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William Billingham


Pianist William Billingham is an Assistant Conductor at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, working with many of the world’s leading opera singers and conductors.

Pianist William Billingham has served as an Assistant Conductor for Lyric Opera of Chicago since 1995. Active as a recital accompanist and chamber musician, Dr. Billingham holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, and University of Southern California, where he studied accompanying with Gwendolyn Koldofsky and Brooks Smith. He started his opera career in Germany, spending five years as a repetitor in the opera houses of Heidelberg and Düsseldorf. He has also been a pianist/coach for the Aspen Music Festival and School, Cleveland Orchestra, Florentine Op-era (Milwaukee, WI), Los Angeles Opera, Midsummer’s Music Festival (Door County, WI), and Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center.