The Best of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Phantom of the Opera

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash-hit: The Phantom of the Opera has returned to Melbourne in a spectacular new production!

Presented by Opera Australia and The Really Useful Group in association with Cameron Mackintosh, The Phantom of the Opera has arrived after a record-breaking season at the Sydney Opera House on the back a 7-year tour of the United States, following its sell-out tour of the UK.

For fans of the show, who might have seen the original production which debuted in London in 1986, you can expect a few surprises. Australia is now the third country to see this new imagining of PHANTOM, with brand new staging and scenic design as well as a new realisation of the show’s iconic chandelier. Maria Björnson’s stunning original costume designs have remained the same and the thrilling score including the titular song,The Music of the Night, All I Ask of You and Masquerade are as brilliant as ever.

This production includes a 37 strong cast and 27-piece orchestra, making it one of the largest musical productions ever in Australia and really capturing the epic scale one would expect from seeing PHANTOM. The incredibly talented Australian cast is led by Josh Piterman in the coveted lead role of the Phantom. Josh brings a real tenderness to the role yet is incredibly haunting with an amazing vocal performance. Amy Manford takes on the role of the ingénue Christine Daaé, a role incredibly challenging to sing and yet, Amy makes it seem so effortless. The lead trio is rounded out by Blake Bowden who plays Raoul Vicomte de Chagny. Blake’s performance is equally as strong, and audiences are treated to some enchanting 3-part harmonies in the course of the show.

If you have never seen The Phantom of the Opera before then you are truly missing out. The show has it all: opera, ballet, exquisite costumes, elaborate sets, as well as an incredible array of special effects and of course, one of the greatest musical scores of all time.

The Phantom of the Opera will play at State Theatre Arts Centre Melbourne until February 5, so make sure you book now before it is gone!

 

The Details

  • Where: State Theatre Arts Centre Melbourne
  • Tickets and more information: opera.org.au
  • Written by: Michael Kent
  • Photography: Daniel Boud