Hull Urban Opera Collective Orchestra

HUOC will kickstart a vibrant opera scene in Hull with an exciting promenade production of Medea in Hull Minster in October 2017.

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This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by 11:59am 10th August 2017
Why we are seeking funding

HUOC is a group of Hull-based artists who are passionate about opera. We believe that Hull deserves its own unique opera scene which reflects the city’s pragmatism, playfulness and sardonic sense of humour. Our work will appear at unusual venues throughout the city which release the force of each opera. Audiences will be guided through the experience in ways that allow them to directly share in the experiences of the characters.
We are seeking funding for the orchestral component of our first production, Medea by Darius Milhaud. Milhaud’s vast orchestra has been rescored for just 10 players in a new version that captures the power and nuances of the original. We need your help to pay the professional players that will add so much to the experience.

Choose an instrument!

If you have a favourite instrument, let us know what it is and the largest contributor in each category will have their name directly linked to the player in all marketing and publicity materials. We welcome and thank you for all donations, large and small, and who knows, perhaps your bid will be the largest...
Choose from:

French Horn
Violin (2 shots at this)
Double Bass

You will have made a tremendous contribution to the people of Hull’s enjoyment of our first performances and we can’t thank you enough.

Our vision

Hull is a vibrant modern city but it has never had a high-quality resident professional opera company. We believe the time is right to give local people access to the sort of entertainment that is freely available in larger cities such as London, but crucially, an opera scene which emerges from within Hull itself.
Our productions will take place at local venues which people can get to easily. Each venue will be carefully chosen to release the energy of each opera and to place the audience at the centre of it.
Future work will include The Heinrich Schütz Christmas Pub Crawl in December 2017 in which each part of the Christmas Story will be told in a different central Hull pub, as well as a new work by Hull-born composer Tom Armitage based on local folk tales for presentation in 2018.
Prices at our performances will be kept to an affordable £10 and access is open to all.

Our creative team

Our first production will be directed by HUOC’s artistic director Russell Plows and we are delighted to welcome Davide Levi as guest conductor.

Director Russell Plows has more than twenty years experience working in opera and has worked with Welsh National Opera, English Touring Opera and the Wexford Opera Festival in Ireland. He was a founder member of the original Opera Up Close for which he directed The Kaiser of Atlantis, Medea and La Voix Humaine. His work as translator includes Romeo & Juliet for Riverside Opera and his orchestral arrangements include Milhaud’s The Lost Sheep, Medea and Satie’s Three Pieces in the Form of a Pear which will receive its premiere in London next year.

Our Musical Director Davide Levi trained at the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan and has worked with some of the finest orchestras in Italy, Germany and the UK including the Orchestra of Opera North, Orchestra La Verdi, Sconfinarte, Orchestra SpazioMusica and the Jenaer Philharmonie. In 2015 he co-founded the Janus Ensemble, a London based orchestra that brings together talented young musicians from various colleges and universities. In 2016, he conducted Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Rossini's La Cambiale di Matrimonio at the Teatro Mancinelli in Orvieto, Italy. In 2017 he was awarded the Jerwood Performing Arts Micro Bursary to undertake further training in opera coaching. He has worked as assistant conductor on several productions, including Verdi's Rigoletto and Traviata, Puccini's Tosca and Turandot, Donizetti's Elisir d’amore. As a composer, Davide has written music for full and chamber orchestra as well as solo instruments and his music has been performed both in Italy and the UK. Davide is also a keen educator and has led conducting workshops at Opera North.

Design Mentors

As part of our commitment to nurturing local talent, we are offering local designers at the beginning of their careers, opportunities to design for HUOC under the direction of some of the country’s finest practitioners.

Our first stage design mentor is Luis F Carvalho, an internationally renowned opera designer whose work was recently seen at La Scala. Details of his work are at

Our first lighting design mentor is Joshua Pharo, a young designer whose work is seen regularly across London and whose details are at