Max Hoehn

Max Hoehn

Stage Director

Nominee for Best Young Director at the 2016 International Opera Awards
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«"A brilliantly alive staging by max hoehn"»
the New York times on biedermann and the arsonists (2018)
«"a fiery and intense staging of Šimon Voseček’s winning work" * * * *»
the guardian (2018)
«"it burns like acid" * * * *»
2018Handel: RodelindaStage Director
2017Prokofiev: The Fiery AngelStage Director
2017Mozart: Le Nozze Di FigaroStage Director


British-Swiss director Max Hoehn was nominated as Best Young Director at the 2016 International Opera Awards and was a prize-winner at the 9th European Opera Directors Prize (Berlin, 2016). He won the 2015 Independent Opera Director Fellowship, a nationwide competition judged by a panel led by David Pountney. 

He has worked at Oper Frankfurt, Opernhaus Zürich, Grand Théâtre de Geneve, Theater an der Wien, Glyndebourne, Welsh National Opera, Grange Park and with the Mariinsky Theatre on tour, assisting directors such as Graham Vick, Johannes Erath and Jonathan Kent.

His productions include Biedermann and the Arsonists (UK Premiere, Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells), Rodelinda (Cambridge Handel Opera Company), The Waiter's Revenge (Birmingham Opera Company), Three A Cappella Operas (Opera Lab Europe), Il Matrimonio Segreto (Pop-Up Opera UK Tour) and a concert staging of Prokofiev's The Fiery Angel for Scottish Opera. He has also worked with the National Opera Studio's Young Artist Programme (2017 & 2018 Residencies at Scottish Opera) and with students of the Royal College of Music, London.  In summer 2017 he helped launch Opera Lab Europe with a staging of short a cappella operas in Lisbon and a short film based on La Traviata, Violetta's Ghosts, now available on the Opera Vision website. 

In 2014 he wrote a new English translation of Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina for Graham Vick's revelatory Birmingham Opera Company production, which went on to win Best New Production at the International Opera Awards. Max Hoehn has also participated as librettist and director in the 2014/15 Jerwood Opera Writing Programme for Aldeburgh Music.

Upcoming projects include a promenade version of Hansel and Gretel for school children in the woods, produced by the Iford Festival Education Programme. 

Max Hoehn is a winner of a 2017 Bursary from the Opera Awards Foundation. In the past his work has received funding from Arts Council England, Swiss Cultural Fund of Great Britain, William and Judith Bollinger, The Kobler Trust and the Arab British Centre. 

He lives in Lisbon and London.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Handel: Rodelinda Stage Director Cambridge Handel Opera Company 2018
Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel Stage Director Scottish Opera 2017
Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro Stage Director Grand Theatre De Geneve 2017


Independent opera director fellowship
best young director (nomination)