Caruso and the Quake

“… It is hard for the great Caruso to accept that after a natural disaster, he is no more important than the next man. This is emphasised when the opera house disintegrates, taking $20,000 of costumes with it.

Accompanied by his Sancho Panza, an English valet called Gilbert, he tries to escape but struggles. The play is particularly strong on his humanity and the power of his voice in every sense. When a little child has lost its mother, he reunites them by singing and gathering a crowd.

Finally, with the help of a signed photo from President Theodore Roosevelt, the chance of moving on appears, but even then must be viewed in the light of a greater tragedy in a city where corrupt politicians have denuded the emergency services of the wherewithal to react when fires begin to take over.

The play is particularly strong on his humanity and the power of his voice in every sense…Ignacio Jarquin is a good, sympathetic actor and, as a bonus, proves capable of singing…”

Philip Fisher – British Theatre Guide

“Deeply moving”

Kate Andreson, Executive Director, Nuffield theatre Southampton

“Sold out well in advance of opening”

Stephen Freeman, General Manager, The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

“…Ignacio Jarquin’s compelling re-creation of Italian tenor Enrico Caruso elevates this production to its towering heights.”

What’s on Stage

“…Ignacio Jarquin captures the essence of Caruso’s character magnificently and his opera singing enhances the profound sense of emotion that his acting exudes.

Three Weeks

“…Ignacio Jarquin gives a delightful performance.”

One 4  Review

“…Opera singing that has a pure, fresh quality.”

The Scotsman

“…This monologue is more than a standard ‘and then I sang’ autobiography, and more of an actual play, with a character we can come to respect and feel for.”

The Stage


British Theatre Guide


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