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Catiline Conspiracy, Thelocked

  • Hugo Cole

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Opera in two acts by Iain Hamilton to his own libretto after Ben Jonson ; Stirling, MacRobert Centre, 16 March 1974.

The action is set between 64 and 62 bc , in the last years of the Roman Republic. Catiline (baritone), failing in his attempt to gain election as consul, plots to seize power. The courtesan Fulvia (soprano) and her lover Quintus (tenor) reveal his plans to Cicero (tenor), who denounces Catiline in the Senate. Caesar (baritone) plays an equivocal part. Fulvia and Quintus are killed by Catiline’s wife Aurelia (soprano) and the patrician Sempronia (mezzo-soprano). Catiline raises a rebellion but is defeated by Cicero, the ‘man of peace’. Dying, he declares that Caesar will triumph where he has failed....

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