La Dolce Vita

Dolce Vita

Director & Arrangements: Giuliano Di Giuseppe

Cello: Pierluigi Ruggiero


La Dolce Vita is a 1962 Oscar award winning film directed by Federico Fellini. It is certainly one of the most well-known films in cinema history. Over time the expression ‘La Dolce Vita’ has encapsulted worldwide the notion of the celebration of Italian lifestyle. Italy is universally known for its cuisine and wine, immense artistic heritage, regional cultural traditions from opera to fashion and design, and definetely for its film.

The simphonic project Dolce Vita wants to take this Italian essence and combine it with the most famous movie soundtracks originating from an Italian. Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota, Nicola Piovani and Luis Bacalov (a naturalised Italian) are examples of composers who wrote music for film’s immortal masterpieces.

The program, organized in the arrangements by Giuliano Di Giuseppe, is brought to life by a symphony orchestra and three soloists: voice, cello and piano. It is a musical journey through the soundtracks of films such as For a Few Dollars More, Once Upon a Time in America, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Mission, Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, Once Upon a Time in the West, A Fistful of Dynamite, The Legend of 1900, I Vitelloni, La Strada, La Dolce Vita, The Leopard, 8 ½, Amarcord, The Godfather, Il Postino: The Postman and Life is Beautiful .

It is also a magical journey through the diverse souls of those composers who from the 1950’s to the present day, travelled the beautiful country of Italy and took it to the world for it to be known. The musical notes of Dolce Vita will elicit memories, emotions, history and the life lived by different generations revived through the audience. Dolce Vita is a never-before-seen show, full of passion.


  • Ennio Morricone: Overture (suite from the film “The Legend of 1900” by Giuseppe Tornatore) – Orchestra
  • Riz Ortolani: Fratello Sole, Sorella Luna (from the film “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” Franco Zeffirelli) – Soprano, Orchestra
  • Nicola Piovani: Buongiorno Principessa, La Notte di Favola and La Vita è Bella (from the film “Life is Beautiful” by Roberto Benigni) – Soprano – Orchestra
  • Ernesto De Curtis: Non ti scordar di me – Soprano, Orchestra
  • Luis Bacalov: In Bicicletta, I suoni dell’Isola and Il Postino (from the film “Il Postino: The Postman” by Michael Radford) – Orchestra
  • Riz Ortolani & Nino Oliviero: More (from the film “Mondo Cane” by Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco E. Prosperi) – Orchestra
  • Ennio Morricone: Western Portrait (suite from the films “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”, “Once Upon a Time in The West” e “Once Upon a Time in America” by Sergio Leone) – Soprano, Cello, Orchestra
  • Nino Rota: Fellini Portrait (suite from “La Strada”, “Amarcord”, and “Prova d’Orchestra” by Federico Fellini) – Orchestra
  • Nino Rota: Leopard’s Dance (from the film “The Leopard” by Luchino Visconti) – Cello, Orchestra
  • Nino Rota: Suite sinfonica Il Gattopardo (suite from the film “The Leopard” by Luchino Visconti) – Orchestra
  • Ennio Morricone: Commiato (from the love theme of the film “The Legend of 1900” by Giuseppe Tornatore) – Orchestra