Eloise Irving

The Imperfect Pearl – A Baroque Opera

7:30 PM, Friday 19 April, 2013
Birmingham Conservatoire
Paradise Place
B3 3HG


A Baroque Fairy Tale, The Life and Music of Domenico Zipoli

Mark Latimer piano
William Towers actor and countertenor
Eloise Irving actor and soprano
Miles Golding violin
Julia Barker violin
Sophie Gledhill cello

For more than 200 years the life and music of Domenico Zipoli was shrouded in mystery. Mark Latimer brings together performers and fellow musicians in a specially-written story based on the fragments gathered of one man’s journey from Europe to the rainforests of South America in 1717.  The Imperfect Pearl, or perola barroca, describes the dissonances of his life and the baroque music which drove him. The music performed will include works by European and South American baroque composers Domenico Zipoli, Manuel de Sumaya, Andrea Falconieri, Gaspar Fernandes and Juan Garcia De Zespedes, and today’s Guarani Indians of Bolivia.

“beautiful music, beautifully played ***** ” Classic FM
“inspirational **** ” The Guardian
“sumptuous and romantic ****”  The Independent

Conceived by Heulwen Phillips and Mark Latimer
Musical Direction by Mark Latimer
Directed by Emma Rivlin
Libretto by William Towers

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