Phantom Of The Opera is one of those unforgettable and timeless masterpieces that almost everyone has heard about or enjoyed at some point of their life. Although many people would not consider it to be a traditional opera, it is nonetheless still a beautiful work and has fascinated people internationally for decades. There have been countless performances of Phantom Of The Opera from touring groups, Broadway, movies, and even its own show in Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel. With the amount of popularity that this one story has attracted, it's only expected that the story is remarkable.
The Phantom Of The Opera was originally a novel that was written by Gaston Leroux. Ironically, when it was first published, it was not very successful as a book and was often times not even available in print for this reason. Although there were film and performance adaptations of the story, it never really gained true popularity until Andrew Lloyd Webber transformed it into a musical performance. His musical adaptation of the story in 1986 was the true format that allowed Phantom Of The Opera to shine and develop into the popular existence that it has now.
Not forgetting the stunning vocal quality that most performers have shared during their time spent depicting roles in The Phantom of The Opera, perhaps one of the most endearing factors of this story can be found in the love triangle that is ultimately between Erik, Christine, and Raoul -- for although at times the Phantom could be considered to be purely obsessed with Christine, he ultimately loves her, even though her heart is still to remain with her childhood friend and love interest, Raoul.