Nominated for Best Young Director at the 2016 International Opera Awards
Prize-Winner at the 9. Europäischer Opernregie-Preis, Berlin
Winner of the 2015 Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells Director Fellowship

Max Hoehn 
Opera Director 
 and Translator

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MAX HOEHN (Biography)

'a brilliantly alive staging by Max Hoehn'

New York Times on 'Biedermann and the Arsonists'.

British-Swiss director Max Hoehn is the first recipient of the Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells Director Fellowship and nominee for Best Young Director at the 2016 International Opera Awards. He has worked at Glyndebourne, Opernhaus Zürich, Birmingham Opera Company, Welsh National Opera, Grange Park, Theater an der Wien, Scottish Opera, National Opera Studio and with the Mariinsky Theatre on Tour.

His productions as director include Biedermann and the Arsonists for Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells), Stephen Oliver's The Waiter's Revenge (Birmingham Opera Company), Handel Furioso, a new devised staging of Handel arias and duets (UK Tour 2012-13)  and Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis (Grimeborn Festival, Arcola). 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 (judged by David Pountney among others) 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. The production was selected as one of the Guardian's Top 10 for Classical Concerts & Opera in 2015.

Next season takes him to Grand Théâtre de Genève and Oper Frankfurt among others. In summer 2017 he will direct a new ensemble 'Opera Lab Europe' (OLÉ) in a series of a cappella operas in Lisbon's LX Factory.

Max's work has been supported by Arts Council England, the British Council, 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, Sir Alan Cox and Lady Ros Shelley and the Russky Mir Foundation.

Contact Max at [email protected]

(Photograph: Max Lacome,