Accademia di Santa Cecilia

July 16, 2013 / Local Interest

It’s easy to only think of paintings and sculpture when taking in art in Rome. But how about music?

Overwhelmed from looking at great art all day? Head over to the Accademia Naizonale di Santa Cecilia, sit back, relax and treat your ears instead. Founded in 1585 by Pope Sixtus V you’ll be attending a concert by an academy that has been active continuously since the Renaissance.

accademiasantacecilia1Its academic residents read as the who’s who of symphony music . . the 19th century alone saw Donizetti, Mayr, Rossini, Paganini, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, and Meyerbeer to name just a few. Not ones to rest on any laurels, the Accademia’s 20th century conductors have included chaps like Mahler, Debussy, Strauss, Stravinsky, Toscanini, Furtw√§ngler and Karajan.

We’re a bit late to catch a concert at its original seat in Santa Maria ai Martiri, aka the Pantheon (now that’s a venue!), but its new location in the new Renzo Piano designed, acoustically flawless Auditorium/Parco della Musica just a couple kilometers north of Piazza del Popolo will more than do in a pinch.

Rome’s Symphony Music Academy since 1585.





by GB Bernardini

Editor, Italian Notebook

2 Responses to “Accademia di Santa Cecilia”

  1. Giuseppe Spano
    Giuseppe Spano

    I will be there on the 27th, I will make every effort to arrive a day or two earlier, so that I may attend a concert. thank you for the link to the schedule.

  2. Anne Robichaud glad you wrote this piece, mentioning too the Auditorium which should be seen by anyone visiting Roma, vero?
    Last Saturday, we saw/heard the Accademia di Santa Cecilia join genius jazz pianist Stefano Bollani wow the crowds with a concert – – Gershwin, Ravel – at Umbria Jazz, Perugia
    A tidbit on Youtube:


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