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The world premiere of James MacMillan’s new opera, which draws on the biblical tale of Sarah and Abraham. Read More >

The world premiere of James MacMillan’s new opera Clemency.

Commissioned by ROH2, it comes after the success of MacMillan’s opera Parthenogenesis in 2009 and has been written in collaboration with the same librettist, Michael Symmons Roberts, and continues some of its themes.

Clemency draws on the biblical tale of Sarah and Abraham, who in old age are told that they are to have a new child. This compact interpretation of a familiar story introduces a contemporary twist to create the spiritual intensity and reflection for which MacMillan’s work is so well known.


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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 06/05/2011

Closing Night: 14/05/2011

Running time: 50mins

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Cast & Creative


Janis Kelly, Grant Doyle, Andrew Tortise/Eamonn Mulhall/Adam Green


Director - Katie Mitchell

Producer - An ROH2 co-production with Scottish Opera, Co-Commissioned by Scottish Opera, Britten Sinfonia and Boston Lyric Opera

Designer - Alex Eales

Conductor - Clark Rundell

Lighting Designer - Jon Clark

Movement Director - Joseph Alford

Music By - James MacMillan