Since 1961 the prolific Italian composer and conductor Ennio Morricone has worked on more than 500 film scores and is still going strong. (He recently popped up in Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and again in Django Unchained by the same director – although he now swears he will never work with Tarantino again). He is on the podium this summer for a concert performed by the Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera in a programme dedicated to his own music. Aged 85, Morricone’s vigour is astounding as he continues to tour the world leading top class orchestras not only in his popular film repertoire, but also in his remarkable contemporary music compositions. Despite universal acclaim for his film work – Morricone has received five Oscar nominations – he has never won an Oscar for Best Musical Score although in 2007 he was given an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement. Caracalla is surely the venue for a crowd-pleasing evening, and although the concert programme has not been released, one can expect a selection from Morricone’s late 1960s film scores, then moving into his later, more romantic style, culminating in the beautiful theme tune from The Mission. Terme di Caracalla, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, tel. 064817003, www.operaroma.it.
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