Russell Plows CV

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

The Untitled End of the World Party
Librettist & Director
Music by Lente Verelst | Libretto by Lena Vercauteren
Hull Urban Opera
Princes Quay Event Space, Hull

More Bumps in the Night
Including Whistle & I’ll Come to You My Lad by Louis Mander
and Crocodile by Lente Verelst (revised version with vibraphone MC)
Hull Urban Opera
18 Whitefriargate, Hull

It Must Have Been a Tuesday

Three true stories by Poppy Shotts, Joanna Gamble & Alex Grainger spoken and sung by the performers with violin accompaniment.
Hull Urban Opera

Crocodile (Acquired by Sky Arts)
Concept & director

A short animated darkweb riff on violence via Punch & Judy animated by Anna Bean
Music by Lente Verelst | Libretto by Lena Vercauteren
Hull Urban Opera

Snappy opera Teacups & Tentacles

Music by Raymond Yiu
Mahogany Opera Group

Mr Tilly’s Seance
Composer and librettist

A comic opera in one act
Hull Urban Opera

Bumps in the Night
Director (and composer)

Including The Bar by Lente Verelst
Christmas Meeting by Russell Plows
and Mandragora devised by Russell Plows after Rosemary Timperley
Hull Urban Opera
Conservancy Buildings off Whitefriargate, Hull

Socrates by Erik Satie
Director & translator

A mindful production of Satie’s Socrates including a mindfulness leader
Hull Urban Opera
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
The streets of Hull

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

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

Christmas Meeting
Composer & director

A new ghost opera for mezzo, tenor, harp & strings
Hull Urban Opera
Brain Jar, Trinity Methodist, Thornton Hall in Hull

La Brebis Egaree (The Lost Sheep)
Orchestral arranger & translator

A new edition of the opera by Milhaud for Ricordi

Romeo & Juliet

English translation of Gounod’s opera
Riverside Opera in London
Rose Theatre in London

Private Drama Coach & Piano Teacher in London
2011 – 2013

The Marriage of Figaro

Opera Nova
Otley Theatre

Preparation of reduced orchestrations of operas by Milhaud, Poulenc and Ullmann
For future performance

The Dramaticules of Samuel Beckett
Workshop Director
Norwegian Chapel in London


Opera Moriarty
St Andrews Church NW3


British Premiere of opera by Milhaud
Opera Up Close
Finborough Theatre in London

La Voix Humaine / Socrates
Director & translator

Operas by Poulenc & Satie
Opera Up Close
National Opera Studio in London

La Bohème

Sevenoaks Opera
Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks

The Kaiser of Atlantis

Opera by Viktor Ullmann
Opera Up Close
Wandsworth Theatre in London


Sevenoaks Opera
Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks

Cosi Fan Tutte
Director & translator

Hampstead Garden Opera
Gatehouse Theatre in London

Don Giovanni

Hampstead Garden Opera
Gatehouse Theatre in London

Amahl & the Night Visitors / A Dinner Engagement

Opera For All
North London College

La Bohème

Royal Sutton Opera
Sutton Coldfield Hall

The Imitation
Devisor & Director

A new play about Manley Hopkins
Questors Theatre
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