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British-Swiss director Max Hoehn stages, writes, translates, films and produces opera. Future plans include directing Der fliegende Holländer (Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon), a triple bill of works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Elena Langer and César Cui for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and productions for Welsh National Opera and the Longborough Festival.

He was a nominee for Best Young Director at the 2016 International Opera Awards, a recipient of the Independent Opera Director Fellowship and a prize-winner at the 9th Europäischer Opernregie-Preis. 

He is the founder and artistic director of Opera21, a laboratory dedicated to developing new operas. Visit to learn more.


He began his career as an Assistant Director working with Graham Vick, David Pountney, Johannes Erath, Jonathan Kent and others at Glyndebourne, Opernhaus Zürich, Oper Frankfurt, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Birmingham Opera Company, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Theater an der Wien, Welsh National Opera, Grange Park and with the Mariinsky Theatre on Tour.


Productions as Director include: The Consul (Welsh National Opera), Biedermann and the Arsonists (Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells), La Cenerentola (Stadttheater Bremerhaven), Hansel & Gretel (Iford Festival Education Programme), The Waiter's Revenge (Birmingham Opera Company) and a semi-staging of The Fiery Angel (Scottish Opera).

Opera translations include Khovanshchina (Birmingham Opera Company), Der Kaiser von Atlantis (Loud Crowd & Bold Tendencies, London), Così fan Tutte (Welsh National Opera) and a series of short comic operas by Germaine Tailleferre (Shenandoah University).

Max lives with his family in Berlin.


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