British-Swiss director Max Hoehn is the first recipient of the Independent
Opera at Sadler's Wells Director Fellowship (the UK's first opera-directing competition) and a recent nominee for Best Young Director at the 2016 International Opera Awards. He has worked at Glyndebourne, Opernhaus Zürich, Oper Frankfurt, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Welsh National Opera, Theater an der Wien, Scottish Opera and with the Mariinsky Theatre on Tour. In addition to directing, he wrote a new English translation of Musorgsky's Khovanshchina for Birmingham Opera Company and recently co-produced the first edition of Festival Música na Fábrica in Lisbon.
His productions as director include Biedermann and the Arsonists (Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells), Stephen Oliver's The Waiter's Revenge (Birmingham Opera Company), Il Matrimonio Segreto (UK Tour) and a concert staging of Prokofiev's The Fiery Angel (Scottish Opera). In summer 2017 he launched Opera Lab Europe (OLÉ) with Café Carnage, a trio of a cappella operas by Judith Weir, Stephen Oliver and Zad Moultaka performed at Lisbon's LX Factory. Plans for 2018 include directing scenes for the Royal College of Music and National Opera Studio and a new production of Rodelinda (Cambridge Handel Opera Company).
From 2013-14 he assisted Graham Vick's Birmingham Opera Company on a new production of Musorgsky's Khovanshchina and a project based around his Songs and Dances of Death. Max wrote Khovanskygate: A National Enquiry, the new English translation of Khovanshchina used in the Birmingham performances, which drew on a contemporary language of election politics, social protest and religious dogma. The production went on to win Best New Production at the 2015 International Opera Awards. In 2014/15 Max took part as librettist/director on the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme at Aldeburgh Music. Later in 2015 he won the UK's first competition dedicated to opera directors to stage the British premiere of Šimon Voseček’s operatic adaptation of Max Frisch’s absurdist play Biedermann and the Arsonists for Independent Opera at Sadlers Wells and assist David Pountney during Welsh National Opera's 2015/16 season. Biedermann and the Arsonists was selected as one of the Guardian's Top 10 for Classical Concerts & Opera in 2015.
Max's work has been supported by Arts Council England, the British Council's Artist International Development Fund, the Swiss Cultural Fund of Great Britain, William and Judith Bollinger, the Kobler Trust, the Tilett Trust, the Spoli Fund at the Jewish Music Institute, the Arab British Cultural Centre, Sir Alan Cox and Lady Ros Shelley and the Russky Mir Foundation.
Contact Max at [email protected]
(Photograph: Max Lacome, www.maxlacome.com)