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I'M RUSSELL PLOWS

Opera director, translator and arranger What else?

HERE’S WHAT I DO

I’m an opera director, translator and arranger and I compose a bit too.

I began as an assistant at Welsh National Opera, English Touring Opera and the Wexford Festival before setting up Opera Up Close in 2003 and directing Milhaud’s Médée, Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine and Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis. More recently I have directed Satie’s Socrate, Verdi’s Rigoletto, Puccini’s La Boheme and Holst’s Wandering Scholar.

As well as frequently directing for other companies, I have taught stagecraft at the Trinity Laban School and the Questors Theatre and led workshops in the ‘dramaticules’ of Samuel Beckett.

I have created English translations of operas by Gounod, Satie, Ullmann and Milhaud and am currently working on two new libretti, one of which I will set to my own music.

In 2017 I founded Hull Urban Opera Collective, a company which offers high-quality immersive opera in various parts of the city including the Minster, Trinity House and local pubs. Our work is eclectic encompassing Martinü’s Julietta and a Christmas event entitled “The Heinrich Schütz Christmas Pub Crawl”.

COMPOSITIONS & ORCHESTRAL ARRANGEMENTS

Including two new operas, a new Satie orchestration and chamber orchestrations of operas by Milhaud

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