Starting a new project

So, my colleague Jennifer Moxley and I are starting a new chamber opera, based the novel Bid Me to Live by the American poet H.D.

This means that I get to write music that will be sung by the characters of H.D. and D.H. Lawrence, which is not something I thought I would every say in my lifetime. Yes, the main characters are called D.H. and H.D.

So far, at the beginning of this long-term project, and just trying out short solo arias with some of the characters, setting the tone for each person.