Press quotes

“…Madam Butterfly Returns is sheer class…Ignacio Jarquin’s performance is phenomenal…” Claire RODERICK Fairy Powered Productions 

” …Jarquin is a fantastic singer and dancer…using traditional Japanese Noh and Kabuki techniques, every gesture, each drape and line of his costume and every glance are placed carefully and have meaning. His mask work is hypnotic” Claire RODERICK Fairy Powered Productions

“…This production is a treat for both Butterfly fans and those new to the opera. A deliciously satisfying piece of theatre” Claire RODERICK Fairy Powered Productions

“…all the characters in this elegant new music-theatre production…are played with abundant ease and expertise by Ignacio Jarquin” Dorothy Max PRIOR Total Theatre Magazine

“And the music!… Ignacio Jarquin sings beautifully accompanied by a live quartet who deliver the complex score with skill and sensitivity” Dorothy Max PRIOR Total Theatre Magazine

“A really engaging and beautifully performed piece of contemporary music theatre” Dorothy Max PRIOR Total Theatre Magazine

Ignacio Jarquin as Tomisaburo in Mme Butterfly – The One Man Opera

“Ignacio Jarquin gives a bravura and heart-rending performance…” Timothy RAMSDEN Reviews Gate

“Jarquin rises to the challenges of the score brilliantly and conjures up the other players … with skill” Timothy RAMSDEN Reviews Gate

“Music was superbly played by a four-piece ensemble” Manuel MUÑOZ  A Younger Theatre

“…A work of genius…His fantastic ability to hold your attention with a meticulously crafted performance is enhanced by clever use of props, and expert lighting effects…” Martin BARON

“…With the use of masks, performance, physicality, and singing, with an eastern touch, Madame Butterfly, The One Man Opera is so unlike anything you will ever see at the theatre…” Tim BAROS Latino Life


“… Mexican-born Jarquin, an exceptionally versatile actor, uses all of his guile to pull off a perfectly rounded piece of theatre: his well-trained singing voice lights up the several short arias; the recitativo is delivered with studied attention to Japanese traditions – which Puccini would have admired; his portrayal of the devoted Tomisaburo is heartrending…” Leo GARIB Camden Review

“…Mme Butterfly: The One Man Opera was amazing… a good tale excellently told. A lot of work went in to all aspects of the production, and it showed…” Ham Life

“…The dialogue was imaginative, and having one man speaking and singing all the roles cleverly portrayed the schizophrenia of Tomisaburo’s identity. It was an admirable performance…” Fringe Opera

“…Fascinating…The one actor was Ignacio Jarquin who was really quite remarkable.  With just a raised eyebrow or the movement of his body he was able to take on the roles of his mother, his grandfather, his American landlord and his nursemaid. He spoke perfect Japanese at times and sang arias throughout with a very lovely tenor voice.  It was just over an hour long, and he kept our attention throughout the whole time…” Blog from an audience member


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