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The Phantom of the Opera 

by Noelle Bezerra

 

I'm Noelle, I'm eleven years old and I love reading. I have read the most varied types of books, in particular, I love books of romance, terror, drama, magic and mythologies. Among the most special is The Phantom of the Opera, a French literary classic that involves drama, horror and romance. In the pages of this book, I was able to live the character Christine Daaé, in her terrible adventures, one of the scenes that touched me most in a mixture of fear and horror, when, she finished singing the duet of Othello in the underground of the opera, Christine rips off Erik's mask, and he starts screaming furiously, I lost my breath at that moment and just wanted her to run, but she was static, even though he warned her several times that as long as she was there she was no danger until she touched his mask, but Christine's curiosity was the cause of all her misfortunes.

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Cinema, theatre and music

The Phantom of the opera has been  transposed to the stages  innumerable times and to the cinema screens, when it was a resounding success, mainly among the great public. The first version, from 1925 lasts 93 minutes and is a silent black and white film, with excerpts in two-color Technicolor,  made by Universal studios, with Lon Chaney as the Ghost. Other equally popular versions followed, including 1943, directed by Arthur Lubin, with Claude Rains in the title role. In 1962, the English studio Hammer produced his version, in an adaptation with a more human and tragic focus on the character. Also noteworthy is the 1974 rock opera version, directed by Brian De Palma and starring Paul Williams, entitled as Phantom of the Paradise, among many others. In 2004, it was again staged for the cinema, an adaptation of the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber directed by the renowned director Joel Schumacher, with Gerard Butler in the shoes of the ghost, Emmy Rossum as Christine and Patrick Wilson Raoul, closing the love triangle. The Phantom of the Opera was nominated for an Oscar in three categories. The film cost 96 million dollars, being the most expensive independent film ever made. Once ready, Universal purchased the copyright for this version. The 96,000,000 came out of Lloyd Webber's own pocket. In 2011, it was released in theaters for a limited time and later on DVD The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall, commemorating the 25th anniversary of Webber's musical. It starred Ramin Karimloo as Ghost and Sierra Boggess with Christine.

 

Characters

Cast of movie

Erik, a deformed man and genius who lives in the dungeons of Paris Opera.

Christine Daaé, a soprano maiden who had seen the Phantom of the Opera obsession.

Raoul the Viscount of Chagny, a noble sailor in love with Christine. The Persian, friend of Erik.

Phillipe, Count de Chagny, Raoul's older brother, sponsor of the Opera.

Armand Moncharmin and Firmin Richard, the two directors of the Opera.

Madame Giry, box manager. Meg Giry, daughter of Madame Giry and ballerina. Joseph Buquet, the stage manager.

La Carlotta, Prima Donna and soprano leader of the Paris Opera.

Mercier: The opera house's stage coordinator.

Gabriel: The superstitious choir master. Mifroid: The police commissioner who works on Christine's disappearance. Remy: The managers' secretary.

The Inspector: An inspector hired to investigate strange events concerning Box Five.

Shah and the Sultan: The two kings who tried to kill Erik after he built his palace.

La Sorelli: The leading dancer Count de Chagny has a case with.

Jammes: A ballerina from the opera house.

Madame Valérius: Christine's elderly guardian.

Reyer: The manager of the Paris Opera.

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Curiosities

Did the phantom of the opera really exist?

The Ghost may actually have existed. Gaston Leroux gathered evidence for the creation of his book. He is also mentioned in the book "Memoirs of a Director" (written by one of the former directors of the Opera) as a man who sent notes and created disasters. According to some, one of the employees who worked as an architect in the construction of the Opera House asked if he could live in the basement of the building and when his figure was seen, everyone joked about calling him a ghost. Christine Daeé really claimed to receive visits from the Angel of Music and she really disappeared mysteriously at the opera Faust while singing "Pure angels! Radiant angels! Take my soul into the heavens!" A skeleton was found in 1927 underground and is still on display at the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris. "If the reader visits the Opera and asks to walk there at will, without guides, go to box number five and hit the column that separates it from the box of the proscenium. You will see that the sound of the column is hollow. (. ..) ".

The Book

Author Gaston Leroux

The Phantom of the Opera is a French Gothic fiction novel, written by Gaston Leroux. It was first published as a serialization in Le Gaulois from September 23, 1909 to January 8, 1910 and in volume form, in April 1910 by Pierre Lafitte. 

Date of first publication: September 23, 1909

Author: Gaston Leroux

Original language: French language Adaptations: The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

 MORE Genres: Romance, Love Romance, Gothic Fiction, Mystery, Horror

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The Phantom of the Opera

Opera singer Christine Daaé triumphs on the retirement gala night of former Paris Opera managers. Her old childhood friend, Raoul, hears her sing and remembers her love for Christine. At this time, there are rumors that the Opera is haunted by a ghost and this is known to managers through letters and evil acts. Sometime after the gala, the Paris Opera performed Faust, with prima donna Carlotta playing the lead role, against the will of the Phantom. During the performance, Carlotta loses his voice and the big chandelier falls on the audience. Christine is kidnapped by the ghost and taken to her home at the bottom of the Opera, where he identifies himself as Erik. He intends to use it for a few days, hoping she will love him. But she makes Erik change his plans when he unmasks, to their horror, seeing his face without a nose, without lips, sunken eyes that resemble a skull dried in the centuries, covered with yellow dead flesh. When she leaves the item, Erik decides to use it forever, but when Christine asks to release it after two weeks, he agrees to the condition since she wears her ring and stays true to it. On the roof of the opera house, Christine tells Raoul that Erik has kidnapped her. Raoul promises to take Christine where Erik can never find her. Raoul tells Christine that they must flee the next day, which Christine agrees with. She, however, has pity on Erik and decides not to leave, until she sings a song for him one last time; what Raoul doesn't agree with. They are not aware of Erik listening to the conversation and full of jealousy and anger.

 

The following night, Erik kidnaps Christine during a Faust production and tries to force her to marry him. Erik says that if she refuses, he will use explosives (which he planted in the cellars) to destroy the entire opera house. Christine refuses, until she realizes that Erik learned of Raoul's attempt to rescue her and has imprisoned him in a hot torture chamber (along with Persian, an old acquaintance of Erik, who was helping Raoul). To save them and the people above at the Opera, Christine agrees to marry Erik. Erik initially tries to drown Raoul and the Persian, using the water that would have been used to extinguish the explosives. But Christine asks and offers to be his "living bride", promising him not to kill himself after becoming his bride, as he had been thinking about doing since the beginning of the romance. Erik finally frees Raoul and the Persian from his torture chamber. When Erik is alone with Christine, she lifts the mask to kiss him on the forehead. Erik reveals that he never received a kiss (not even from his own mother), nor was he allowed to give one and is overcome with emotion. He and Christine cry together and their tears "mix". Erik later expresses that he never felt so close to another human being. Erik allows Persian and Raoul to take Christine, not without first making her promise that she will visit him on his day of death and return the gold ring he gave her. He also makes Persian promise that afterwards he will go to the newspaper to report his death, because he will soon die "in love". In fact, some time later, Christine returns to Erik's lair, to bury him somewhere where he will never be found (at Erik's request) with the gold ring. Then, a local newspaper receives a simple note: "Erik is dead".

 
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"Only music and love are immortal"...

Gaston Leroux

 
 

The Phantom Of The Opera

Andrew Lloyd Webber

CHRISTINE 

In sleep, he sang to me, in dreams
he came . . .that voice, which calls to me
and speaks, my name . . .And do
I dream again? For now
I find the Phantom of the Opera is there -
inside my mind . . .


PHANTOM

Sing once, again with me
our strange My power
over you grows stronger
yet . . . And though
you turn from me, to glance
behind, the Phantom of the Opera
is there - inside your mind . . .

CHRISTINE

Those who have seen your face
draw back in fear . . .
I am the mask you wear . . .

PHANTOM

It's me they hear . . .

BOTH

Your/my spirit and your/my voice,
in one combined:
the Phantom of the Opera is there
inside your/my mind . . .


OFF STAGE VOICES

He's there, the Phantom of the Opera . . .
Beware the Phantom of the Opera . . .

PHANTOM

In all your fantasies,
you always knew
that man and mystery . . .

CHRISTINE

. . . were both in you . . .

BOTH

And in this labyrinth,
where night is blind,
the Phantom of the Opera
is there/here inside your/my mind . . .
Sing, my Angel of Music!

CHRISTINE

He's there, the Phantom of the Opera . . .
(She begins to vocalize strangely, her song becoming more and more extravagant

 
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Classic

The Phantom of the Opera is a classic you need to see!

 

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