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The Music


Author profile: Christine Daae
A Phantom of the Opera fan who legally changed her name to Christine Daae.

She ran an international Phantom of the Opera fan club and published a Phantom fanzine, and put up the second ever Phantom of the Opera site on the web. She saw the show 83 times with 18 different Phantoms, in 4 countries.

The Phantom of the Opera, Original London Cast Recording, by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber

The classic Phantom recording, the original cast with Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman and Steve Barton. Opinions on it vary amongst fans - for most of us it was our first introduction to the show, and people tend to either love Michael Crawford's Phantom for the rest of their lives, or see a stage Phantom they prefer and become less impressed with the OLC. Whether you love it or are indifferent, it's interesting for the differences and lyric changes which have occurred as the show has grown. Available as a 2 CD set, or as a 1 disc Highlights.

  • USA - Original London Cast recording (2 disc)
  • UK - Original London Cast recording (2 disc)
  • UK - The Phantom of the Opera OLC (Highlights)
  • USA - The Phantom of the Opera OLC (Highlights)
  • The Phantom of the Opera Movie Soundtrack, by Andrew Lloyd Webber Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber

    This, of course, is the soundtrack of the 2004 movie starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum. Opinions vary widely. Some fans love it. Probably more think it's okay but not as good as it should have been. And some think it's terrible. For myself, I can only pound my desk in fury that a professional recording exists of a Phantom who very obviously isn't a singer, when there have been so many outstanding but unrecorded Phantoms (Peter Karrie, Franc D'Ambrosio, Davis Gaines, Anthony Warlow, need I go on...?). Butler actually does very well considering his lack of training, and certainly puts a great deal of deeply felt emotion into his performance, but anyone who remembers that the Phantom is supposed to have a hypnotically beautiful and unique voice will be disappointed by all the areas where his voice just isn't technically good enough. And frankly I don't care about the rest of the darn cast when the Phantom ain't what Erik should be - Patrick Wilson makes an excellent Raoul, but Emmy Rossum simply doesn't have the training necessary to sustain the role of Christine.

  • UK - Phantom of the Opera Movie Soundtrack (2 disc)
  • USA - Phantom of the Opera Movie Soundtrack (2 disc)
  • UK - Phantom of the Opera Movie Soundtrack (Highlights)
  • USA - Phantom of the Opera Movie Soundtrack (Highlights)
  • The Phantom of the Opera - Other Cast Recordings

    There have been a number of albums of international Phantom casts, the Dutch (Henk Poort) and second (of three) Japanese recordings (with Yuichiro Yamaguchi) generally being regarded as the best of all of them by fans. However, the CDs currently most widely available are the Canadian cast recording highlights, with Colm Wilkinson and Rebecca Caine, and the German highlights with Peter Hofmann and Anna Maria Kaufmann. Tastes vary - it's worth getting all of them if you're a fan just to compare and contrast, and it certainly doesn't matter if you don't know the languages on international recordings when you know the show already.

    Colm Wilkinson is a very different Phantom to Michael Crawford. Some fans like his approach for introducing a rougher, more dangerous edge to the character; others find him far too harsh, both in characterization and singing. I find that too little of the Phantom's sensuality and beauty come over in this recording, and it's too shouty. I do like Rebecca Caine as Christine, though. Peter Hofmann is one of the most famous german dramatic tenors living, yet in spite of having an operatically beautiful voice he doesn't seem to put the power or passion into the role that one would hope for.

    Also available from Amazon are the the Austrian 2 disc set with Alexander Goebel and Luzia Nistler (on the UK site), and the third Japanese recording (highlights) with Kiyotaka Imai and Rumi Iryo (on Amazon US). Goebel has a unique voice and a good range of states of emotion, from childlike to commanding. Kiyotaka Imai isn't as good as Yuichiro Yamaguchi, but I like Rumi Iryo's Christine.

  • UK - The Phantom of the Opera, Canadian Cast Highlights
  • USA - The Phantom of the Opera, Canadian Cast Highlights
  • UK - The Phantom of the Opera, German Cast Highlights
  • USA - The Phantom of the Opera, German Cast Highlights
  • UK - The Phantom of the Opera, Vienna (2 disc)
  • USA - The Phantom of the Opera, 3rd Japanese Highlights
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