Rome names concert venue after Ennio Morricone

Rome names concert venue after Ennio Morricone


norman lebrecht

July 20, 2020

The city of Rome has renamed the Auditorium Parco della Musica after the late composer Ennio Morricone.

The building, designed by Renzo Piano in 2002, serves as a base for the orchestra of the Santa Cecilia Academy.



  • Edoardo Saccenti says:

    The Auditorium is the base of the Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, which is not the orchestra of the conservatory

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Bravo Morricone!!!

  • Luke Schneider says:

    I love Ennio Morricone!!!

  • Mary Savini says:

    The Orchestra that is based in the Auditorium is not connected to the Rome Conservatoire but takes its name from the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, founded by Palestrina in 1584.

  • Don Fatale says:

    Maestro Morricone is certainly due tributes, but this building will still be known by me (without much affection) as ‘The Woodlouse’. Its only saving grace is that it’s not blighting the centre of Rome.

  • mauro mariani says:

    Dear Mister Lebrecht,
    I refer to the news of 20 July on the Rome Auditorium. Do you really think that the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Orchestra of the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome are the same? How is it possible that an orchestra that in recent decades has had Markevitch, Schippers, Gatti, Sinopoli, Chung and Pappano as principal conductors and Bernstein and Temirkanov as honorary conductors, who regularly performs at the Musikverein in Vienna, at the Proms and in the main European, Asian and American concert halls and who records for EMI and Warner could be a
    conservatory orchestra?