Singer, Actor, Vocal Coach, Performer, Workshop Leader and Choir & Orchestra Director
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 and with Anna Helena McLean from Moon Fool/Act. 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 adaptation 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 Nr 15 in C Major KV 317 by W. A. Mozart with choir and orchestra in Haiden, Germany.
Ignacio Jarquin’s next creation is Madam Butterfly Returns an opera monologue in which he tells the story of Tomisaburo, aka Sorrow, the son of the iconic characters from the famous Puccini opera Cho-cho San and B. F. Pinkerton. Story-line: Thirty five year’s after his mother’s suicide,Tomisaburo travels to America in search of his father, a new life and his own identity. Unwittingly he brings along the spirit of his mother. 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. It was part of the 2013 Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival at the Riverside Studios, in Hammersmith London and went on a UK wide tour (Isle of Man, Buxton Opera, Malvern Theatre, amongst others) culminating in a three week run in November 2015 at the Landor Theatre, Clapham North and in May 2016 at the King’s Place, London as part of the Noh Reimagined Festival.
In the Spring of 2015 Ignacio Jarquin became a member of the UK based Theatre Collective M. A. S. (Music Arts Science) whose aim is to devise experimental performance and music through a unique combination of art forms and practices. With this company Ignacio co-created The Passion of Lady Vendredi based on a working process entitled Secular Ecstatic Art in which music-dance-theatre practices rooted in exuberant urban social trends are intermixed with exacting dramatic movement techniques and ritual actions from traditional African syncretic religions, played at the Soho Theatre, London for a three week run in April 2016 and at The Rich Mix in August of the same year.
In May 2016 Ignacio was invited by Collective Arts/Trebigan Productions to participate in The Zig Zag Way, by Anita Dessai on a 25 dates long Tour of Cornwall, UK including, amongst others, the Minack Theatre, the Poly in Falmouth and Truro’s Hall for Cornwall.
Further training with performance maestro Guillermo Gómez Peña and the performeros collective La Pocha Nostra in Mérida, Mexico, workshops with Butoh artist Valentin Tszin, Moscow-Berlin and Body Weather masters Fank Van de Ven, Netherlands and Imre Thormann, Switzerland-France and Vogue Dance with Georgina Philp from the House of Melody, Berlin.
In February 2017 together with MAS productions, Ignacio participates on a festival of abstracted ritualised and embodied arts at The Guest Projects Studio, London in which he creates and presents a workshop in vocal improvisation based on the principles of physical theatre, functional voice training and archetypal psychology.
In May 2017 Ignacio collaborates with Valentin Tszin un Berlin for the presentation of a Butoh inspired performance of The Elephant’s Rave at the Alte Münze, Berlin as part of the Multimedia Exhibition on Hieronymus Bosch’s Visions Alive. In the same year Ignacio’s work as a voice pedagogue takes him to Berlin where he also participates at the Stretch Festival, Berlin with his Vocal Improvisation Workshop: Empowering Voice
In December 2017 with MAS productions, Ignacio presents at the Wellcome Collection in London within the frame of series of performances and talks called Your Reality is Broken a ritual sharing of the complex flavours of Cacao heightened through the symphonic layers of a free vocal composition inspired by the works of 12th century nun Hildegard von Bingen.
Works in progress 2018:
Hildegard Visions: a re-examining of Hildegard’s visionary creativity by operatic, electronic and live artists from the MAS collective
Frida and Diego, supported by the Arts Council England. A devised music theatre piece incorporating the arts of Japanese Shibari rope bondage and butoh and the vogue dance form (originating from queer subcultures of 80’s Harlem). Through an intense and visceral performance combined with an electronic and vocal score, soloist Ignacio Jarquin paints a picture of how the transcendence of physical suffering was at the heart of Frida Kahlo’s creative flowering and eventual global commercialisation. Frida and Diego asks how the giant of Mexican art (her husband Diego Rivera) was left in the twilight while Frida became one of the most loved and iconic artists of today.