Director-Librettist Max Hoehn Launches Opera21

By David Salazar

Director-librettist Max Hoehn has launched Opera21.

The new company, which is dedicated to developing new opera and music theatre, will kick off with its first commission, “The Last Castrato.” The opera is composed by Torsten Rasch and written by Max Hoehn and will feature eight soloists and an ensemble of 18 players. The work is inspired by the last-ever castrato Alessandro Moreschi, who will be played by Andrew Watts.

The company also announced that it will be working on “Sonata for Broken Fingers” by composer Joe Cutler and librettist Max Hoehn. The one-act opera will feature five soloists and an ensemble of six players. The work is inspired by the life of Maria Yudina and features “a nocturnal ride through Stalinist Moscow in search of a pianist.”

Per its official website, Opera21 is under the auspices of Opera Europa.

Hoehn is a British-Swiss director who was nominated for the Best Young Director award at the 2016 International Opera Awards. He has worked with such companies as the Welsh National Opera, Stadttheater Bremerhaven, and Scottish Opera, among others.