Composers and their stage works 



Henrik Ibsen - written. 1849, rev. 1875, prod. 1881.

Blank-verse historical drama in three acts.

The play sympathetically depicts Catiline, that much maligned figure of Roman antiquity, concentrating on his inner torments. Bitter and vengeful, rejected by his country and incited by a fallen vestal virgin, Furia, who seeks his destruction, Catiline leads an ill-fated band of malcontents in an abortive rebellion against the corrupt and authoritarian Roman Senate. Betrayed and in disgrace, Catiline goes to his death together with his faithful and adoring wife Aurelia.