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Title: How to Build a Billy
Contributor(s): Smith, Paul  (creator)orcid 
Publication Date: 2018-07-19
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Abstract: This opera responds to the question of how chamber opera can involve aspects of the cabaret aesthetic. The opera is a dark satire of many character and narrative opera tropes and mediates them through the cabaret aesthetic mixed with humour, slight-of-hand, physical comedy and burlesque. The opera has been performed in bars, cabaret venues and small theatres which contribute to its cabaret aesthetic. The show challenges traditional female relationships in opera and centres on the body of a dead man instead of a dead woman as so many canonic operas do.
Publication Type: Original Creative Works - Other
Publisher: Australian Music Centre
Place of Publication: Sydney, Australia
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 190406 Music Composition
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 360302 Music composition and improvisation
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 950101 Music
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 130102 Music
Format: 23 pages, 23 minutes
HERDC Category Description: Z5 Original creative works - Other
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Description: First performance: by Blush Opera, Kaylie Dunstan at How to Build a Billy (Bondi Pavilion) on 19 July 2018
Type of Work: Chamber opera
Appears in Collections:Live Performance Of Creative Works - Music
School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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