Singer, Actor, Vocal Coach, Choir Director and Orchestra Conductor.
Born in Mexico City, Ignacio went to Vienna aged 18 to study music at the Vienna University for Music and Performing Arts and at the Vienna Conservatory where in 1991 he obtained his diploma as Orchestra Conductor with distinction and made his professional début at the Stadttheater in St Pölten, Lower Austria.
He then moved to France 1993 to work at the Atelier d’Art Lyric of the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse de Paris, he later became the musical director of a Paris based independent Opera Company and orchestra bringing the classical choral, orchestral and music chamber repertoire out of the concert hall and into the community culminating with Operissima, an operatic version of A Chorus Line.
Jarquin was head hunted to design and conduct major musical events around the world for France’s first TV channel TF 1. He conducted the Orchestra and Choir of Radio Netherlands, Paris Symphonic Orchestra, Spanish National Symphony Orchestra, Cairo Opera Orchestra and Choir, Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, etc.
After moving to the UK in 2001, Ignacio Jarquin became the Music Director of several choruses, highlights include performances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, appearances at BBC 2’s Last Choir Standing and a Christmas gala at the Barbican Centre with Sandie Shaw.
In 2003 he became a member of Brighton’s Prodigal Theatre Company, further training with Tage Larsen from Odin Teatret in Holstebro, Denmark and with Enrique Pardo from Pan Theatre in Malérargues, France. In 2004 started studying singing with voice Master Carol Baggott-Forte and in 2012 with Rachel Bersier with whom he organises Master Classes in advanced singing technique in Germany and France. In 2006 he made his début as an actor-singer in award-winning production of The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster: Ten Thousand Several Doors.
In 2008 and 2010 he played to four star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival with two one man shows written by Andrew G. Marshall based on Enrico Caruso’s stories: Caruso and the Quake, based on the Great Tenor’s escape from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and Caruso and the Monkey House Trial portraying the infamous trial in which the Divo was accused of pinching ladies’ bottoms in New York’s Central Park Zoo. Both plays went on a nationwide tour of the UK and Ireland since 2009 with over 100 dates. In 2012 he was invited to sing the tenor solo part from the Coronation Mass by W. A. Mozart with choir and orchestra in Haiden, Germany.
Ignacio Jarquin’s most recent creation: Madam Butterfly Returns tells the story of Tomisaburo, the son of Cho-cho San and B. F. Pinkerton, iconic characters from the famous Puccini opera. Thirty five year’s after his mother’s suicide, he travels to America in search of his father, a new life and his own identity. Unwittingly he brings along the spirit of his mothber. Will this unlikely family reunion end in forgiveness or revenge?. Libretto by Andrew G. Marshall; Music by Michael Finnissy; Director and performer: Ignacio Jarquin; Associate Director: Anna Helena McLean; Choreography: Akiko Ono; Set & Costumes: Satoshi Dáte; Lighting Design: Martin Chick. Madam Butterfly Returns was the winner of the CASA Festival Scratch Night Competition 2012, presented at the Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival in London it will have a three week run in November 2015 at the Landor Theatre, Clapham North