Max Emmanuel Cencic: Croatian Voice
Are you destined to be a musician if your father is a conductor and your mother an opera singer? Max Emanuel Cencic grew up in the company of Zagreb intellectuals and his teenage years were spent with the Vienna Boys’ Choir. To reflect on the question, he left for the United States to study inter- national relations. But soon headed back to music. In the interim, his rich and agile high-pitched voice has gone from soprano to countertenor, and his taste for baroque and a refined repertoire has naturally developed. His latest releases are dedicated to 17th-century Neapolitan arias and Handel. In his Paris apartment, this multilingual, itinerant musician feels grounded when surrounded with souvenirs of his family’s lavish past, such as paintings of mythological subjects and rococo embroidered shoes.