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In 2010 Kultura TV channel presented its TV project called World Famous Opera Theatres consisting of 4 episodes.
Episode 2 is about Grand Opera. 50-minute episode offers outside and inside views, history of the theatre, its legends.
For example, how hives appeared on the roof, or is it true, that in underground lake they breed fishes. And, of course,
we will see la loge 5 and know the story of falling chandelier — Paris Opera can't exist without its Phantom, right? More
about the series you can read here.
One of the most curious inventions of Erik — horrible but beautiful in its perfections — is mirror chamber of tortures.
From which origins Gaston Leroux found his idea? Believe or not, but he was inspired by Palace of Mirage, an unique amusement
show created in 1900 and located in Grevin Museum. You can know more about its history, and study its physics background,
and, of course watch a lot of pictures in the article by Alyona Ivanova.
Today is absolutely special holiday. It is 150th Birthday of Gaston Leroux, writer and
journalist who created many interesting novels, short stories and talented articles. With The Phantom of the
Opera among them. That novel now is his best-known book. We would like to celebrate this date with you.
Let's have a glass of Tokai and look at yet another illustrated book from South Korea. It has its interesting
features described on the special page.
Let's go back in 1980, when visitors was enjoying ballet by Roland Petit with music by Marcel
Landowski. Le Fantôme de l'Opéra is
the one and only (so far) show about the Phantom staged inside so-called Alma Mater of our Erik. Until now we had
just black and white pictures of the show. But recently we had a chance to discover colored pictures of the show
of 22 February 1980. We present them on the special page.
Speaking of our time. We can't avoid a new collection of Gaston Leroux works published by Prestige Book Company.
It is interesting that before 2016 there were published 11 stories and 4 plays by Leroux. And now, after more than a
hundred years, Russian-speaking readers can discover more novels and short stories from the collection of horror
stories which was translated only in English at the moment. You can find the list of translated books
here you can find more information about those books.
Let’s look at the game section. Here we’d like to present one more PC game by
Big Fish Games whose programmers definitely are Phantom fans. Otherwise it is hard to explain the fact that many
games by this company have references and allusions to the Phantom. Danse Macabre: The Last Adagio is not an exception.
It is the first game in Danse Macabre series started in 2014. More information and screenshots are
Congratulations with the first Winter day!
We announce the Phantom Advent Calendar! From today and till Western Christmas we are going to publish news, information, show
old and new materials every day. Let's welcome Winter together!
And we start with updates in section with published fanfics.
We added 5 more blurbs published in 2017. And the special page is for Phantasmagoria: A Fog of Fixation by Felicity
Partington. It’s the first book of dilogy and a prequel to the Phantom of the Opera story. Review and full synopsis are on the
What is the most significant award for a Phantom of the Opera collector? To find and then add a rare and unique item
to the collection. And more, to share it with Phantom fandom fellows, to share that overwhelm-ing joy of knowing something more.
Please welcome — the first, I mean, THE first published translation of the original novel! More, THE first illustrations
EVER made for this story!
El Fantasma de la Ópera, 1910. THE first publication of Spain.
It was published in La Ilustración artística, Barcelona newspaper. Translation is by Francisco
Sarmiento. Art is by Arcadio Mas y Fondevila. Amazingly, the first chapter was published the 1st of
January, 1910, when in France, the original novel was still being published in Le Gaulois! (The last part of the text
was published in France a week after! Jan 8, 1910.)
More information and pictures are on the special page.
This year Easton Press publisher gave us deluxe edition of the novel by Gaston Leroux illustrated by Annie Stegg Gerard,
the winner of several prizes in field of art. The book is natural leather mounted and included into custom-made slipcover. Illustrations are
protected with translucent paper, page faces are gilded. But that’s not all of details! More information is on the
And speaking of books, let’s examine those who writes. As you probably have already known, we always watch out for those
who wrote more than one book which is, of course, the fanfic based on the Phantom of the Opera story. A prolific writer gets his or
her personal page. We’d like to present you today Targhis, a very talented writer, crafter and artist! Her
personal page is here.
After long vacations we are back to work. These past months are full of events. October, 9 was 31st anniversary of Webber’s musical.
Its sequel, Love Never Dies, came to the USA finally — it was premiered in Detroit October, 25. And later it will go on touring.
20 and 21 of October, that’s the unprecedented run of Webber’s musical in Malta. There are sad things we cannot do without.
RIP Robert Guillaume, who died October, 24 after cancer.
He was the first dark-skinned Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
And now we are returning to The Phantom of the Opera movie of 2014. “Returning” means we’ve told you already about it when it
was as a project. Today it is about time to give you more details. It is an amateur movie where the screenwriter, director
and at the same time the leading actor is Anthony Mann from Canada. And it is not even his first horror movie.
As usual, we are giving you the full information about the movie,
synopsis and screenshots and
Today we offer you one more book based on the Phantom of the Opera. It is called Christine by Marie Piper and
it is the first book in Maidens and Monsters series of five books. Each of them is based on one of the famous novels like
Dracula or The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. This book is surprisingly well-written, and this is good news on the
background of the most similar books. More information about the series and full synopsis, as usual, are on the
Yet another time when we look at the Land of the Morning Calm. In South Korea, as you probably can notice, people love the Phantom
of the Opera. Here Webber’s musical was staged several times — both in English and Korean. Here Yeston/Kopit’s musical was staged,
too. Original novel by Gaston Leroux is loved, too. It was published 50+ times! We are collecting illustrated books — 28 so far.
8 of them are manhwa, 20 books are mostly children adaptations. We showed you 11 books so far, and now the 12th one is coming.
As the most of such books, Moon Lee Jae's adaptation is a part of series of the world most famous books. There are
three illustrators in one book, and their result can discourage you. More information and lots of pictures are on the
Couple words about Korean version of Yeston/Kopit musical — again. Today to the
main page of this stage show we added Korean libretto. It is interesting that Korean version has dissimilarity from
the original libretto. Koreans added some new songs, for example, What Will I Do? sung by Phantom. His aria My Mother Bore Me
is divided into two parts sung separately, etc. You can read Korean libretto on the special
July came out of the blue, and so the half of 2017 is gone. We decided to look at our book shelves.
There are not many novelties published so far, but we’ve discovered some more old workings which
till today avoided our careful attention somehow. So we added 35 new annotations (the oldest book we
discovered is dated 1995!). So you can check our pages:
sequels and prequels,
books similar storyline,
children adaptations, and
non-fiction books to get inspired. Some scarred heroes can be found on
We try to do our best to read and retell for you as much books as we can. We choose book to read out of order, so they not
always are good. Today’s books have questionable quality. We leave it for you to decide. The first one is a novelty of 2017
called Phantom of the Oscars by Nick Staniewicz. It was set to be a parody, and some pages are quite funny,
but in general it is not. Full synopsis is on the special page.
And the second book is older, and it is written by Russian authors. It is called “Òàëàíò ìàðèîíåòêè” (Marionette’s talent)
by Carrie Greenberg and Nadya Drake. It brings a good atmosphere of a theatre, its taste and
smell, but the storyline is weak, and characters are unlikable. Review is here.
Four months ago one of our admins visited Seoul and watched Yeston/Kopit Phantom onstage. All these months we were
collecting all available information about Korean version of this musical. Earlier we announced reviews of several
versions, now put on this section.
Today it is about time for the last and the most ambitious review — South Korean Phantom by Yeston and Kopit. We offer:
• general information;
• promo photos;
• offstage views;
• full synopsis and gallery;
• costume design;
• video materials and much more.
We highly recommend you to watch all materials, especially videos, because it is one of the most beautiful musicals about
the Phantom of the Opera. In spectator’s opinion, it outcompetes even Webber’s immortal masterpiece in many ways. You
can agree or disagree, of course.
Yeston/Kopit musical again. Let’s go back to the USA.
We added more pictures to our gallery of American stage
versions as well as some videos.
Phantom in The Broadway Theatre of Pitman (New Jersey) has a personal page though. That’s because this stage version has the
full official video recording. And… there is one more surprise. Staff isn’t going to stop here. This Fall they’re planning…
the sequel! It is written not by Yeston/Kopit, of course, but still. More information is on the
The first summer day, beginning of summer vacations and Children's Day in some countries (including Russia). That is why we
update our site for children today.
What kids like to do? Watch cartoons of course! We tried to find something good, but… that’s all we was able to find.
Get Blake!, France/USA production, season 1, episode 16 called Get Toothy! includes a parody to the
Phantom of the Opera. More information about it, synopsis and screenshots are on the
The second episode is from Futurama, so it’s for more adult audience. In Near-Death Wish episode
there is micro reference to the Phantom of the Opera. You can know more on the
Today we invite you to watch Yeston/Kopit Phantom! In Poland it is called “Phantom — Upior w operze”. Here it is onstage
almost ongoing since 1999. Almost — because we are talking about four stage versions in three different cities. We present you
special information page with all detailes,
picture gallery and
Dear friends! Today’s the Victory Day! It is a memory of boundless self-sacrifice of Russian people, bravery, courage,
and fearlessness. It is the day of all of us. Our civic and human duty is to cherish the memory of the World War II tragedy
and gently take care of veterans living alongside us. Peaceful skies for all of you!
Our present to you today is another South Korean book. It is an adaptation of Gaston Leroux’ novel for studing English.
Inside there is English text (by Joy Sharp) with additional material in Korean. the most interesting part is
illustrations, of course. They are by Han Sungwon. Pictutes are well-made, but… why the Phantom is a fair-haired
handsome half-masked man? Intrigue is on the special page.
Let’s watch a movie! For example, this one called Mystère à l'Opéra (Mystery at Grand Opera). It has no direct
relations to the Phantom of the Opera story, but many details and, the most important, location will touch feelings of true Phantom fans.
Synopsis and screenshots are on the special page.
Another small bead in a Beauty and the Beast necklace. Quite nice romance novel — Seven nights in a rogue's bed,
a story set in England in 1820s, when brave and beautiful Sidonie who has to spend seven sinful nights in a castle
of scarred scoundrel. Full synopsis is on the special page.
In summer of 2013 administrators of this site visited Grand Opera and picked up some interesting books in its gift
shop. For example, this little Le fantôme du théâtre (the phantom of the theatre) book. We couldn’t
resist it, of course. But on closer examination it proved that it has little to do with the story of the Phantom of
the Opera, but the authors, no doubt, read this novel and added some twists to their own story. So we decided to show
you this book It is about the hounted theatre, a kid’s horror story. Synopsis and illustrations are on the
Dear friends! Today is the birthday of the man without whom this site and our cheerful and cosmopolitan fandom
wouldn’t have existed. Gaston Leroux was copious writer. Among his works there are adventures and
cape-and-dagger fiction novels, crime mysteries and horror short stories. But for us — worldwide — he is known as
the Phantom of the Opera’s father. Let’s drink a Tokai, out traditional festive wine, and congratulate each other
with such almost round anniversary — 149 years.
For you, dear guests, we preapared a gift! We publish here the biography
of Gaston Lerous. Today it’s the most
full and detailed biography of this French writer. We wish you a joyful read!
Today we’d like to pleasure you with the fresh book from the Beauty and the Beast section.
It is a fanfic based on Disney version of the famous animated movie. Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book tells us how Bell
spends her time in Beast’s castle, how she finds a magic book and comes a victim of two wicked sister’s bargain… Information about
the book and — spoilers alert! — the full synopsis are on the special page.
The sixth time Voice TV show appears on our site. This time it’s Ukrainian version called “Ãîëîñ êðàïíè”.
In this, seventh, season the famous melody from the Phantom of the Opera musical by Webber again was on air. It was called
“aria” questionably, and the audience watched actually not a duet but the duel by Anastasia Malashkevich
and Nati Gale. All the information is on the special page.
Today we present one more fanfic — and from America again: Phantom, Out of the Shadows by Barbara J. Allen.
The most interesting part is… the biography of the author. The Phantom is from the movie (2004), who, as we’ve already
learned from other books, didn’t kill ‘em all, things do happen, you know. On these pages you will meet OFC, horses,
and, more, author put some pictures inside her book. All detailes are on the special
With a pleasure announce that the year of 2017 brought us three more Russian editions of Gaston Lerous’s novel.
Two of them are from Eksmo publisher and the third is from AST publisher. But, alas, the good
news are over. Readers wouldn’t be surprised by variety of translations. All three Russian texts are by Svetovidova.
So just covers are different, not the content. Our full list
of Russian editions consists of 38 books now including digital works and audiobooks. It is the most
full catalogue of Russian editions ever!
But not only those books are here today. People read fanfics, write fanfics, and some of them publish fanfics. Usually
the most amount of such self-published fanfics are from the USA. Today let’s read the… the opus by Anstance
Tamplin — My Phantom: The Memoir of Christine
Daaé. It is what it is, a memoir, long, calm and… boring.
And yes, all what Leroux wrote was untrue. Believe it or not.
Congratulations with the 1st of May — International Workers' Day!
In Russia the first several days in May are holidays, and these work-free days always full of the special
expectations — of warmth, summer, and for some of us — upcoming summer vacations. All these days — from 1 to
9 of May — here on our site there will be special marathon called “No one day without an update!” Each day
we will post a new piece of information of the Phantom of the Opera world.
And today we’ve got the first present for you, Korean illustrated book, a children adaptation of Leroux’ novel.
The special interest is, of course, in its pictures. You can learn more on the
Today, in April Fools' Day with its unofficial slogan April the 1st, don't believe anybody, we are honest with you.
Today we celebrate birthday of one of the most talented actors of the beginning of XX century. A man who presented us
unique vision of the Phantom of the Opera.
Today is his 134th birthday.
As our old good tradition, today we share with you information about the book everybody must have. Philip J. Riley
and his story of creation of the Phantom of the Opera 1925 — information about him and his masterpiece is on the
Dearest ladies! We congratulate you with the most warm hearted holiday of Springtime — International Women's Day!
As a gift, we prepared for you information about Mori Yeston and Arthur Kopit's Phantom. You probably have already
watched its TV adaptation of 1990 starring Charles Dance and had a chance to hear about Takarazuka version.
Couple of weeks ago one of our administrators watched this musical in Seoul, South Korea, and she is in admiration of it.
It appeared to be that stage version by Yeston/Kopit is just as well as world known musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Information is too much for today, so we will be back to it next time. Today we suggest you to read
general information about the musical, history of its
creation and productions in different countries.
And specified information:
• Witchita (Cansas, USA), 1993
• Helsinki (Finland), 1993
• Riverside (California), 2004
• Takarazuka Theatre (Japan), 2004/2006/2011
• Tokyo, Osaka (Japan), 2008/2010
• Tokyo, Osaka (Japan), 2014
And finally American productions' photo gallery of various years.
Later we'll tell you about this musical production in South Korea. Stay tuned!
Dear friends! Congratulations with the first day of Spring! And it doesn't matter that there will be more snowing, and cold. Spring has
already came, and it brings us special mood and unparalleled luxury waiting of a miracle, foretaste of something new, relief of hard winter
Today we bring you two little presents — two TV shows. In Toch-v-Toch project (exactly to a T) Gleb Matveychuk
presented duet from 2004 movie. Yes, the same singer in two roles, he sang duet with himself. How was it, read on the
And Good Morning America in December congratulated Andrew Lloyd Webber
with the fact that three of his shows are at the same time on Broadway — and did it in original manner. More information is on the
Congratulations with the most romantic day — St. Valentines! We wish all the lovers to be happy and the rest of the world — to
fall in love (mutual of course!).
Here, on this site, we have a very special tradition for this day. We publish 18+ updates — for adults only. And today we present you
a book with pompous name — 100 Romantic Lovemaking Positions Secret Erotic Photo Gallery and Sex Diary of The Phantom of the Opera:
Raoul, Vicomte Chagny, Christine Daae & Phantom Love Scenes Nude-Nude Art Photos, by B. Free. What is this and
why it is here, you can read about it on the special page.
And now we suggest you to know more about two books of The Adam & Eve Series by Paul Preston. This is,
of course, a nickname. There are three books is this series, so why we present you only two of them, and what Joseph Buquet is doing here —
you can read on the special page. You will discover the story of
Philipp and three his women, for whom he is both the Phantom and the Beast.
Let's prolong the joy of Birthday Party! Today we watch Studio C sketch show — The
Phantom of the Opera's Girl Problems. On the special page you will read information about Studio C participants and watch this episode.
Today is our site's 12th Birthday! Our crew send you big and warm greetings, hug all of you and each in person and promise to work hard!
Today we prepared for you not a usual book. It is available in gift shop of Grand Opera. And that is not by an accident. The main
heroine is Meg Giry! And the plot is set in Gran Opera itself! Yes, it is a children adaptation, but not a simple one. It contains
CD with additional music. And here we have all we love in Phantom of the Opera story. Carlotta's toad, mysterious Siren, and, of course,
a boy in a Red Hat... And if you don't understand where does the red hat concerns the Phantom — welcome to the special page of
Le Fantôme de l'Opéra! Here you will see information
and great pictures.
Dear friends! Congratulate all of you who celebrate Christmas today! We wish you love, kindness and warmth!
Today as usual we've got an update in Beauty and the Beast section. Christmas is a family
holiday, so let's celebrate it with good old anime of 1988. We will watch one of episodes in Grimm Masterpiece Theater series
(Japan) which is called Tale of Winter Garden and Summer Garden.
Jn the special page you will find synopsis, screenshots and also you can watch this episode online.
And one more interesting version of Beauty and the Beast tale: German-Austrian production. Here you will find charming episode
set in library where the Beast read his own poetry to Beauty. On the page about
this film you will find full information, screenshots and synopsis.
And the cherry on top — Winter Rose, a romance novel. Its main
character is a shallow-minded person, and, you know, her love interest not the Beast... Well, you can read synopsis and find out more.
12/31/2016 — 01/01/2017
Dear friends! We congratulate you with the New Year! Year of 2016 had gone, and it had its bads and goods, it was sad and funny,
full of good and bad news. We wish all of you that new 2017 year to bring you joy, health, happiness. And of course — a lot of
interesting and Phantom-ish! We thank you that you were with us the last year. Believe us, you support is an invaluable help to us!
With this update we are going to bring to a close all incompletes of past years. And today we start with
Jennifer Linforth trilogy. As you can remember (or not) this writer
published three books in Madrigal series. On the special page
we will tell you about the last book in series, Rondo. Attention! Spoilers alert! As usual! Also we updated the page
about Linforth who changed her nickname.
Also we finally share with you synopsis of crime mystery of 1988 year, no joke! Phantom
of the Soap Opera is a story which has a little with the Phantom of the Opera itself. But in general it is pretty
little old school crime mystery.
And as a dessert — New Year, you know, celebration, masquerade… — we present you a very
special page. Here you can find the Phantom masks.
We mean, masks of Erik, according to the original Gaston Leroux novel. We tell you all.
Happy New Year!
More news you can find in the News Archive.