La Dolce Vita, Great Italian movie Songs
La Dolce Vita is a celebration of the contribution made by the Italian film industry to many of our fondest musical memories. Performed in the glorious surroundings of the Oratorio of San Francesco Saverio – better known as the Oratorio del Caravita – in the ancient heart of Rome, La Dolce Vita will rekindle your love for some of the very best songs to be written for the movies, not just in Italian but in any language.
The programme will include instrumental and sung works by Ennio Morricone who created the soundtrack for Sergio Leone’s unforgettable spaghetti westerns, Nino Rota, the genius behind the title music for Federico Fellini’s iconic La Dolce Vita and Nicola Piovani who won an Oscar for creating the score for Roberto Benigni’s Life Is Beautiful. Songs by Riz Ortolani, from Franco Zeffirelli’s Brother Sun, Sister Moon, and Renato Rascel, from Roy Rowland’s Seven Hills of Rome, also feature in the performance.
A soprano and tenor accompanied by both piano and a string and wind ensemble will interpret the music of these great composers, all masters in writing for the silver screen. Together they encompass a period of Italian cinema whose golden age began in the 1940s and which, in the opinion of many, shows no signs of abating. Coupled with Giancarlo Golzi and Carlo Marrale’s “Vacanze Romane”, originally written for Matia Bazar, and two of the most famous melodies to grace the operatic stage, Vincenzo Bellini’s “Casta Diva” (from Norma) and Giacomo Puccini’s “E lucevan le stelle” (from Tosca), La Dolce Vita really does have something for everyone.
Whether your preference is for high drama or romance, sit back, close your eyes and let La Dolce Vita conjure up pictures in your mind’s eye that form part of all our imaginations.
Clementina Regina: soprano
Emil Alekperov: tenor
String and winds ensemble with piano
- Nino Rota: La dolce vita, from the film La Dolce Vita (instrumental)
- Vincenzo Bellini: Casta Diva, from the opera Norma (soprano)
- Ennio Morricone: C’era una volta il West, from the film Once Upon a Time in the West (soprano)
- Ennio Morricone: Gabriel’s Oboe and Brothers, from the film The Mission (instrumental)
- Giacomo Puccini: E lucevan le stelle, from the opera Tosca (tenor)
- Riz Ortolani: More, from the film Mondo Cane (tenor)
- Nino Rota: Romeo e Giulietta, from the film Romeo and Juliet (instrumental)
- Ennio Morricone: Here's to you, from the film Sacco e Vanzetti (soprano and tenor)
- Ennio Morricone: Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo, from the film The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (instrumental)
- Nino Rota: La Strada, Amarcord, Otto e mezzo (Medley, instrumental)
- Riz Ortolani: Fratello Sole Sorella Luna from the film Brother Sun Sister Moon (tenor)
- Ennio Morricone: C'era una volta in America, from the film Once Upon a Time in America (soprano)
- Ennio Morricone: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, from the film Cinema Paradiso (instrumental)
- Nino Rota: Parla più piano, from the film The Godfather (tenor)
- Ennio Morricone: Giù la testa, from the film Duck, You Sucker! (soprano)
- Nicola Piovani: La vita è bella, from the film Life Is Beautiful (instrumental)
- Matia Bazar: Vacanze Romane (soprano)
- Renato Rascel: Arrivederci Roma, from the film Seven Hills of Rome (soprano and tenor)
*The program can be subject to variation