Best Christine in Phantom of the Opera

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The Top Ten

1
Sierra Boggess
Not only is she impeccable singer, she is a wonderful actress and dancer. Every emotion and expression is real. To me, she IS Christine Daee. Sarah Brightman used to be, but not anymore. Every note Sierra sings is beautiful, and was the prefect choice for the 25th Anniversary and the sequel (although many did not like the story-line, it doesn't change the fact that her voice was superb). Her performances are flawless and nobody can hit the final note of 'The Phantom of the Opera' like her. One of the best sopranos of our time.
She is the best of the best.
Sierra is vocals, looks and acting skills in one combined. I personally think that if there is someone who is perfect to assume the role of Christine after Brightman, that is her. The very first time I fell in love with her voice is when I saw her title song performance at the 2012 Classic Brit Awards. Her voice has the perfect balance of being angelic and powerful at the same time. Every note that she sings perfectly depict the emotion. Not to mention that she is also as pretty as her voice. Sierra is the perfect "Chrissy" for me and thanks to her, I need a Phantom rehab.
I have been checking out most of all the listed singers here on their Christine's part. I found, by far Sierra is the most talented and suited for the role of Christen. I am very sure she had worked out very hard on this and it was definitely rewarded. There is a clear reason why she has been chosen as Christine for the 25th Anniversary performance of Phantom at Royal Albert Hall this year among all of Christine's in the past. Because she is the best.
[Newest]Beautiful with a great voice. The perfect Christine
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2Sarah Brightman
She IS Christine; her singing is spot on. Maybe I can see why people would like another in terms of acting. What I want to know is why people think Emmy Rossum is remotely acceptable as a singer? To me, her singing is not smooth; the way she moves from key to key is bewildering and varies so much in style because she struggles to hit the intended notes. And some times, I think she is just plain off-key. Her singing is weak and breathy (in a bad way). (And the recording for the recent movie has much too much sibilance, so much so it interrupts intelligibility of the words being sung).
Just love her voice.. Always have since I first heard her sing. She is a natural.. Not affected.. Just a pleasure to listen to. I have many of her recordings. I'm a grandma but my daughter, her daughter and her granddaughter love her. Three generations.. The oldest 87 and the youngest is 6.
Yes the part was written by Andrew Lloyd-Webber for Sarah Brightman, and she had not only the superb voice, but the theatrical, melodramatic quality Phantom requires.
[Newest]The role was specifically written for her. Doesn't get more "Sarah Brightman was born to play Christine" than that.

3Jennifer Hope Wills
In addition to her voice, she is the best actor to play Christine on Broadway.
I wish that they made a recording with her and Howard McGillin. They are stunning!
Joyous and full of light...an angel's voice.
[Newest]Gorgeous in every way

4Sara Jean Ford
Best Christine in my opinion, voice performance was perfect and she understands the character very well. I realize there are other very good actresses for Christine but so far I have not seen one that is better than Sara.
Flawless performer. She was born to be Christine.
She is the best. Her dark voice is beautiful.

5Samantha Hill
A very charming Christine! Young-looking, very vibrant and wonderful Samantha on stage! I fell in love the moment she appeared on stage!
Awesome Christine! First one that I saw and always the best for me!
Truly amazing voice with so much charisma!

6Sarah Lawrence
She doesn't play Christine, she is Christine when she is on stage. She fully understands her part and bring it to such light. Her voice is stunning and captures everybody who see's her.
Beautiful voice, and lots of chemistry onstage with leading men.

7Rebecca Caine
Her voice is so hauntingly beautiful, and I love how she gives Christine's voice a darker edge. I love her control, and cadenza at the end of Think of Me. The only flaw is that she sounds a bit too operatic to play Christine who is supposed to be a young light lyric soprano. Nonetheless, she is a nearly flawless Christine, and her voice really is angelic.

Anon

The only one for me. She put such heart and soul into her performance.
She (and the rest of the Canadian cast) can be heard on the Phantom of the Opera: Original Canadian Cast soundtrack.
She became the lead Christine when the Canadian version of the show began. Colm Wilkinson and Rebecca Caine make the perfect pairing.

8Emmy Rossum
She has a voice of an angel. Her voice sounds sweet and I love all about her. I hope haters would stop being too critical because Emmy wasn't even near to bad, she was great! Maybe not splendid. I'm sorry to say but Sofia Escobar's voice sounds like "speaking voice" and only good when she sings Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again. But then again, it's an easy song. I am an operatic singer and I know this. I don't understand why people keep complaining saying that Emmy sucks, please grow up. Most of you haters think that you really now of operatic voice? People say that Emmy's voice was lack of vibrato? People, even operatic singer don't use that much vibrato. Of course, when I tell them this, they would say "It is a musical not an opera! ". I don't understand? You said that her voice wasn't really sounding operatic but when proved wrong, you came up with "it's a musical not an opera! "? Alright, you may continue to hate on Emmy but she did a wonderful job. She was 16 when the production started, for god sake! She IS Christine Daaé. Enough said
People need to remember how old Emmy was when she did Phantom of the Opera! I think most people don't like her because of the director, the fact that she is gorgeous, and Gerard Butler. I've been told I sound just like Emmy Rossum singing in POTO, including my voice teacher, even though I'm younger than Emmy was. (I'm 13) Sierra Boggess has a great voice and I love her in The Little Mermaid, but I just don't think her voice is right for Christine. She doesn't sound quite young enough, clear, and innocent. She's always just slightly off key. If people mention Phantom of the Opera, I immediately think of Emmy and her voice. I've been hearing her for as long as I can remember and in my eyes, she will always be Christine.
One of the biggest characteristics of Christine is her voice is NOT operatic, it is innocent, and clear. Emmy Rossum let the music move her to sing in just such a fashion. The only other one on this list who came close to doing this in my eyes was Rebecca Caine. It's true her voice leaned towards operatic, but her notes were bang-on every time, and clear.
[Newest]She was very good with singing and her acting in the movie

9Ana Marina
Ana Marina brought both a magnificent vocal range and brilliant acting skills to the role.

10Rachel Barrell
She is lovely, I think she can really bring Christine's innocence and purity to the role, Though she may need a few acting lessons, she has a gorgeous voice
She really is lovely. I suppose she brings a kind of innocence and purity to the role. She is a brilliant actress in the Final Lair. Her Blod and Flesh belting is awesome. I would love to see her in something other than Phantom. Maybe she could be in Beauty and the Beast as Belle. I would love to see that. Anyone else?
I have checked quite a few Christine's. Maybe er voice is not my favourite but is the first time I have seen an innocent and lost Christine. She is my favourite by far for acting.
[Newest]Innocent, sweet and kind. Enough said. Christine is nit just about the voice. If she s we would go to a concert. Rachel is the best actress

The Contenders

11Lisa Vroman
To me, Vroman did a superior job at delivering the emotion, appeal, character, and style of Christine. Her particularly lovely voice was able to deliver the range of notes with clarity and volume, we could hear the vocals distinctly. To me, she's #1
Her growth from a quiet young girl to a woman who makes her own decisions is beautifully done, and she maintains a beautiful singing voice, correct for the role, the entire performance.

12Beth Southard

13Robyn North

14Julie Hanson

15Claire Lyon
She's tiny but she packs a large voice! Her Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again is amazing and powerful. Really enjoyed watching her during her world tour!
She has a really good voice. So sad she's not performing in this role after 2015 Jan in Hong Kong

16Anna O'Byrne
Anna makes such a lovely Christine. She has strikingly beautiful features and a very powerful voice. Her performance in Phantom and Love Never Dies was beyond perfect. It was flawless and phenomenal. She's the BEST Christine for me.
This lady not being in the top ten is a crime! Listen to Anna and you will see it is vastly undisputed that she is the IS Christine! Gorgeous voice!
Miss O'Byrne is such a fantastic and incredible Christine. She is a lovely and sweet lady. And she's unbelievably gorgeous and what beautiful voice she has. I adore her so much. Words can't express how great her performances were in both POTO and LND

17Kimilee Bryant
Her voice seems effortlessly beautiful and powerful. Very emotional and wonderful performer

18Sandra Joseph

19Sofia Escobar
Horrible voice! But here acting is amazing.
Lovely voice! Best of 3 singers I have heard.

20Patti Cohenour
I mean, she WAS Hal Prince's first choice...
She was originally cast in the role, before ALW came in and said Sarah had to do it or he would pull the show.
Her tone is pure and effortless-sounding.
Her ACTING is incredible and SO comes through in the recordings she is on (including bootlegs of POTO).
She was the first "American" Christine and in my opinion, was robbed by being made alternate. She deserved the role. And she deserved the Tony. Had she been the principal Christine, there is no doubt she would have at least have been nominated, if not won the Tony (as opposed to Joanna Gleason).
The bootlegs I have heard of her have been stunning. Could you imagine if she had been recorded with the same quality as Brightman? Or anyone else within the last 10 years?! She's the best.

21Elizabeth Loyacano

22Katie Hall
Along with Sierra Boggess my favourite Christine. She has the most gorgeous voice and captures the naivety of Christine in a beautiful way.
The way she performs the role is different to any other and has the innocent side of Christine perfectly. She is wonderful to watch on stage.
Beautiful voice. Power and pure!
She is the perfect one. so innocent and pure, just like Christian daae

23Rebecca Pitcher
She was my first so I have to say she was "legend wait for it dary legendary "

24Gina Beck
She and Emmy Rossum are the best! :) then Sarah Brightman in the third place! I think their voices are the most suitable for the role of Christine Daae!
SO IN LOVE WITH HER VOICE HER INNER HER PERFORMANCE and ANYTHINGs ABOUT HER
I DO LOVE HER SHOWS in any CHARACTERS :))

25Marina Prior
She was my first Christine and is still an amazing singer in whichever show she is appearing.
Best Christine I've seen is Marina Prior. As with Sarah B, although she had been in musicals beforehand, it was really Phantom that launched her career in a big way.

26Mary D'Arcy

27Claire Moore
A truly underrated performer. She has played so many iconic roles, and all with total brilliance. Although I would say there are others who can perhaps claim to be better singing wise for this role, as an acting performance Claire Moore is right at the very top of the tree. Her performance was gorgeous, subtle, enchanting and emotive.

28Leila Benn Harris
I don’t necessarily think she is the only vocally talented or the most refined actress of the many who have played this character (there are too many equally worthy contenders), but she appeals to me the most because there is something about her portrayal that is so in line with my interpretation of the character from Gaston Leroux’s novel. There is a light, airy, dreamlike quality to her voice that also allows a delicate yet significant display of pure sentiment. It really feels that the beautiful music makes her soul (and her voice! ) soar like the lyrics go. This lets her play a childlike Christine of sweet fragility during the earlier musical numbers but also let the character grow and ripen as the story advances. By the time "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" is on, Leila manages to reveal a different Christine of strength and fervor that has been escalating throughout the show, desperate at the confusion the Phantom induces in her; is he alluring or terrifying? Is he a spectral apparition or a man? This is so strikingly similar to the way Christine develops in the original novel: a woman misunderstood as an ingénue due to her purity and sweetness, but who reveals to possess maturity and courage. Leila’s evolving portrayal of the character and the ethereal beauty of her voice are sublime against Lloyd Webber’s majestic score.

29Susan Cuthbert

30Julia Udine
I saw her on tour... what a talent her voice is like a butterfly although its not strong its beautiful! But I see why shes not on the top ten list b/c like I said the butterfly thing other Christine's Like sierra is a great Dane she can eat that butterfly in one bite.
I saw her on tour... she is amazing her voice reminds me of a butterfly, it may not be strong but its beautiful and it floats perfectly with everything. Her acting is also very good she has so much emotion.
Leading lady of the new West End Production in which Udine is lovely and enchanting. a superb voice to out duel Carlotta makes this starlight a must see

31Mary Michael Patterson
Mary is truly amazing! She should be in the top ten!

32Emmi Christensson
Her Christine is amazing! Se has such an amazing voice and her acting is great.

33Rebecca Luker

34Karen Culliver
Over 600 performances. She brought warmth and humor to the role, and with Mark Jacobi's "Phantom" and Hugh Pinero's "Raul" comprised one-third of a very dynamic romantic triangle.

35Myrra Malmberg

36Meredith Braun

37Celia Graham
She is a Christine! She did do quite well.

38Amy Jo Arrington
The best Christine ever! Love her!

39Harriet Jones
She is my favourite Christine along with Emmi Christenson!

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