Best Phantoms In Phantom of the Opera

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1Ramin Karimloo

Ramin is totally the best! Well, maybe that's because I haven't seen Michael Crawford yet. Anyways, Ramin has that seductive touch, even with a hideous face, something that the Phantom SHOULD have. His voice is incredible as well, angelic, and a little demon-like scary when offended, like Phantom. His acting is also off the charts! He can shift from abusive to soft, from angelic to mean. He is totally BADASS. Plus, his voice fits the role perfectly, something that has a hypnotic quality that can actually bend the listener to his will- another noticeable characteristic of the Phantom. He is without a doubt the best so far. Scratch everything I've said- Ramin is Phantom. :))

I've only been able to watch Ramin Karimloo on DVD and you tube, but I have to agree that he is the best Phantom out there, toppling even Michael Crawford. Crawford gives a classical, stylized performance, while Ramin definitely delivers the emotion, which coupled with an amazing voice, really makes you believe he IS the Phantom. Perhaps too, I am speculating that Ramin's success is partly due to the fact that he is the only performer compared to the others who has aspired to be the Phantom since childhood. I read that he skipped school and saw the Phantom at age 12, and life changed ever since. Gerard Butler delivers a brave, anguished performance, however his voice simply pales in comparison to Ramin.

He adds an intensity to the role that I've never seen before. He doesn't just act the part, he is the part. His voice is unique and engaging. His acting is brilliant and captivating. He emotionally engaged me in the performance like I've never been. His choice of movement and expressions just added so much to the character, I was completely intrigued. His dark side was thrilling and in such contrast to his tortured broken soul at points where he realizes he has lost Christine. The notes he sings, the way he sings them and the agony expressed in the acting. I almost can't bear to watch he makes you feel it with him.

He is perfect. Not more to say.

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2Michael Crawford

Crawford has the most unique voice of all the Phantoms. While I love Ramin's portrayal, however, Michael flawlessly soars to those high notes and easily portrayed the tortured soul with passion. I've never heard a Phantom that had a more haunting voice than his.

He is the phantom I listened to when I was little, and he just is phantom! He portrays so much emotion in his voice and is just fabulous! He and Sarah were the dynamic duo, and I personally think he is better than Ramin!

The Original. They went through 1 other Phantom and I can see why. For the same reason Sarah Brightman is number 1 on this site I feel Michael should be too, in my opinion he out shined even Sarah

His voice stands out from all the others. When you are just listening to the soundtrack, even then there is no mistaking him for Raoul. You can tell he is the Phantom.

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3John Owen Jones

I saw John Owen Jones play the Phantom this Thursday just gone. I can't tell you how amazing he is, but then again, Phantom fans will already know how amazing he is. If you haven't seen him live on stage, then you must! I feel so privileged to have seen John play the Phantom on stage, especially considering that it was part of only a three month run, and also considering of how much of a Phantom legend that he is! He puts so much effort into his performance and his singing is just amazing. He has a lot of power in his voice as well as some very soothing tones. You haven't heard 'The Music of the Night' until you've heard John sing it! - imbo1993

One of the most beautiful voices to ever play the Phantom - no one can compare to him in theatricality.

In think everybody in the theatre stopped breathing when he hit "that note". Amazing!

Best phantom by far.

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4Colm Wilkinson

To me, Wilkinson's amazing voice is the one that truly captured the complexity of the Phantom.

First to ever portray the Phantom at ALW's Sydmonton festival and easily the best.

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5Hugh Panaro

He's the first and only Phantom that I've seen on Broadway, ans his voice is just fantastic. He nearly brought me to tears when he sang The Music of the Night. I think that he's so much better than Ramin Karimloo, Michael Crawford, and Colm Wilkonson. He also portrays the Phantom with perfect wit and sarcasm.

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6Anthony Warlow

There are times in life when no words do a person justice. This is one such time. I've had the privilege of seeing Anthony Warlow portray the Phantom in 1990, then again in 2007 and finally in Adelaide where Warlow donned the mask for the final time on 23 May 2009. Never cried so much at a show in all my life. Perfection

Sublime. His portrayal absorbs you into the performance with power and strength along with softness and emotion. The word brilliant isn't strong enough.

I have heard others but know one else comes close to Anthony Warlow

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7Norm Lewis

His exceptional baritone voice gives the character an even more vivid depth

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8Geronimo Rauch

Geronimo was the first Phantom that I saw in London. He was absolutely brilliant! Being Argentinian, I wondered how his pronunciations would be, but his singing and acting was absolutely breathtaking! Other than Michael Crawford, Ramin Karimloo, and John Owen Jones, I would definitely say that Geronimo sings one of the best versions of the title track that I've ever heard. His accent definitely added a uniqueness to the songs. A very powerful voice, and it's a shame that he's only played the role for just over a year. I hope he makes a return to the role one day. - imbo1993

The problem of this type of system is that 99% of the people vote for one but didn't see the others. I had the opportunity to see a couple of them and this is my vote.

The hardest thing is find the heart of the Phanton, the audience should fall in love with him I think. Geronimo is not just breathtaking every time he sing, he show us the heart of the Phantom and he makes us definitively fall in love with him (we actually hate Raoul nomatter their work, sorry mates! That's the Rauch Effect).

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9John Cudia

He was my first Raoul and second phantom. So awesome. God bless john

10Robert Guillaume

The Newcomers

?Kevin Gray

Kevin was such a captivating phantom, it was easy to see that he immersed himself both mentally and physically into his role as phantom.

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11Peter Jöback

Peter makes some great acting choices which makes him a very moving phantom. His voice may not be as strong as some other's, but it's unusually beautiful and magical. He's also very musical, expressing the sensuality of this music instead of belting out the notes.

Peter have the most unusual voice of the Phantom's, he dosen't sound like all the others. He also have a level of passion that all the other seems to lack.

He's the all time best with emotion and pation plus he as an amazing voice in all he uplayed all the phantoms at the 25th anniversary grand finally, also he had the only voice that popped out when they all sung together.

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12Gerard Butler

He was the phantom, his eyes showed the pain and loneliness that the phantom felt of being an outcast for his looks, and the love he felt for Christine, his voice was amazing, its not perfect but that's good. It made me feel the pain and sorrow of the phantom and he made me feel like I was in the movie

He did just as well without as much training as some of the others. He was raw which is perfect for the role and it was as if you could feel the agony and want and lust and everything through his voice.

Gerard should be top 5. The move wasn't great but Gerard was fantastic. He played it perfectly. His voice, he was dark yet emotional and just perfect for the role.

He should be number one is just an amazing actor who gave it all even with his untrained voice. GERARD'S THE BEST AND HANDSOMEST

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13Anthony Crivello
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15Peter Karrie

Peter Karrie is, without question, the best Phantom ever.

16Gary Mauer

The most underrated phantom. His clarity is stunning and his highest notes seem effortless. I get chills every time.

17Ben Lewis

Ben Lewis is amazing! I'm not saying he's the best but he is at least number 3! Have any of you seen him in Love Never Dies! He has an amazing voice and just like Ramin, he can be strong and sexy and times, but also weak when the phantom should be weak.

Absolutely hottest and edgiest phantom! He is really talented and his voice is crystal clear, whilst sexy and dangerous at the same time. Better than Ramin Karimloo!

Ben Lewis is a great Phantom, but sorely underrated. I'd love to see him in Phantom Of The Opera one day.

18Earl Carpenter

Guys, you are putting everyone else first mainly for their voice. Earl really gets into the essence of the character. He is so gently with every Christine he plays, it is beautiful.

I agree. He struggles a bit more with the high notes but there's such passion in his performance. I would say that JOJ, Ramin and Earl are the most convincing phantoms I've seen.

19Davis Gaines

Davis Gaines if by far my favorite phantom. His voice is perfect for the roll and is stunning. Wish I could have been there to see it/

20Cooper Grodin

Cooper Grodin's Phantom is not only sexy, but tortured as he sings and acts out his love for Christine whom he needs for his music. Cooper's voice in "Music of the Night", and duets with Christine on "Point of Return", and "Angel of Music", knocked me out of my seat! He plays Phantom with a feeling and depth that reach right into your heart so you find yourself rooting for him to get the girl. His performance is that heart rendering and touching.

I just saw Cooper Grodin in Boston on Opening Night, and his voice truly took my breath away. There is this velvety nuance in his voice that strikes a chord with me. I have scoured the other recorded versions of this musical, and as wonderful as the other Phantoms have been, I truly prefer Grodin's voice over the rest.

Phantom for the West End Production. Saw him in Chicago. Cooper is marvelous! Especially impressed since he stepped in after the original Phantom left the production. I fell in love with his voice right after "Music of the Night." Truly portrays the "Angel of Music" perfectly.

One of the best Phantoms I have seen! And I've seen this play 14 times. So touching and yet so forceful. Touched my heart throughout his performance! His voice and his range were beautiful! Brought me to tears!

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