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Max Emanuel Cenčić

Max Emanuel Cenčić
Born (1976-09-21) September 21, 1976 (age 37)
Years active 1992-present

Max Emanuel Cencic (born September 21, 1976, in Zagreb, Croatia) is a countertenor, currently based in Austria.[1]

Early career as a boy soprano

Cencic started singing at a very early age, earning fame in his native Croatia at the age of six after singing the Queen of the Night's coloratura showpiece aria 'Der Hölle Rache' from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte on Zagreb television. From circa 1987 to 1992, Cencic was a member of the Vienna Boys' Choir (German: Wiener Sängerknaben), with which institution he toured and recorded widely. Recorded performances (in which Cencic was either treble soloist of the Sängerknaben or an independent male soprano) with the Sängerknaben include Händel's Messiah, Haydn's Die Schöpfung, and Mozart's Requiem (which also features countertenor Derek Lee Ragin), all available on the Capriccio label. Cencic can also be heard in his capacity as the leading treble soloist with the Wiener Sängerknaben in numerous recordings of liturgical and secular music on the Philips label. A particular highlight from his recordings with the Sängerknaben is a performance of the vocal version of Johann Strauss II's Frühlingsstimmen, a remarkable feat of vocalism for a boy soprano.

Post-Sängerknaben career as a male soprano

From 1992 to 1997, he pursued a solo career, singing Arcadia, the online shop of the Wiener Staatsoper.

Current career as a countertenor

Following his re-training as a countertenor, Cencic has enjoyed a successful career that has taken him around the world. An intrepid performer, Cencic's career to date has been marked by a series of dramatically varied portrayals, an impressive example being his performances in the female role (likely composed for a castrato) of Saint Alexis' wife (Sposa) with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants' traveling production of Stefano Landi's 1631 opera Sant'Alessio. Cencic also enjoyed notable success in the role of Perseo in the serenata Andromeda Liberata, attributed to Antonio Vivaldi but of dubious authorship, both in a world tour and a recording on the DGG Archiv label with Andrea Marcon and the Venice Baroque Orchestra.

Cencic made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper on 28 February 2010, in the role of the Herold in Aribert Reimann's opera Medea. He will sing three additional performances of the role at the Staatsoper in November and December 2010.[2]

A new studio recording of operatic arias by Georg Friedrich Händel, notably containing music composed for the mezzo-soprano castrato Giovanni Carestini, was released on the EMI/Virgin label in the UK on 1 March 2010.

Cencic will perform the role of Ottone in Monteverdi's opera L'Incoronazione di Poppea at Madrid's Teatro Real in May 2010, in a production featuring William Christie and Les Arts Florissants. The production will be recorded for DVD release in their Monteverdi series with Les Arts Florissants by the Italian label Dynamic.


Om Capriccio Classics:

  • Vivaldi: Cantatas. Ornamente 99 dir. Karsten Eric Ose 2003
  • Domenico Scarlatti: Cantatas. Ornamente 99 dir. Karsten Eric Ose 2004
  • Antonia Caldara: Cantatas. Ornamente 99 dir. Karsten Eric Ose 2005
    • Re-release (3CD with DVD, sung texts and translations) 2012
  • Scarlatti Volume 2: Con Qual Cor, Fille gia piu non parlo. Qual Pensier, Quale Ardire. No, Non Fuggire. Ti Ricorda, O Bella Irene 2006

On Virgin Classics:


External links

  • Official Website of Max Emanuel Cencic
  • Website of Parnassus Arts Productions
  • Partial Discography (excludes recordings made with the Sängerknaben and as a boy soprano)
  • Profile of Max Emanuel Cencic on the website of his French management firm, Concerts Parisiens

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