Best Christine in Phantom of the Opera

Who’s voice is the most impressive out of all the Christine's on Broadway?

The Top Ten

1 Sierra Boggess 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.

Sierra has all the characteristics of a Christine Daee. With the angelic and powerful voice, a pretty face, and emotions all in one lady.

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2 Sarah Brightman Sarah 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.

Sorry, but Sarah gave the birth to Christine I saw her performing the phantom the opera and the last note was the most powerful I ever heard

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3 Jennifer Hope Wills

In addition to her voice, she is the best actor to play Christine on Broadway.

Great technique, beautiful voice, and unlike Sierra and Sarah, she emotes well through her voice.

I wish that they made a recording with her and Howard McGillin. They are stunning!

Not only does she have the voice of an angel, ; she has an angel's heart and soul

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4 Samantha 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!

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5 Sara 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.

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6 Sarah 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.

7 Rebecca 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 recording I will listen to is the original Canadian cast, they are flawless. Rebecca is the most impressive Christine, her version of think of me is brilliant.

She became the lead Christine when the Canadian version of the show began. Colm Wilkinson and Rebecca Caine make the perfect pairing.

She's GREAT. Plus, she has the advantage of performing with Colm Wilkinson...

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8 Emmy 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 ...more

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.

In my opinion, she's one of the best actresses for Christine. I think she did a wonderful job. Her notes are clear and beautiful and she handles difficult parts well. Many people would say that she's not operatic enough, but Phantom of the Opera is technically not an opera. It's a musical. And the composer actually auditioned the cast himself, so there must be a reason to why she was chosen. She can effectively portray the innocence of the character.

Ah, Emmy Rossum.

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9 Harriet Jones

I have recently fell in love with show show,she's Christine I've seen along with her understudy

I watched her in London and she was absolutely amazing.

She is the best! Awesome voice and brilliant acting!

She brings such a youthful side of Christine out that isn't often seen! She does a beautiful job!

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10 Ana Marina

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

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The Contenders

11 Gina 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!


I was expecting to see Gina in the top ten at least! I'm so sad she stopped doing Phantom before I had a chance to see her :( her Think of Me cadenza is beautiful and her Final Lair is the best I have heard (in addition to Sierra Boggess). She and Sierra are Christine to me - also, Gina Beck is really really pretty

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12 Katie Hall

Katie just is Christine, she sounds magnificent, and sounds the right age - the result is far more dramatic, and credible, than the norm - which often has someone 10- 15 years older pretending to be a stressed teen in a terrifying situation. Never seen the story work better.

Heard Katie with John Owen Jones and was blown away with both of them.

Beautiful voice. Power and pure!

Her Cadenzas over the years in the role of Christine in Phantom of the Opera in London gave me goosebumps and tears of pure joy. Every role she plays is so convincing. Sweet pretty dancing angelic mezzo soprano rock queen actress. Yep that's Ms Katie Hall. Thank you from
Sharon McAnulty Sydney Australia

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13 Emmi Christensson

She gave an incredible performance when I saw her perform April 2015, she gave Sierra a real run for her money. In addition to her beautiful voice, she IS Christine, blonde and Swedish like the character in the book.

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

I had doubts about a blonde Christine, but after seeing her performance, she is now on par with Sierra Boggess in my opinion

14 Rachel 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

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.

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?

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

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15 Anna 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.

Anna is by far the superior Christine. Out of all the women that have played her, she is definitely the most beautiful one, no competition, and since she's had operatic training she knows how to control her voice and not scream out the notes. She played a perfect Christine in the sequel "Love Never Dies" even better than Sierra, her acting was perfect and her voice was outstanding and was soaring and no wonder why Andrew Lloyd Webber chose the Australian cast version to put on film he said himself it was the best performance he had seen.

Anna O'Byrne isn't in the top ten! An outrage! Her beauty and youthful features that scream Christine Daae only cut the surface. Her voice is powerful and radiant with her Operatic training clearly evident, while being one of the only Christine's that don't suffer from making their voice sound older than it should. She is absolutely Christine!

She has nice singing, but her acting is so cold

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16 Julia 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.

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

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.

She is small but powerful voice!

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17 Julie Hanson
18 Mary Michael Patterson

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

19 Lisa 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.

If I were an audience member watching one of the of operas within the show, I wouldn't want a refund if Christine, as played by Lisa Vroman, took over the role from Carlotta. Her Christine makes it more believable that she would rival the diva of the opera house.

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