Bayreuth Baroque - Lukas, Lang, Cencic
Bayreuth Baroque – Lukas, Lang, Cencic

Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival in the Margravial Opera House

In September 2020 the International Festival of Opera Seria Bayreuth Baroque debuted in the Margravial Opera House Bayreuth. The theatre of Wilhelmine of  Bayreuth, which opened in 1748, was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2012 and reopened in 2018 after a renovation. The performance of baroque opera serias at the original location awakens one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world from a museum sleep and allows you to experience its epoch in a sensual way.

Bayreuth Baroque takes place in September. Artistic Director is Max Emanuel Cencic, countertenor, director and producer. Creative Producer is Georg Lang, Executive Director is Dr. Clemens Lukas.

Artistic Director

Max Emanuel Cencic is one of the world’s most fascinating and diverse artists committed to the rediscovery and performance of 18th century music. He has been performing since 1982 and sings regularly at opera houses such as the Vienna State Opera, Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, Opera de Paris, Teatro Real and many more. In 2023 he had his La Scala di Milano debut. Max celebrated his 40th stage anniversary in 2022, is a countertenor, director, agency owner, producer and since 2020 Artistic Director of the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival.


Executive Director

Dr. Clemens Lukas studied economics in Bayreuth, Perpignan and Bloomington and earned his doctorate in organisational psychology at the TU Berlin. Within the framework of his agency KulturPartner, he has founded and built up several festivals and advised cultural regions on restructuring. Since 2020, he has been the founding executive director of Bayreuth Baroque.


Creative Producer

Georg Lang‘s career took him to Baden near Vienna after studying business informatics at the University of Vienna and Vienna University of Technology, where he worked as racing secretary at the Badener Trabrennverein from 1988 and was managing director of the Sommertrabrennbahn from 1999 to 2004. From 2003 to 2007 he served on the management board of Magna Racino as general secretary. He founded the agency PARNASSUS ARTS PRODUCTIONS in 1999. The agency focuses on artist management, baroque opera productions, concert projects and CD productions. Since 2020, Georg Lang has been working as artistic director of Bayreuth Baroque.


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