The Center for Contemporary Opera staged a festival of five operas, all “created by, led by, or about women.” As I see it, that is a very broad category. Thinking of Puccini alone, I would cite Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, Turandot . . .

One of cco’s operas was Jane Eyre, by Louis Karchin, with a libretto by Diane Osen. Karchin, born in 1951, teaches at New York University. Osen is a writer whose father once sang at New York City Opera. Jane Eyre, as you know, is the 1847 novel by one of the Brontë sisters, Charlotte. This year marks the two hundredth anniversary of her birth.

It was a very good idea, by the way: an opera on