Emerging tenor Max Hosmer has been hailed as “scene-stealing” and praised for his “powerful high range” in the Daily Camera. He recently portrayed George Bailey in the workshop premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's It's a Wonderful Life. Other modern opera premieres include Calvin O’Keefe in Libby Larsen’s A Wrinkle in Time, Bev Russell in Zach Redler's A Song for Susan Smith, Lefty Calibrini in Lori Laitman’s Ludlow, and Henry James in Alberto Caruso’s The Master with CU New Opera Works. His clear voice, expressive stage presence, range of repertoire, and quick learning ability has made him a dependable and sought-after performer.
Max has been gaining recognition as an operatic performer in both modern and standard repertoire. Favorite roles include Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Laurie in Little Women, Martin in The Tender Land, Fenton in Falstaff, Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance, Cascada in The Merry Widow, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Pickups in Rootabaga Stories, and Milkman in Brundibar; with such companies as Townsend Opera Players, Emerald City Opera, Colorado Music Festival, Thompson Street Opera, Bear Valley Music Festival, and the Eklund Opera Program. He has worked under the baton of Ryan Murray, Nicholas Carthy, Glen Cortese, Christopher Zemliauskas, Michael Christie, and Ezra Donner.
Max was the winner of the Bernard Polak Award at the 2014 Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition, and the Myrle F. Hoffman award at the 2013 competition. In 2014 he traveled to New York to participate in the National Opera Conference Opera Scenes Competition, where his scene won 2nd place. He is also the winner of the California State University, Stanislaus 2009-2010 Concerto/Aria Competition. Max has participated in masterclasses with Michelle DeYoung, Mary Jane Johnson, Jerold Siena, Carol Kimball, John Baril, and Donald Kaasch.
Max is also a skilled performer of concert repertoire. He performed the Tenor Soloist in Carmina Burana with the Colorado Repertory Singers. He appeared in Saints and Sinners with the Central City Opera Ensemble in Ouray, Colorado. Other companies Max has been a featured soloist for include Loveland Opera, the Fine Tuned Society of Boulder, the Longmont Chorale, the Colorado Hebrew Chorale, and the Eklund Opera Theatre Singers.
A native of Modesto, California, Max graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Stanislaus with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, and earned his Master of Music in Voice Performance as well as his Professionals Certificate in Opera and Vocal Performance from the University of Colorado Boulder. He currently resides in the Chicago area.