Artistic Director: Max Hoehn



Isle of Noise aims to encourage a broader definition of opera, experimenting freely with a vast repertoire to create new narratives and an alternative way of experiencing the art form.

Max Hoehn (Artistic Director)

After graduating from Oxford University with a First in History, Max directed, co-wrote and acted in an adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov's 'The Master and Margarita', which toured to London's Battersea Arts Centre, Oxford's Modern Art Museum and the Edinburgh Fringe, gaining many plaudits (Wall Street Journal's Critic's Choice, 'Must-see, The Stage). Mehmet Ergen, the Artistic Director of the Arcola, invited him to direct Viktor Ullmann's opera, 'The Emperor of Atlantis' (Grimeborn 2011, 2012, **** Telegraph). This was followed by a new adaptation of Pushkin's short story, 'The Queen of Spades (Arcola, 2011, 'Unique and compelling' The Arts Desk) and a staging of Charlotte Bray's song cycle, 'Midnight Closes' for the Tete a Tete Festival at the Riverside Studios. As an Assistant Director, Max has worked on Jonathan Kent's productions of Purcell's 'The Fairy Queen' at Glyndebourne and Strauss's 'Die Frau Ohne Schatten with the Mariinsky Theatre at the Edinburgh International Festival. At the Zurich Opera House, Max has assisted on new production of Mozart's 'Die Entf├╝hrung aus dem Serail'. In 2011, he assisted director-designer, David Fielding, on 'Tristan und Isolde' (Grange Park) and 'Rodelinda' (London Handel Festival/RCM) and worked on Keith Warner's production of 'The Rape of Lucretia (Theater an der Wien) . In spring 2013, he assisted Graham Vick on a series of pop-up performances and films of Musorgsky's 'Songs and Dances of Death' with Birmingham Opera Company. Following this project, Birmingham Opera Company commissioned Max to write a new English version of Musorgsky's unfinished masterpiece, Khovanshchina. Graham Vick's promenade production opened in April 2014 under the title of 'Khovanskygate: A National Enquiry' in a big top with the CBSO and a 200-strong volounteer company of chorus, actors and dancers drawn from all over Birmingham.