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How to Build a Billy (chamber opera)

by Paul Smith (2018)

How to Build a Billy


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How to Build a Billy / Paul Smith.

Library shelf no. 782.1/SMI 3 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This chamber opera explores IKEA furniture and requires two opera singers to construct a Billy bookcase while singing. The plot follows two siblings building the bookcase for their mother as they comment on IKEA culture and what buying and building furniture represents to them.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Soprano, mezzo-soprano, percussion (marimba, glockenspiel, three woodblocks, three bells (C, Bb, F), cymbal, and toy piano. Four soft mallets, four hard mallets and two bows are required). An IKEA Billy bookcase is also required for performance.

Duration: 23 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Blush Opera, Kaylie Dunstan at How to Build a Billy (Bondi Pavilion) on 19 Jul 2018


  • In the form/style of: Opera

Performances of this work

19 Jul 2018: at How to Build a Billy (Bondi Pavilion). Featuring Blush Opera, Kaylie Dunstan.

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