Max Hoehn, Opera Director

Max directs, films, designs and translates opera. 

He was nominated as Best Young Director at the 2016 International Opera Awards, won the 2015 Independent Opera Directing Fellowship and was a 
prize-winner at the 9th European Opera Directing Prize (Berlin, 2016).

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, a new production of Rodelinda (Cambridge Handel Opera Company) and Hansel and Gretel for Iford Festival's Education Programme.

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. He is a recipient of this year's International Opera Awards Foundation Bursary and a member of the newly set-up Kasper Holten Talent Discovery Program.

Contact Max at [email protected] 

(Photograph: Max Lacome,