News Archive

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.


Germanico in Germania: concert tour to be resumed on March 30th

Parnassus Arts Productions' tour with the staged version of Germanico in Germania (the opera by Nicola Porpora), which started on January 27th, 2017 at the Opera Rara Festival in Krakow, will be resumed on March 30th, 2017 at Vienna's Theater an der Wien, with the following cast:

Germanico: Max Emanuel CENCIC
Ersinda: Julia LEZHNEVA
Arminio: Mary-Ellen NESI
Segeste: György HANCZAR
Cecina: Hasnaa BENANNI
Rosmonda: Dilyara IDRISOVA
conductor: Jan Tomasz ADAMUS
orchestra: Capella Cracoviensis

Max Emanuel Cencic recording new solo-CD

From March 5th to 11th, 2017, Max Emanuel Cencic will be recording his new solo-CD in Athens, accompanied by the great orchestra Armonia Atenea under the fiery baton of George Petrou.

Arminio: performances at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and at Opera Rara Festival in Krakow

From February 5th to March 1st, 2017, the award-winning Parnassus-production of Arminio (the opera by George Frideric Handel) will be shown once in concert version, and three times on stage:

February 24th and 26th, as well as March 1st 2017 at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe,
February 5th, 2017 at the Opera Rara Festival, Krakow.
The cast will be as follows:

Arminio: Max Emanuel CENCIC
Tusnelda: Lauren SNOUFFER
Sigismondo: Vince YI
Remise: Gaia PETRONE
Varo: Juan SANCHO
Tullio: Owen WILLETS (Karlsruhe) / Victor JIMINEZ-DIAZ (Krakow)
Segest: Pavel KUDINOV
conductor: George PETROU
orchestra: Armonia Atenea

Germanico in Germania: concert tour starts 27 January 2017

Beginning with January 27th, 2017 Parnassus Arts Productions will present the concert version of Germanico in Germania (the opera by Nicola Porpora) on tour.

We will show our new production at
Opera Rara Festival in Krakow, on January 27th, 2017,
and at
Theater an der Wien, Vienna, on March 30th, 2017,
with the following cast:

Germanico: Max Emanuel CENCIC
Ersinda: Julia LEZHNEVA
Arminio: Mary-Ellen NESI
Segeste: György HANCZAR
Cecina: Hasnaa BENANNI
Rosmonda: Dilyara IDRISOVA
conductor: Jan Tomasz ADAMUS
orchestra: Capella Cracoviensi

Two performances of Siroe at Opera de Lausanne

Early-November, Parnassus Arts Productions will present two semi-staged performances of Siroe (the opera by Johann Adolf Hasse). The successful production can be seen and heard on November 9th and 11th, 2016, with the following cast:

Siroe: Max Emanuel CENCIC
Laodice: Julia LEZHNEVA
Medarse: Mary-Ellen NESI
Cosroe:  Juan SANCHO
Arasse: Dilyara IDRISOVA

conductor: George PETROU
orchestra: Armonia Atenea
direction: Max Emanuel CENCIC
costumes: Bruno de LAVENERE
lighting: David DEBRINAY
video: Etienne GUIOL

Max Emanuel Cencic's new CD: "Fantastic Cencic"

On October 14th, 2016 Max Emanuel Cencic's new CD "Fantastic Cencic" was released!

Arminio wins Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik

Arminio, the Parnassus production of the Handel opera for stage and CD, has just received the prestigious Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (which curiously translates to "Award of the German record critics").
The institution, established in 1963, consists of critics from Germany, Austria and Switzerland who meet quarterly to assess the quality of new musical releases, on what medium they may come along (not limited to vinyl discs, like the name may suggest).

The CD Arminio has been released by Decca Classics in March 2016. It has been produced by Parnassus Arts Productions with the following cast of singers: Max Emanuel Cencic (as Arminio), Layla Claire (as Tusnelda), Vince Yi (as Sigismondo), Ruxandra Donose (as Ramise), Juan Sancho (as Varo), Xavier Sabata (as Tullio) and Petros Magoulas. Armonia Atenea plays original instruments from the period, conducted by George Petrou.

Max Emanuel Cencic knighted!

We are delighted to learn about the decision of the French Ministry of Culture and Communcation, to make Max Emanuel Cencic a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Here you see the letter of congratulations by the French embassador, Mr. Pascal Teixeira da Silva, in which he calls the decision a sign of the respect, Max Emanuel Cencic enjoys in his country, as well as an appreciation of his extraordinary artistic talent.

And the Echo Klassik 2016 goes to Catone in Utica!

Great news:
ECHO Klassik for Leonardo Vinci's Catone in Utica with Max Emanuel Cencic, Franco Fagioli, Il Pomo d'Oro, Juan Sancho, Valer Sabadus, Vince Yi, Martin Mitterrutzner and Riccardo Minasi!
The CD by the same name was released by Decca, and both CD and performance production were produced by Parnassus Arts Productions.
The award ceremony will take place on 9 October, 2016, at Konzerthaus Berlin hosted by Thomas Gottschalk.

Germanico in Germania: CD-recording from July 23rd to August 1st

The recording onto CD of the opera by Nicola Antonio Porpora, Germanico in Germania, is just taking place. It started on July 23rd and will continue until August 1st, 2016.

The story centers on the battle of the Germans, led by Germanico, against the Romans. Segeste instigates a treachery, and Arminio gets punished for it by imprisonment.

In our production, the title-role (which is the forgiving Germanico) is sung by Max Emanuel Cencic. The parts of Ersinda and Arminio are prominently cast as well, with Julia Lezhneva and Mary-Ellen Nesi. The tenor part of Segeste is performed by Juan Sancho, the soprano part of Rosmonda by the very young Dilyara Idrisova, and the part of Cecina (which was originally intended for a countertenor as well) by Hasnaa Bennani. Jan Tomasz Adamus conducts the orchestra Capella Cracoviensis.

The CD Germanico in Germania will be released in February 2017.
A concert tour will start on March 30th, 2017.

See here an interview with M. E. Cencic about his involvement in the production of Germanico in Germania,
and here an excerpt from the aria Questo e Il Valor Guerriero.

Ottone: CD-recording finished

OTTONE, the opera by G. F. Handel, has been recorded onto CD from June 20th to 30th, 2016.
The story is centered on the Kaiser Otto II, who, in an attempt to further understanding between the East and West part of the Roman Empire, married the Byzantine princess Teofane in 972.

In the Parnassus CD production the title role, Ottone, was sung by star countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic, and the Byzantine princess Teofane by the young American Lauren Snouffer. Also the parts of Gismonda and Adalberto were prominently cast, namely by Ann Hallenberg and Xavier Sabata. The bass role of Emireno was performed by Pavel Kudinov, the alto role of Matilda by the very young Anna Starushkevyc. George Petrou conducted the (again young) orchestra Il Pomo d'oro.

The CD OTTONE will hit the market on May 2017.
The concert tour will start on July 7th, 2017.

CD Arminio:
worldwide release now!

March 11th saw the release of the CD Arminio through Decca. Handel's opera about the German hero Hermann, who led the successful resistance against the Roman empire, has never been very popular. This seems to change now, with the new Parnassus production, in which Max Emanuel Cencic sings the title role and functions as stage director. Read here what KLASSIKAKZENTE.DE says about the production.