Max Hoehn, Opera Director

Max Hoehn, Opera Director

Max directs, films, writes 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 . Plans include a new Cosi Fan Tutte for Welsh National Opera.


Birmingham Opera Company 2014

A new English version of Musorgsky's Khovanshchina written by Max Hoehn

Directed by Graham Vick, Designed by Samal Blak, Lighting by Giuseppe di Iorio

Cast: Eric Greene, Claudia Huckle, Paul Nilon, Keel Watson, Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts

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!'


'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...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