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.

Opera Lab Europe (OLÉ)

A New Ensemble directed by Max Hoehn & Inês Simões

Opera Lab Europe present


OLÉ’s first show consists of the human voice at its most expressive and nothing else. Just an ensemble of voices that seduce, attack, cry, soothe and inspire. Three compelling a cappella pieces by Judith Weir, Stephen Oliver and Zad Moultaka lead us from the bustle of a crowded café to a war-ravaged landscape.  

Performances on 30th June, 1st & 2nd July 2017 at Lisbon's LX Factory. 

Hummus by Zad Moultaka will receive its UK Premiere at London's Tête à Tête Festival on the 3rd August 2017. 

Judith Weir’s 

King Harald’s Saga

Portuguese National Premiere

This epic 10-minute classic of contemporary music-theatre depicts a disastrous invasion of England by a war-mad, reckless King. In a virtuoso marathon, one soprano performs the roles of politician, king, soldier, broadcaster and many more. Judith Weir’s ritualistic mono-opera about the folly of a monomaniacal king is particularly relevant in 2017. 

Director: Max Hoehn, Soprano: Inês Simões

Zad Moultaka’s 


Portuguese National Premiere & UK Premiere

“I want to eat hummus” declares Andreas. “I want to drink hummus. I want to lay siege to hummus. I want to fill my stomach.” As he and his friends gorge themselves on this Middle-Eastern delicacy, Andreas is asked about his recent journey to a nameless, war-torn, beautiful country. Gradually his memories of a massacre come back to haunt him.

Opera Lab Europe’s journey through a cappella opera culminates in this thrilling work, which combines powerful subject matter with a highly original, viscerally exciting musical voice containing traces of traditional Arabic folk music at its most dynamic.

Lebanese composer Zad Moultaka wrote Hummus for the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart who have performed it in Madrid, Venice, Ghent, Bremen and Beirut. Previous works include a children’s opera König Hamed und Seine Erste Frau for Oper Mainz. He will represent Lebanon at the 2017 Venice Biennale. 

Cast: Nicholas Morris, James Hall, Nélia Goncalves, Job Tomé, Marina Pacheco, Austin Gunn & Inês Simões

Director: Max Hoehn, Conductor: Clara Coelho

Stephen Oliver's


(Portuguese National Premiere)

A drunken waiter in the local café unleashes fifteen minutes of glorious operatic chaos. Performed in a wordless language of trills, roars, squeaks and grunts, Oliver’s ingenious opera is a comic gem. Think Fawlty Towers meets Charlie Chaplin.

Stephen Oliver was one of the most prolific and talented post-war British composers. His 40 operas included Beauty and the Beast for the Batignano Festival and City of Birmingham Touring Opera and an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens for English National Opera shortly before his death from AIDS in 1992. Director Max Hoehn returns to this piece following his staging for Graham Vick’s cutting-edge Birmingham Opera Company in cafés all over Birmingham’s city centre in 2015. 

Cast: James Hall, Austin Gunn, Inês Simões, Marina Pacheco, Nicholas Morris, Job Tomé 

Director: Max Hoehn, Musical Preparation: Clara Coelho