Top Ten Best Scenes in the Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera...a tremendously successful, powerful, romantic stage musical which tells the story of obsession, jealousy and true love. It has wowed audiences from across the globe and it isn't difficult to see why. These scenes are my personal favourites but you may have your own. If you have, feel free to add of vote for an existing favourite.
The Top Ten
1 Act 1: Scene 4: The Labyrinth Underground

The Phantom and Christine Daaé take a strange journey to the Phantom's lair beneath the Opéra Populaire. Here, they sing their duet, The Phantom of the Opera.

2 Act 1: Scene 10: The Roof Of The Opéra House

Christine and Raoul escape from the Phantom to the roof of the opera house. Christine is scared, and Raoul tries to console her. All I Ask of You is their romantic duet.

3 Act 1: Scene 5: Beyond The Lake, The Next Morning

The boat that Christine and the Phantom traveled in turns into a bed, surrounded by candelabras. It's the perfect setting for the Phantom as he sings Music of the Night.

4 Act 1: Scene 1: Rehearsals for 'Hannibal' by Chalumeau

Carlotta sings Think of Me when a part of the scenery falls on her. She loses her temper and walks out of the theater. Christine Daaé, a chorus girl, steps in to sing and becomes an instant success.

5 Act 1: Scene 3: Christine's Dressing Room

The Phantom's voice echoes through the Populaire for the first time as he expresses anger over Raoul "sharing in my triumph!" Christine is in awe of the Phantom, singing, "Angel, I hear you speak. I listen."

The Phantom tells her to look in the mirror, singing, "I am there inside!" The music reaches a crescendo, and the Phantom appears in Christine's giant mirror. He reaches through and takes her, ominously singing, "I am your angel of music," while Raoul unsuccessfully tries to enter the room to save her.

6 Act 2: Scene 1: The Staircase Of The Opéra House

There's a New Year's party inside the opera house. The guests wear masks and extravagant costumes in the scene for the rousing number Masquerade, which the Phantom interrupts by announcing that he's written an opera, Don Juan Triumphant. He throws down the enormous bound manuscript at Monsieur Gilles André's feet.

7 Act 2: Scene 5: The Graveyard

Christine seeks solace and comfort in the graveyard where her late father is buried, unaware that the Phantom has followed her. Here, Christine sings to her father's grave: Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, an emotional and heart-wrenching ballad.

8 Act 2: Scene 4: Rehearsal For 'Don Juan Triumphant '

Rehearsals begin for the Phantom's self-penned opera. Christine is terrified at the thought of playing the lead, unaware of what will happen to her. This is the scene for Notes / Twisted Every Way.

9 Act 2: Scene 7: 'Don Juan Triumphant '

In this scene, the Phantom switches places with Signor Piangi to become Don Juan. He wears a full-length cloak covering his face so that he's not recognized, especially by Christine Daaé. During the sexual duet, Point of No Return, between the Phantom and Christine, she realizes who's behind the cloak but carries on before revealing the Phantom's face to a stunned audience just as the song ends.

10 Prologue: The Stage Of The Paris Opéra, 1911

Where it all begins: the contents of the opera house are being auctioned off. Lot 666 is the chandelier involved in the famous disaster, restored and fitted with wiring for the new electric light. Once uncovered, a spectacular flash appears, and the overture to The Phantom of the Opera begins.

The Contenders
11 Act 2: Scene 9: Beyond The Lake

The Phantom, angered by Christine's betrayal, forces her to his lair beneath the opera house. He is pursued by Raoul. The scene features the extraordinarily emotional and powerful "Down Once More," where the Phantom forces Christine to choose between him and Raoul: "Buy his freedom with your love. Refuse me, and you send your lover to his death. This is the choice. This is the point of no return!"

Note: For those who haven't seen The Phantom of the Opera but plan to, there's much more to this scene. I don't want to spoil the ending for you, so I'll end my commentary here.

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