The gentle composer with fire in his soul

Macmillan_James.pngJames MacMillan writes music about revolution and resurrection. Our correspondent talked to him about his new opera
Richard Morrison [Times Online, 18 September 2007]
Like it or loathe it, few will be bored by James MacMillanís new opera, The Sacrifice. ìItís set in the future, in a country that could be Britain,î he says. ìOrder has collapsed. Thereís been a civil war or such like. The two main characters are on opposing sides. One is a general, the other a paramilitary.î