Hugh Russell began the 2008–2009 season as Dandini in La Cenerentola with Atlanta Opera, was heard as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with Arizona Opera, and made his role debut as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Pacific Opera Victoria and Orchestra London. He continued his success as baritone soloist in Carmina Burana with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin and with Pittsburgh Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, New Mexico Symphony and National Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Russell began the 2007–2008 season singing Carmina Burana with the Toronto Symphony and sang further performances with the Houston Symphony, and The Philadelphia Orchestra at Verizon Hall. He was heard as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with Boston Baroque and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Arizona Opera. He also appeared with Vancouver Opera as Taddeo in L’italiana in Algeri. During the summer, he sang performances of Carmina Burana with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Philadelphia, Saratoga Springs, and Vail and made his debut with The Cleveland Orchestra singing Carmina Burana at The Blossom Festival.