Hull Urban Opera is a company specifically created to meet the needs of the people of Hull and has quickly become a valued part of the city’s creative ecology.
The company is run on socialist principles of fairness and equality which inform everything from casting, auditions and pay to repertoire and venues.
Our focus is mainly on exciting and engaging new work which can best meet the particular demands of the city with emphasis on quality and accessibility. We keep the quality high by working with the best available artists whilst introducing newcomers who can learn from them. HUO performs in unusual spaces across the city which have no stigma attached, have full disabled access and ticket prices reflecting the local cost of living.
We continue to support female composers and conductors and we warmly welcome applications from BAME and disabled artists who are less well represented in opera.
HUO’s Artistic Director is Russell Plows and the Outreach Director is Charlotte Fong.
Hull Urban Opera is an expanding collective and currently comprises:
Music Director Sonia Ben-Santamaria
Designer Joseph Bisat Marshall
Designer Liz Dees
Makeup Venice Marshall
Stage Management Luke Dankoff
Composer Lente Verelst
Librettist Lena Vercauteren
Repetiteur Caroline Blair
Soprano Poppy Shotts
Soprano Kimberley Raw
Mezzo Joanna Gamble
Tenor Alex Grainger
Baritone Edward Robinson
Bass-baritone Neil Balfour