The new show is a one man opera based on the Madam Butterfly myth. It brings together Japanese art forms like Noh dance and mask work, shadow theatre and Kabuki dance with western Opera to tell the story of Butterfly’s son who is on the search for his father. Winner of the CASA 2012 Latin-American Theatre Festival’s Scratch Night. Presented at the Tête-à-Tête, Opera Festival in London and premièred at the Marlborough Theatre in Brighton in 2014, Madam Butterfly Returns will have a three weeks run at the Landor Theatre in Nov 2015. Created with the support of the Arts Council England.
“…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 thelatest.co.uk
“…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
“…Brighton-based, 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 heart rending…” Leo GARIB Camden Review
“…Mme Butterfly: The One Man Opera was amazing… a good tale excellently told. A lot of work went into 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
The creative team: Libretto/play – Andrew G Marshall / Music – Michael Finnissy / Director and performer – Ignacio Jarquin / Associate Director – Anne-Helena McLean / Choreography – Akiko Ono / Set/Costume/Calligraphy – Satoshi Dáte / Miniature – Philip Sugg & Amanda Stevenson / Lighting Design – Martin Chick