I love the music from Phantom of the Opera. I have seen the theatre production three times, the movie twice and read the book twice. Did you know there was a book of this famous production?

Le Fantôme de l’Opéra is a novel written by French writer, Gaston Leroux. The setting of the novel came from the actual Opera House, Palais Garnier, from where the rumours about the phantom emanated. Leroux writing was a result of his fascination that the rumours were true.

This is the plot of the opera [taken from the website of the most recent movie]:

The story of a young chorus girl, Christine – a young talented singer who, with the right training, could become world famous. While rehearsing at the Opera Populaire, where weird and unexplainable things happen, she captures the attention and the heart of The Phantom, or as the Opera Populaire call him…The Opera Ghost. But he is no ghost – he is a disfigured musical genius who has hidden away for years to avoid the cruel stares of strangers. With the Phantoms help, Christine becomes the venue’s leading lady, but tragedy awaits as the young soprano has fallen for the charms of handsome noble Viscount Raoul De Chagny, not realizing her Angel of Music is deeply in love with her. Insane with jealousy and unable to see the object of his affection, and ultimately is obsession, in the arms of another man, The Phantom kidnaps Christine – unaware of the lengths Raoul is prepared to go to get her back.

This is a picture of the phantom from the original 1925 silent movie.

This is the video of the song “Phantom of the night” in the theater production staring Michael Crawford, the first phantom. He performed this role 1 300 times over a 2 1/2 year period starting 1986.

My favourite phantom is South Africa’s own Jonathan Roxmouth. What a voice!

Have you seen Phantom of the Opera? What did you think of it?