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Catiline Conspiracy 1978Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera's fourth season at the Theatre Royal (1978-79) opened with Simon Boccanegra, and continued with Jenůfa, Catiline Conspiracy then an unusual triple-bill of Savitri, Fanny Robin and Dido and Aeneas. Next came Seraglio, Rosenkavalier, Hansel and Gretel, Fledermaus, Midsummer Night's Dream, Bohème, Kátya Kabanová and Rigoletto. In June there followed the company's first staging of a musical, Fiddler on the Roof. Many of these works were also toured.

Of the four new operas premiered between 1974 and 1977, Catiline was the only one to be given a second run. This was an excellent revival at the Theatre Royal of Iain Hamilton’s thoroughly stageworthy historical drama, with many of the original starry line-up of singers returning. Even the newcomers included Donald Maxwell and Marie Slorach in small roles. John Robertson, Cethegus in the first run, stepped up to succeed Alexander Young in an excellent performance as Cicero. Claire Livingstone was also impressive as Aurelia. Although Gerwyn Morgan inevitably could not dominate the stage as the very tall Richard Angas had done, he still made a useful contribution. Roderick Brydon took over the conducting duties with outstanding results.

Performance Cast

Ghost of Sulla

Donald Maxwell

Fulvia a courtesan

Catherine Wilson

Sempronia a wealthy patrician

Johanna Peters

Caesar a senator

Thomas Hemsley

Crassus Consul

William McCue

Catiline a senator

Donald Bell

Galla Fulvia's maid

Marie Slorach

Aurelia Catiline's wife

Claire Livingstone

Lentulus conspirator and senator

Donald Maxwell

Quintus conspirator and senator

Brian Burrows

Lecca conspirator and senator

Norman White

Longinus conspirator and senator

Richard Robson

Cethegus conspirator and senator

Geoffrey Pogson

Cato a senator

Gerwyn Morgan

Cicero Consul

John Robertson

Performance DatesCatiline Conspiracy 1978

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

1 Nov, 19.15 4 Nov, 19.15 7 Nov, 19.15 9 Nov, 19.15

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