These are short clips, taken from our recent production of Daphnis and Chloe by Offenbach. We performed in the Fitzwilliam College Auditorium on 27, 28 and 29 January, featuring two casts in the major roles.
Two videos of the complete opera are available here.
Daphnis and Chloe
Chloe and Daphnis meet on Grantchester Meadows. Daphnis is much too shy to respond to Chloe’s flirtatious advances. Chloe has heard an unusual echo, which she thinks may have been Daphnis playing tricks on her. Daphnis is sung by Persephone Bell and Chloe by Agatha Pethers.
Daphnis and the Isadorables
Daphnis has been trapped by the Cambridge Isadorables, followers of Isadora Duncan who have met on the Meadows to rehearse (and find Daphnis!) They won’t let him go unless he sings to them. Daphnis agrees, channelling his inner Caruso, in order to get back to Chloe. Daphnis is sung by Benjamin Ball and Calisto by Alex Elford.
Chloe and Pan
Chloe finds herself alone with Pan, who has been masquerading as a statue. She begs him to teach her how to kiss, so that she can attract Daphnis more effectively. Pan obliges readily, with his own agenda – he has had his eye on Chloe for the whole opera. Chloe is sung by Claudia Comyn and Pan by Thomas Ibbs