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).

Musorgsky: KHOVANSKYGATE: A NATIONAL ENQUIRY

A New English Version of Musorgsky's opera Khovanshchina

Written by Max Hoehn, Directed by Graham Vick, Designed by Samal Blak.

with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stuart Stratford


'In the pay of politicians

Gossip helped to fill the prisons

Built a network of informers

Gossip soon increased the tortures.

Leaking lies to all the papers

Scandal-loving commentators.

Publishing denunciations.

Wrecking public reputations!'

GRANNY GOSSIP CHORUS, Act 3


'The nation named in Max Hoehn's demotic translation is still Russia...but we could be anywhere - even here...Crude politics, vivid performances, magnificent orchestral playing combine to exhausting, unsettling effect.' * * * * The Times


'Vick and his translator, Max Hoehn, transfer the power politics into contemporary terms clearly referring to Putin's dark arts, but also drawing parallels with extremist nationalist movements in Europe and the religious Right of America.' * * * * The Telegraph


'Max Hoehn's new English version seethes with urban slang...The contemporary echoes are only too evident...But Khovanskygate was a night for the chorus and the people of Birmingham. The cheers were ecstatic.' The Observer


'A logistical, musical and dramatic triumph'

The Sunday Times


'A scintillating new translation' Exeunt Magazine