The Phantom of the Opera

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The Phantom of the Opera is Gaston Leroux’s exquisite blend of Gothic horror and tragic romance, which formed the basis for a world-renowned stage musical. This Penguin Classics edition is translated with notes by Mireille Ribiere, and an introduction by Jann Matlock.

When the new managers of the Paris Opera House ignore their predecessors’ warnings about the hideous ‘Opera ghost’ stalking the theatre, it is a fatal mistake. The Phantom haunts the imagination of the beautiful and talented singer Christine Daaé, appearing to her as the ‘Angel of Music’ – a disembodied voice, coaching her to sing as she never could before. When Christine is courted by a handsome young Viscount, the Phantom is consumed by jealousy and seeks revenge. And when Christine suddenly disappears after a triumphant singing performance, it becomes clear that the Phantom’s time has come.

With its pervading atmosphere of menace, tinged with dark humour, The Phantom of the Opera (1910) has inspired film, stage and literature since its publication, including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, the most successful theatrical show of all time. Mireille Ribière’s highly readable and historically accurate translation captures the drive and drama of Leroux’s vivid tale, and is accompanied by extensive notes and further reading. Jann Matlock’s fascinating new introduction examines the Phantom’s legacy and uncovers the real secrets hidden in the Paris Opera House.

© Gaston Leroux, Mireille Ribière 2009 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

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