The Imperfect Pearl


The Imperfect Pearl is a music-drama celebrating the extraordinary life and music of one of the baroque era’s most overlooked and under-rated composers, Domenico Zipoli. The Baroque Brothers Grimm-style fairytale is an innovative project, which follows the journey of the seventeenth century composer from Rome to the rainforests of South America. The Imperfect Pearl or “Perola Barroca” (the derivation of the term baroque) describes the dissonances of Zipoli’s life and the Baroque music that drove him.

“Phenomenal British pianist” (Guardian) Mark Latimer, executive producer Heulwen Phillips and director Emma Rivlin have created a “sumptuous and romantic” (The Independent) work in a wildly imaginative clash of culture, music and theatre. The Imperfect Pearl toured the UK from May through to June 2015, visiting rustic barns, country festivals and other unique performance spaces.


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