British-Swiss director Max Hoehn stages, writes, translates, films and produces opera.
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.
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.
His productions as director include The Consul (Welsh National Opera), La Cenerentola (Stadttheater Bremerhaven), Biedermann and the Arsonists (Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells, UK Premiere), Rodelinda (Cambridge Handel Opera Company) Stephen Oliver's The Waiter's Revenge (Birmingham Opera Company), the UK Premiere of Zad Moultaka's Hummus (London's Tête à Tête Festival & Lisbon's LX Factory), From Russia with Love (Scottish Opera / National Opera Studio), a semi-staging of Prokofiev's The Fiery Angel (Scottish Opera), Il Matrimonio Segreto (Pop-Up Opera, UK Tour), Judith Weir's King Harald's Saga (Lisbon's LX Factory) and a promenade version of Hansel and Gretel performed for children in the woods (Iford Festival Education Project). As a Revival Director he recently restaged Le Nozze di Figaro for Welsh National Opera with Carlo Rizzi conducting. His short film, Violetta's Ghosts, based on La Traviata, was released on the Opera Vision streaming website run by Opera Europa.
In 2014 he wrote a new English version of Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina for Graham Vick's epic Birmingham Opera Company production. Entitled Khovanskygate: a National Enquiry, the production featured the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a volunteer chorus of over 120 people performing in a circus tent. Following this first venture into translating, Max took part in Aldeburgh Music's Jerwood Opera Writing Programme as librettist and director, collaborating on a series of five-ten minute mini-operas. Other translations include Così fan Tutte, commissioned by Welsh National Opera, and Der Kaiser von Atlantis, commissioned by Loud Crowd.
In 2017 he co-curated Festival Música na Fábrica in Lisbon's LX Factory, programming a weekend of contemporary music, including the Portuguese premieres of works by Judith Weir and Zad Moultaka.
His work has been generously supported by Arts Council England, the British Council's Artist International Development Fund, European Network of Opera Academies the Swiss Cultural Fund of Great Britain, William and Judith Bollinger, the International Opera Awards Foundation Bursary, Camerata Nuova, the Kobler Trust, Jewish Music Institute, the Arab British Cultural Centre, Sir Alan Cox and Lady Ros Shelley and the Russky Mir Foundation.