Best Christines in Phantom of the Opera

Who's voice is the most impressive out of all the Christines on Broadway?
The Top Ten
1 Sierra Boggess

Contrary to what others may say, every note that Sierra sings is perfectly on key. She has the range to achieve the highest notes without sounding like she is grasping blindly for them. Her voice is always true, always perfect. Many people compare her to Emmy Rossum, who sang the role in the 2005 movie. There can be no comparison, especially if you think about their ages. Sierra was around 29 when she played the part. Emmy was at least 10 years younger. And, as all people who are musically informed know, a female singer's voice is at its best when she is around 30 years old. It is amazing that Emmy could even sing the part as well as she did. No, she wasn't perfect. Her singing was breathy, and, especially on the a cappella runs on the end of "Think Of Me", she was off on quite a few notes. But she put in a fantastic performance for her age.
Sierra, on the other hand, has a very powerful voice, yet it is sweet. She makes Christine seem strong, and yet vulnerable. As I said before ...more

Sierra has this charming innocence about her that makes her Christine endearing. Every time I watch her in Phantom (or LND), it always feels as if she was born to play the role. She doesn't act for the sake of living up to what people wanted to see, but to breathe life into the character itself. She becomes one with it and then adds her own twist without straying away from the core of the character. When she's onstage, she's a completely different person. Add the fact that her portrayal is exactly how I imagine Christine in the novel (irrespective of how she was described there).

Also, Sierra has one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard. Her high notes are music to my ears, and her singing can easily evoke my rawest of emotions at once. It's amazing how when she sings, she doesn't just tell the tale that surrounds the song, she lets you experience it as well.

Sierra is my favorite Christine, and she's the best in my book.

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.

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.

2 Harriet Jones

I have enjoyed Harriet Jones as "Christine". I took my family from Japan to
UK to see her "Christine". She is very nice! How nice she was!

I saw her the other day, and as my first time seeing Phantom of the Opera at the West End she was stunning.

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

I watched her in London and she was absolutely amazing.

3 Emmi Christensson

She's an absolute angel. Her portrayal of Christine shows her slightly darker, delusional side, yet at the same time she remains very innocent and sweet. There'a so much control in her voice and it sounds so beautiful. not to mention the book-accurate hair and background. She IS Christine.

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 high notes uncomparable. She sounds angelic. Everything from her voice to her hair is book Christine!

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

4 Katie 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.

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.

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

Katie is one of the best Christines, if not the best! She actually SOUNDS the part while most actresses either don't sound operatic enough or sound too mature.

5 Gina Beck

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

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!

Gina should be number one. All Christines are good at singing. If they weren't, they wouldn't be chosen. And as I dig deeper into the world of Phantom, I have found Christines better than the last one. First was Emmy Rossum, who, despite having a wonderful voice, is not exactly right for the role of Christine. Then, I discovered Sierra Boggess, and I thought she must be the greatest Christine ever! However, I was wrong. I was watching a lot of Final Lair scenes (because, despite it being pretty boring in the movie, it is emotionally sparking and beautiful in the stage show, especially with the right Christine/Phantom [Raoul is basically a background character in this section, and while he is important to it, if he isn't as good, people don't complain as much as they would about Phantom/Christine]) and Gina Beck makes it not even matter who she is performing with. Her voice is outstanding, as she doesn't only hit the notes well but also sounds amazing doing it, her acting is incredibly ...more

By far the best!

6 Mary Michael Patterson

I'll remember that show forever! She's incredible at her job.

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

7 Anna O'Byrne

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!

I watched this talented and beautiful actress as she played Christine in Love Never Dies alongside Ben Lewis as The Phantom. Astounding and beautifully portrayed.
While I do prefer Sierra Boggess as Christine, Anna comes a very close second. I also prefer her voice to the song Love Never Dies.

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.

8 Sarah Brightman Sarah Brightman is an English classical crossover soprano, actress, musician, songwriter, conductor, and dancer.

She has an original and unique voice and since she was the 1st Christine she has set a legacy so has Andrew Lloyd Webber... Though I like Sarah brightmanbut I prefer Lucy. St Louis with her angelic voice which is soft and sweet.I'm surprised she wasn't in the top 10

For me, Sarah has it all to be a good Christine - and she is the best. The role was written for her, and it certainly suits her. The range of the role is a little wider than most operatic roles and the high notes usually mean that a high coloratura will be singing them. How she can take a high E and go down to a G3 in the same song with equal strength and even tone is beyond me. For reference, the lowest note for soprano in opera is an F3, and that is for a dramatic soprano, a much lower type of soprano. She has the ability to sing the role with precision and ease and that's what makes her the best Christine. Most other Christines go off-key on the lows and have brilliant highs, but Sarah is the only one who I can think of who has the kind of tone that allows for even singing throughout the range.

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).

I know that Sierra is very much acclaimed for her performance as Christine, but there are many obvious flaws in her singing. I feel that Sarah has just the right touch of the operatic timbre, and there is a sweetness that projects the innocence of Christine. Her voice is balanced and both her low notes and high notes are strong. I can see why people like Sierra's singing, but her (sierra's) low notes cannot match Sarah's. When I hear the original London Cast, I could feel the emotion in the music, especially Sarah's singing, more than I could feel it in subsequent productions.

9 Julie Hanson
10 Emmy Rossum Emmanuelle Grey Rossum is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is known for her portrayal of Fiona Gallagher in the television series Shameless. Her role in Mystic River initially brought her recognition. She starred in the science-fiction film The Day After Tomorrow and received critical acclaim for her performance in the leading role of Christine DaaƩ in the film adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera. In 2007, Rossum released her debut album, Inside Out. She also released a Christmas EP the same year, titled Carol of the Bells. In 2013, she released a follow-up album called Sentimental Journey.

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.

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

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.

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.

The Contenders
11 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.

I saw her perform as Christine in March 2015 and she was absolutely breathtaking. One of the best Christines of all time.

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.

12 Jennifer Hope Wills

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

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

Brought not only an angelic voice in the role, but truth in her acting as well!

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

13 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.

Flawless performer. She was born to be Christine.

She is the best. Her dark voice is beautiful.

14 Rachel Barrell

Rachel truly did her research when it came to the acting. She was Leroux-accurate, but also loyally behaved like the women of Christine's time. Women back then showed little emotion, and you could see Rachel's Christine trying to hide her emotion, but being overpowered. You can see her react to her surroundings with the perfect subtlety. She also adapts to match the different Phantoms she performs with. Her voice is gorgeus, and strong. Rachel hits the high notes easily. She is also a talented dancer, and moves with her signature grace. I have seen and loved many Christines, but Rachel's intelligent Christine holds a special place in my heart.

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?

The only thing more beautiful than her face is her voice. She captures the youth of Christine while having the flawless voice. She is absolutely adorable and I am sure she was trained by the Angel of Music.

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.

15 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.

The Canadian cast recording is THE BEST recording. Colm Wilkinson - amazing. I'm not sure who played Carlotta but she plays the character the best, she's great but you don't think she's better then Chrstine. Sometimes I think Carlotta is too good. Live, I've seen it where I feel like Carlotta overshadows Christine. I have seen it 15 times all over the world. My favorite theatre experience - Paul Stanley as Phantom in Toronto. Not that great at singing but so much stage presence.

She's operatically trained, as the character of Christine Daae is supposed to be. I love how her voice is darkly beautiful and haunting, yet she has the fullest high notes (listen to her cadenza in Think of Me with the high C6 at the end and her in full and powerful E6 in the POTO theme song at the end. She clearly is a very well trained full-lyric/dramatic coloratura soprano.

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.

16 Sandra Joseph
17 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.

18 Lisa Vroman

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.

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.

Absolutely the best Christine!

19 Ana Marina

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

Sierra Boggess without a doubt!

20 Kaley Ann Voorhees

Last night, I had the privilege of seeing and hearing Kaley Ann Voorhees, for the very first time. An outstanding actress, with an utterly beautiful voice, Kaley Ann Voorhees shares the stage with very lovely, talented, wonderful actors, singers, dancers, and she still stands out, shines. She gave a perfect performance. She is such a remarkable talent, so very gifted. I am very much looking forward to seeing and hearing Kaley Ann Voorhees again.

Watched her live and had goosebumps. Never been so inspired by a voice. Personality outside of theatre is so bubbly and authentic - refreshing for an actress of her caliber.

Just saw her now that she is principal on Broadway. Totally awesome. The only christine that might rival her is Sara Brightman herself.

I saw Kaley in December 2017, and she was fantastic. She has a sweet yet majestic sounding voice that is just perfect for Christine.

21 Celinde Schoenmaker

Absolutely wonderful, Celinde is definitely one to watch, my favourite Christine by far, though I can't help but feel she looks a little young, in fact all the dancer girls do in the current cast, they all look about 15! So it was a little cringey to watch the more 'sensual' scenes with that in mind but otherwise I can't wait to see her again (in the same role) which is something I've never thought about a performance before.

Celinde is one to look out for! She is very new to the show but I think she may go on to be one of the best Christine's of all time! Her voice is not much different from Sierra Boggess, but her acting is even better. She is utterly gorgeous as well. I saw Harriet Jones last year, who was amazing, but Celinde totally blew me away!

Celinde is the best Christine in my opinion! I saw her in March, and she was outstanding, not only on stage but her personality is so sweet and she is so humble. She is also so beautiful! And she seems so natural with her acting and how the character would react to events.

I saw Celinde Schoenmaker in London last weekend. Her acting and singing is second to none. In my opinion only I think Celinde Schoenmaker is the best Christine Daae since Sierra Bogess and Sarah Brightman. Emmy Rossum was best in film version. However, theatre wise Celinde really does shine.

22 Sofia Escobar

Amazing! Beautiful interpretation and understanding of the character!

Wonderful performance. Best Christine ever

Horrible voice! But here acting is amazing.

Lovely voice! Best of 3 singers I have heard.

23 Beth Southard
24 Claire 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!

We just saw Claire take on the role of Christine during the Dubai tonight. Brilliant performance!

She has a really good voice. So sad she's not performing in this role after 2015 Jan in Hong Kong

25 Kelly Mathieson

The first scot to play Christine Daae and she really delivers. Would love to see her play Fantine as well. An incredible voice and her acting is absolutely captivating, especially her chemistry with Ben Lewis and Tim Howar, it's amazingly wonderfully brilliant stuff.

Facial expressions was those of someone who believed the part they ployed was real. Saw her yesterday on the front row and she took my breath away.

Definitely the best I've ever seen.

So beautiful and powerful voice. And she give Christine so much imotions on stage

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