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Russell Plows CV

Theatre & opera director, translator and composer
Currently Artistic Director of Hull Urban Opera

Mr Tilly’s Seance
Composition of a new opera for Hull Urban Opera

Hull Urban Opera
June 2020

Bumps in the Night
Including The Bar by Lente Verelst
Christmas Meeting by Russell Plows
and Mandragora devised by Russell Plows after Rosemary Timperley

Hull Urban Opera
December 2019
Conservancy Buildings off Whitefriargate, Hull

Socrates by Erik Satie
A mindful production of Satie’s Socrates including a mindfulness leader

Hull Urban Opera
June 2019
Hull Minster, Beverley Memorial Hall, Thornton Hall, St Matthews

Cruel Britannia – Back To Ours commission
3 devised pieces of street-opera based on existing arias

Hull Urban Opera
March 2019
The streets of Hull

Dreams Are More Than Shadows
Composition of a new one-act opera for Hull Urban Opera 2020

Hull Urban Opera

The Brain Jar Sessions
Founding and artistic direction of informal concerts of new songs & opera upstairs in a bar

Hull Urban Opera
April, July & December 2018
Brain Jar, Paragon Arcade, Scale Lane Bridge in Hull

Christmas Meeting
Composition and direction of a new ghost opera for mezzo, tenor, harp & strings

Hull Urban Opera
December 2017
Brain Jar, Trinity Methodist, Thornton Hall in Hull

La Brebis Egaree (The Lost Sheep)
Workshop Director of rarely performed opera by Milhaud
June 2016
SOAS in London

La Brebis Egaree (The Lost Sheep)
Orchestral arranger & translator of new edition of opera by Milhaud for Ricordi


Romeo & Juliet
English translation of Gounod’s opera

Riverside Opera in London
May 2014
Rose Theatre in London

Private Drama Coach & Piano Teacher in London

2011 – 2013

The Marriage of Figaro

Opera Nova
September 2010
Otley Theatre

Preparation of reduced orchestrations of operas by Milhaud, Poulenc and Ullmann

For future performance
June 2009

The Dramaticules of Samuel Beckett
Workshop Director

Norwegian Chapel

Director of opera by Verdi

Opera Moriarty
July 2007
St Andrews Church NW3

Director of British Premiere of opera by Milhaud

Opera Up Close
June 2005
Finborough Theatre in London

La Voix Humaine / Socrates
Director & translator of operas by Poulenc & Satie

Opera Up Close
October 2004
National Opera Studio in London

La Bohème

Sevenoaks Opera
March 2004
Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks

The Kaiser of Atlantis
Director of Viktor Ullmann’s opera

Opera Up Close
March 2003
Wandsworth Theatre in London


Sevenoaks Opera
March 2003
Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks

Cosi Fan Tutte
Director & translator

Hampstead Garden Opera
February 2001
Gatehouse Theatre in London

Don Giovanni

Hampstead Garden Opera
February 2000
Gatehouse Theatre in London

Amahl & the Night Visitors / A Dinner Engagement

Opera For All
June 1999
North London College

La Bohème

Royal Sutton Opera
February 1999
Sutton Hall

The Imitation
Devisor & Director of a new play about Manley Hopkins

Questors Theatre
October 1996
Questors Theatre in London


Welsh National Opera, English Touring Opera, Wexford Opera Festival, The Gate Theatre, Trinity Laban College
Assistant Director and workshop leader

Work with Richard Hickox, Stephen Barlow, Emmanuel Joel, Tim Hopkins, David Fielding, Jamie Hayes and others

1989 – 1996