented this programme selected and sung by Max Emanuel Cencic, accompanied by Ensemble Desmarest conducted by Ronan Khalil:

10. Juni 2017: Eglise Romane Froville (FR)

18. Juli 2017: Cathédrale Saint-Thédorit, Uzes (FR)

03. Dezember 2017: Konzerthaus Wien (AT)

24. März 2018: Lyon (FR)

Release of the CD Ottone on May 26, 2017. Pre-release starts now!

The brand new CD Ottone (opera by George Friderick Handel) with star-countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic in title role and produced by Parnassus Arts Productions has been released through Decca on May 26th, 2017.
The high carat cast is as follows:

Ottone: Max Emanuel CENCIC
Gismonda: Ann HALLENBERG
Teofano: Lauren SNOUFFER
Ernando: Pavel KUDINOV
Adalberto: Xavier SABATA
conductor: George PETROU
orchestra: Il Pomo d‘Oro

The CD Ottone can be ordered here.

In April: two Mozart-Rossini recitals with piano

In April 2017, Max Emanuel Cencic sings two Mozart-Rossini recitals accompanied by piano:
on April 4th at Konzerthaus Berlin (his house debut), accompanied by Megumi Otsuka,
and on April 14th at Festival Biarritz , accompanied by Ronan Khalil.
See more details in the schedule.