Le Fantôme de l'Opéra
First published in 1909.
This edition translated from the French in 1911 by Alexander Teixeira de Mattos.
The Phantom of the Opera lives under a famous opera house. A mere chorus girl, Christine Daae, becomes, under his guidance, a well known singer with a beautiful voice. But her old child hood sweetheart, the Vicount Raoul de Changy, has also entered the picture. The past comes back to haunt her, the future ahead is uncertain, and the present is undecided. Who will win the heart of Christine?; the handsome, rich Raoul or the masked Angel of Music? A story of romance, murder, sacrifice and sadness, this riveting, seductive tale will keep your emotions high until the very last page of the shocking conclusion.--Submitted by child of the wilderness.
1869 Paris, winter. All is normal for the retirement of the old managers of the Opera...until it is discovered that a stagehand, Joseph Boquet, has been found hanging in the third cellar. Was it murder? Was it suicide? The mystery continues when the new managers get blackmailed for thousands of francs, the letter signed "Opera Ghost." For the Vicomte Raoul de Chagney, the mystery is not with the letters, but a much more personal reason. A childhood friend of his, Christine Da'ae, has recently triumphed in a production of Gonounds Faust, but when he goes to congratulate her, he hears a man's voice with Christine in her dressing room, saying "You must love me! Your soul is a beautiful thing, child, and no emperor ever recieved a fairer gift." Are the two incidents related? Will O.G. come out of the dark? Will the scorpion be unleashed on them all, or the grasshopper hop into infinity?--Submitted by Lillotte
Christine Daae, an obscure chorus girl at the Paris Opera House triumphs on her debut at the Gala performance in place of the Prima Donna who has inexplicably fallen ill at the last minute. Daae astounds all with her unearthly, angelic voice, including Vicomte Raoul de Chagny who instantly recognizes his childhood playmate from the days long passed that they had spent playing by the sea. When the Viscount manages a visit to the Diva's dressing room on that same evening, he is unable to see that her behaviour is odd -- much too wounded from not having been recognized and then brushed off. However, a bruised ego does not hinder Raoul's endeavor to find the truth behind the mysterious voice he hears one day from within Christine's dressing room, speaking to her. Christine has blindly accepted that her father has indeed sent her the Angel of Music as he promised, but as the mystery unravels, the events soon reveal the frightening correlation between this Angel, an Opera Ghost, and The Phantom of the Opera.--Submitted by Gabriella U
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