In 2006, I won a composition contest with Edward Greaves (libretist) and my old friend Augustin d'Assignies (composer pianist). We wrote a one-hour opera, "Tres Para Una", based on Victor Hugo's Hernani. I had a lot of fun integrating many different styles of writing - from Renaissance to Twelve-tone through cheese jazz, fake Mozart and flamenco... The overall tone was semi-parodic. It was played live at the Opéra de Tours. [see comments for detailed composing credits]
Around the same time, I was studying classical "Ecriture" (Writing) and orchestration at the CNSM in Paris.