Andrew Lloyd Webber: "The Phantom of the Opera"


Classical Academy | On This Day...

25 years after its premiere in London's West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" is the longest running musical in history and Lloyd Webber's biggest success.

 

Based on the novel "Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux, the story of music, theatre and ghosts promises a sure-fire hit. The gothic subject material is matched by dark lyrics and and obsessive, throbbing bassline and relentless rhythms throughout the score. Young soprano Christine, who becomes the object of the Phatom's obsessive desire, breaks through with soaring lyrical passages as she becomes the star of the operatic stage.

 

The opera onstage isn't the only opera heard in the musical. A few years after the musical was produced, the estate of Giacomo Puccini accused Lloyd Webber of plagerising the melody "Music of the Night", from Puccini's "La Fanciulla del West".

 

This recording features the superb voices of Graham Bickley, Claire Moore and John Barrowman alongside the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates.