My opera with Ellen Frankel, SLAYING THE DRAGON, is 90% complete, at least according to the spreadsheet I am keeping on it. Center City Opera has taken great care of us, with a full music reading scheduled for January and a staged, off-book presentation in February. At least for me, operas get easier to complete as they move along. You already know your characters and you are filling in the large mural in the last few spots. The last challenging spot was a bit of "hate rock," something that sounds genuine and completely out of context. Hopefully it will not sound like a composer wrote it.