Max Emanuel Cencic to sing the role of Ruggiero in Orlando furioso

2011.03.22. 16:47


Philippe Jaroussky has been obliged to cancel his appearance in Budapest due to an unexpected illness; the Spring Festival audience will be able to see in the role of Ruggiero Max Emanuel Cencic, a young singer who has already earned an international reputation.

Cencic is "the singer blessed with the most wonderful countertenor voice of our time" - wrote the prestigious Opernwelt magazine of the young star in 2008. He began his music studies very early and has been singing on the stage since the age of six. From 1987 to 1992 he was a member of the famous Vienna Boys Choir. Thanks to his special technique he has preserved his beautiful soprano voice and at the beginning of his career he gave successful song recitals in Japan, the United States and a number of European countries. He made his debut in opera early too, in The Magic Flute (as the First boy) under the direction of György Solti and then Nikolaus Harnoncourt; later he sang the roles of Amor (Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice), Adrosto (Jomelli: Demofoonte) and Serse (Handel: Serse). Recently he has also undertaken virtuoso roles: as Tolomeo (Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto), Ottone (Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea) and the title role in Handel: Tamerlano. He worked with Jean-Christophe Spinosi and the Ensemble Matheus on the performance of Messiah in France. 

The young countertenor is to make his debut in Hungary on March 24 in the Palace of Arts.