Tuesday, 7 January 2020

From Rossini in Germany to Mozart in Wales: Max Hoehn directs La Cenerentola in Bremerhaven and Cosi fan tutte for WNO

Rossini: La Cenerentola at Stadttheater Bremerhaven, directed by Max Hoehn
Rossini: La Cenerentola at Stadttheater Bremerhaven, directed by Max Hoehn
In May 2020, Welsh National Opera (WNO) launches a new production of Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte which is being performed at mid-scale venues across England and Wales. The production is directed by the young British-Swiss director Max Hoehn, who has just directed Rossini's La Cenerentola for the Stadttheater Bremerhaven, where it opened on Christmas Day and runs until 29 March 2020. Judging from the photos it looks to be a lively and engaging production, and features some wild spaghetti!

Rossini: La Cenerentola at Stadttheater Bremerhaven, directed by Max Hoehn
Rossini: La Cenerentola at Stadttheater Bremerhaven, directed by Max Hoehn
Max Hoehn was a nominee for Best Young Director at the 2016 International Opera Awards, the first recipient of the Independent Opera Director Fellowship [for whom he directed Simon Vosecek's Biedermann and the Arsonists in 2015, see my review] and a prize-winner at the 9th Europäischer Opernregie-Preis. We also caught his production of Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto for Pop-Up Opera in 2017 [see Anthony's review]

WNO's new production of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte opens on 23 May 2020 in Swansea and travels to Newport, Yeovil, Mold, Brecon, Winchester, Birmingham, Hereford, Milford Haven, Shrewsbury, Bangor, Oxford, Malvern. The production is directed by Max Hoehn, conducted by Frederick Brown, designed by Jemima Robinson, with Rhodri Rhys Jones as Ferrando, Ross Ramgobin as Guglielmo, Quentin Hayes as Alfonso, Katie Bray as Dorabella, Nazan Fikret as Fiordiligi and Elizabeth Karani as Despina. Set in the 1970s, it will take audiences ‘back to school’ as it follows four sixth formers learning about first love and all its complications.

Full details from the WNO website.

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