Hull Urban Opera

We are delighted to be working with Hull Urban Opera on their production It Must Have Been a Tuesday.

Inspired by the US hit phenomenon, The Moth, this intimate, cabaret-style show presents four real-life stories through spoken word, song and instrumental music. Four rising stars in the opera world retell moments from their own lives, set to music by the Artistic Director of Hull Urban Opera, Russell Plows. The stories tackle family relationships, overcoming personal adversity, exploring cultural heritage, and other tough topics. The result is a uniquely personal, intimate experience of opera, ideally suited to small venues and other unusual spaces.


Poppy Shotts – soprano
Joanna Gamble – mezzo
Alex Grainger – tenor
Neil Balfour – bass-baritone
with Ellie Gaynard Evans – violin

Music by Russell Plows


“very moving”
“relatable and heartfelt”
“superb performances”
“brave and honest


HUO exists to create work which ignites in the people of Hull a passionate relationship with the visceral power of opera. Our work, whether indoor, outdoor or in workshop form, may entertain, challenge and provoke but is always founded on a passionate belief in communication. We promise to be friendly, welcoming and playful in our engagement with audiences and to share with them an exciting journey of discovery and experimentation inspired by our ongoing dialogue.

Artistic Director: Russell Plows

Russell is an opera director and composer with more than twenty-five years’ experience in the sector. He began as an assistant director at English Touring Opera and Welsh National Opera but soon felt the need to start producing his own work.

In 2003 he formed Opera Up Close in London in the belief that there was an audience for well-crafted unfamiliar works and he directed operas by Ullmann, Poulenc and Milhaud. In late 2017 he returned to his native Hull and formed Hull Urban Opera where he remains artistic director.

Russell is passionate about new music and has commissioned two operas from exciting young Belgian composer Lente Verelst as well as shorter concert works from Anna Appleby, Ella Jarman-Pinto, Rose Dodd and Katie Chatburn.