A week is a long time in American opera. From Washington National Opera’s Written in Stone and Cosi fan tutti at the Kennedy Center, to Manhattan’s Armory on Park Avenue and Upload. (A Dutch National Opera online version of Upload was reviewed in Reaction back in January).

The real McCoy was unmissable. And the span in variety, from a well-beloved Mozart Cosi to cutting edge Michael van der Aa’s (his parents were determined he come first on the school roster), Upload is proof that opera can address the social questions of the 21st century with as sharp an eye as it did those of the 18th.

Let’s begin by writing in stone.