ENNIO MORRICONE RECORD-BREAKING WORLD TOUR OPENS IN AMSTERDAM
World-famous Italian film-composer Ennio Morricone opened his biggest ever-global tour yesterday (Sunday 1 Feb), performing at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam to a sold-out house of 12,500 people, a full standing ovation and multiple encores.
The Amsterdam concert marked the beginning of the Maestro’s rescheduled tour, which follows nearly a year of recovery from a spinal injury and will stop in 20 major European cities including Dublin at 3Arena this Saturday 07 February.
The most prolific composer in the history of film music, Morricone conducted repertoire from the greatest works of his career, spanning more than 50 years, performing with the full 86-strong Czech National Symphony Orchestra, the 76 singers from the polyphonic Kodaly Choir of Debrecen, Hungary and with his long time Italian soloists including soprano Susanna Rigacci and, on some European dates, longtime friend collaborator, the Portuguese singer and musician Dulce Pontes.
Ennio Morricone has composed over 500 scores for cinema and television as well as absolute music and is the only film-composer ever in history to have received the honorary Academy Award for his lifetime achievement. Well known highlights include his scores for Once Upon a Time in the West, One Upon a time in America, A Fistful of Dollars, The Untouchables, The Mission, Cinema Paradiso, The Best Offer, etc. Morricone’s score for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly holds a number two position in the Top 200 ranking of best film soundtracks ever composed.
Morricone, still basking in the glow of the overwhelming audience response, says:
“I feel energized. It is so rewarding to be in front of such a large and generous audience. Being surrounded by so many friends. It is a celebration! I could never have wished for a better start of my tour and I much look forward to being reunited with my fans in the rest of the cities"
Tickets for 3Arena on Saturday 07 February cost €86 / €106 / €131 / €156 including booking fee via Ticketmaster.ie and all Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.
Sat 7th February 2015