Clemency – in collaboration with composer James MacMillan – was premiered at the Royal Opera House in London in May 2011. Co-commissioned by the Royal Opera House, Britten Sinfonia, Scottish Opera and Boston Lyric Opera, it sold out its first run at the ROH.

The first production was directed by Katie Mitchell, and designed by Alex Eales. The conductor was Clark Rundell.

Reviews of Clemency

“Equally powerful in narrative and in musical terms, this work seems to have hit the ground running.”

Edward Bhesania, The Stage

“A terrifically intense, focused and inspired musical work.”


Jessica Duchen, The Independent

“Subtly haunting and quietly powerful, it is a parable of God’s will in the world. This is an opera which leaves a lasting effect, and I want to hear it again soon.”

Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph