Phantom Of The Opera
There’s always a sense of excitement and occasion at going to the theatre. It’s not an everyday event and so the experience should be savoured. A bit like a quality piece of chocolate or a fine glass of wine. You should make the time to look around the theatre, take in other audience members, admire the architecture of the building, before sitting back and losing yourself in the magic that is happening on stage. That’s exactly how I felt when I saw the Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End.
Her Majesty’s Theatre was built in 1897 and the current production of Phantom of the Opera has been running continuously since 1986. It is as the name suggests, a majestic building and the perfect host to the unnerving but yet seductive show, famously penned and composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Stilgo and Charles Hart.
I’m sure many of you have seen the show, but for those of you that may be new to the story, it is based on a French novel called Le Fantôme de l'Opéra. The score takes you through the story of obsessional love revolving around a disfigured genius and a beautiful singer called Christine Daae.
What blew me away most was vocal range of the actress playing Christine, Harriet Jones, who quite rightly graduated with a first class degree in classical voice from the Royal College of Music in London. She hit every impossibly-high note impeccably and her voice sounded pitch perfect in the trickiest of songs.
And the songs… Wow the songs. I often hum a few bars from the score whilst I’m at home, because although I’ve never seen the show before this trip, I’m very familiar with the enthralling pieces. The songs were spine-tinglingly good and if you’ve seen the show, you’ll know exactly what I mean. I was drawn into every piece of music that was beautifully orchestrated and felt rapturous at the conclusion of each. It was one of those shows that I didn’t want to end and when it did, I wanted to sit there until it started again.
So if you are like me, and waited years to go and see this masterpiece, don’t wait any longer. You must book tickets immediately, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Perhaps the only disappointment will be, that you wait as long as you did to see this enchanting piece of musical mastery.
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