I was confounded. I thought this daring opera take on the Michael Cunningham book and the 2002 film starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman would be a tedious rehash. A trilogy of women in different times linked only by Virginia Woolf’s novel, Mrs Dallaway, heading towards, or encountering suicide, only a sing-along this time, did not bode well for an engaging evening. What could the medium of opera add to the deeply troubling film? Plenty, as it turned out.
This week, Lucy Beresford chats to Lord Vaizey about culture and whether the Parthenon Sculptures should be returned to Greece.