German counter-tenor Jean-Max Lattemann completed his undergraduate Vocal Studies in Dresden, Germany. He went on to study with Andrew Watts at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and graduated in 2016. During his studies he also worked with internationally acclaimed artists such as Dame Emma Kirkby, Jane Manning and Ludger Rémy, as well as Dorothee Mields, Simone Kermes, Robert Levin and Graham Johnson in various masterclasses.
Jean-Max enjoys performing equally on the opera and the concert stage and has been lauded by critics as “a talent to watch out for” (Bachtrack). In 2016, he was selected for the prestigious masterclasses of the Bachakademie Stuttgart in Germany, focussing on J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor. In August 2018 he sung the alto part in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at Dartington International Summer Festival under the baton of Tom Seligman.
His operatic appearances include title roles in Apollo et Hyacinth (Mozart) and Schneiderlein (Wolfgang Mitterer) in Dresden, as well as Xerxes (Handel) with Hampstead Garden Opera in London, where he has also appeared at the Tête-à-Tête Contemporary Opera Festival as Peregrine in Boys of Paradise. In August 2018, he performed the role of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach in The Great Passion, a musical play by James Runcie with music by J.S. Bach, at Dartington International Festival, conducted by Robert Howarth.
Highlights of the 2018/19 season are his debut with Bury Court Opera as Big Mountain Witch in Noah Mosley’s new opera Aurora, with the composer conducting. The production will also feature at the Grimeborn Opera Festival in London in August 2019. Jean-Max also returns to Dartington International Festival for his debut as Nerone in Handel’s Agrippina, thus renewing his collaboration with conductor Robert Howarth.
Previous conductor collaborations include Franz Brochhagen, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Matthias Jung, Eamonn Dougan and Richard Hetherington.
Contemporary music forms an important part of Jean-Max’s work. He has performed at the ‘Rising Stars’ concerts at the City of London Festival, the ‘Voiceworks-alumni’ series at Wigmore Hall and at the ‘LSO Platforms’ at Barbican Hall. April 2018 saw his debut at the Borough New Music Series in London.
In 2015, the Guildhall School awarded him the Tracey Chadwell Memorial Award for his work in contemporary English song during his studies.
Jean-Max has been generously supported by the Guildhall School Trust, the Eileen Nesfield Cookson Bursary Fund and The Radcliffe Trust.
He is based in London.