Phantom of the Opera - Official International Casts

 

In order by year the CD was produced (based on my CD collection only):

Phantom of the Opera, Swedish Cast (2 CD's)
1990 Polydor 841 749-2
in print, limited availability

Cast:
Fantomen:  Mikael Samuelson
Christine: Elisabeth Berg
Raoul: Bengt Nortfors
Carlotta: Anette Stridh
Piangi: Bjorn Haugan
M. Andre: Magnus Fagerberg
M. Firmin: Bert-Ake Varg 
Mme. Giry: Annika Bartler
Meg Giry: Martina Langas

Tracks:

CD 1

  1. Prolog
  2. Ouvertyr
  3. Hannibal
  4. Tank pa mig
  5. Tank pa mig
  6. Musikens angel
  7. Lilla Lotte/Spegeln
  8. Operafantomen
  9. Nattens Musik
  10. Dunkla minnen/Varre an du anat
  11. Snaran
  12. Breven
  13. Primadonna
  14. Il Muto
  15. Han fattar ingenting
  16. Sag varfor sprang vi hit
  17. Raoul, jag var dar
  18. Allt vad jag begar
  19. Allt vad jag begar

CD 2

  1. Mellanaktsmusik
  2. Maskerad
  3. Vad ni tystnade
  4. Breven
  5. Har jag nagot val
  6. Don Juans triumfer
  7. Om du bara vore har igen
  8. Du som vilset vandrar/Bravo Monsieur
  9. Don Juans triumfer
  10. Ingen atervando mer
  11. Hetsjakten
  12. Ner igen/Folj efter mordaren
  13. I Fantomensnaste

Review:

Das Phantom der Oper, Vienna Cast (2 CD's)
1990 Polydor 839 207-2
in print

Cast:
Das Phantom der Oper: Alexander Gobel
Christine: Luiza Nistler
Raoul: Alfred Pfeifer
Carlotta: Priti Coles
Piangi: Sergio Lombana
M. Andre: Jack Poppell
M. Firmin: Wolfgang Pampel
Mme. Giry: Diana Bennett
Meg Giry: Alexandra Young-Schmidt

Tracks:

CD 1

  1. Prolog
  2. Ouverture
  3. I. Szene - Proben zu Hannibal
  4. Denk an mich
  5. Denk an mich
  6. Engel der Lieder
  7. Liebes Lottchen.../Der Spiegel.../Engel der Lieder
  8. Das Phantom der Oper
  9. Die Musik der Dunkelheit
  10. Die erinn'rung kommt zuruck
  11. Zauberlasso
  12. Briefe
  13. Primadonna
  14. Eine Vorstellung der Oper Il Muto
  15. Zum Lachen dieser Narr
  16. Warum so weit hinauf
  17. Raoul, ich sah ihn
  18. Mehr will ich nicht von dir
  19. Nun bist du dem Untergang geweiht

CD 2

  1. Entr'acte (Zwischenaktmusik)
  2. Maskenball
  3. Was erchrect Sie so
  4. Briefe
  5. Hier steh ich allein
  6. Eine musikalische Probe fur "Don Juan Der Sieger
  7. Konntest du doch weider bei mir sein
  8. Hilfoses Kind.../Bravo Monsieur
  9. Don Juan, der Sieger
  10. Der letze Schritt
  11. Auf der Buhne
  12. Nun hinab.../Spurt diesen Morder auf
  13. Das Versteck des Phantoms

Review:

Das Phantom der Oper, Hamburg Cast Recording Highlights (1 CD)
1990 Polydor Gmbll 847 514-2
in print

Cast:

Das Phantom der Oper: Peter Hofmann
Christine: Anna Maria Kaufmann
Raoul: Hartwig Rudolz
Carlotta: Pamela Sanabria
Piangi: Jeff Martin
M. Andre: Thomas Schulze
M. Firmin: Thomas Bayer
Mme. Giry: Ruth Hale
Meg Giry: Dunja Siehl

Tracks:

  1. Ouvertüre
  2. Hannibal
  3. Denk an mich
  4. Engelder Muse
  5. Das Phantom der Oper
  6. DieMusik der Nacht
  7. Briefe vom Phantom/Primadonna
  8. Ballett aus 'Il Muto'
  9. Mehr will ich nicht von dir
  10. Maskenball
  11. Könntest Du doch wieder bei mir sein
  12. Von nun an gibt es kein zurück
  13. Das Unterirdische Labyrinth

Review:
Sad this one doesn't have a full recording like the Vienna Cast. Anna Maria Kaufmann is a favorite Christine of mine. Peter Hofmann as the Phantom is not a fave. I don't like his style. Hartwig Rudolz isn't bad as Raoul.

Phantom of the Opera, 1st Japanese Cast (2 CD's)
1988 Pony Canyon, Inc D50H0009
out of print

Cast:
Phantom: Masachika Ichimura
Christine: Reiko Nomura
Raoul: Yuichiro Yamaguchi
Carlotta: Masako Saito
Piangi: Jun Kitagawa
M. Firmin: Takanori Yamamoto
M. Andre: Jun Sawaki
Mme. Giry: Yuko Shibagaki
Meg Giry: Yayoi Aoyama

Tracks:

CD 1

  1. Prologue
  2. Overture
  3. The dress rehearsal of "Hannibal"
  4. Think of Me
  5. Angel of Music
  6. Little Lotte...
  7. The Mirror...(Angel of Music)
  8. The Phantom of the Opera
  9. The Music of the Night
  10. I Remember.../Stranger Than You Dreamt It
  11. Magic Lasso...
  12. Notes...
  13. Prima Donna
  14. Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh
  15. Why Have You Brought Me Here.../Raoul, I've Been There...
  16. All I Ask of You
  17. All I Ask of You (Reprise)

CD 2

  1. Entr'acte
  2. Masquerade/Why So Silent...
  3. Notes.../Twisted Every Way
  4. A rehearsal for "Don Juan Triumphant"
  5. Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again/Wandering Child
  6. "Don Juan Triumphant"
  7. The Point of No Return
  8. Down Once More.../Track Down This Murderer...
  9. Beyond the Lake

Review:
Wow. That's all I can really say is wow. The rarest of the 2 CD sets out there (there are some singles that are rarer tho). Masachika Ichimura sounds like Michael Crawford. Amazing of the similarity

Phantom of the Opera, 2nd Japanese Cast,  (2 CD's)
1992 Polydor POCP-1213/4
in print/limited availability

Cast:
Phantom: Yuichiro Yamaguchi
Christine: Kyoko Suzuki
Raoul: Kanji Ishimaru
Carlotta: Sayoko Kani
Piangi: Masayuki Kurata
M. Andre:  Akira Aoyama
M. Firmin:  Toshi Mura
Mme. Giry:  Yuko Shibagaki
Meg Giry: Minako Akimoto

Tracks:

CD 1

  1. Prologue
  2. Overture
  3. The dress rehearsal of "Hannibal"
  4. Think of Me
  5. Angel of Music
  6. Little Lotte...
  7. The Mirror...(Angel of Music)
  8. The Phantom of the Opera
  9. The Music of the Night
  10. I Remember.../Stranger Than You Dreamt It
  11. Magic Lasso...
  12. Notes...
  13. Prima Donna
  14. Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh
  15. Why Have You Brought Me Here.../Raoul, I've Been There...
  16. All I Ask of You

CD 2

  1. Entr'acte
  2. Masquerade/Why So Silent...
  3. Notes.../Twisted Every Way
  4. Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again/Wandering Child
  5. "Don Juan Triumphant"
  6. The Point of No Return
  7. Down Once More.../Track Down This Murderer...
  8. Beyond the Lake

Review:

Phantom of the Opera, 10th Anniversary Japanese Cast (2 CD's)
1999 Polydor POCP-7386/7
in print

Cast:
Phantom: Kiyotaka Imai
Christine: Rumi Iryo
Raoul: Daisuke Yanase
Carlotta: Kazuo Kawai
Piangi: Shunichiro Hanba
M. Andre: Akira Aoyama
M. Firmin: Morimasa Sagawa
Mme. Giry: Yoshiko Nishijima
Meg Giry: Minako Akimoto

Tracks:

CD 1

  1. Prologue
  2. Overture
  3. The dress rehearsal of "Hannibal"
  4. Think of Me
  5. Angel of Music
  6. Little Lotte...
  7. The Mirror...(Angel of Music)
  8. The Phantom of the Opera
  9. The Music of the Night
  10. I Remember.../Stranger Than You Dreamt It
  11. Magic Lasso...
  12. Notes...
  13. Prima Donna
  14. Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh
  15. Why Have You Brought Me Here.../Raoul, I've Been There...
  16. All I Ask of You

CD 2

  1. Entr'acte
  2. Masquerade/Why So Silent...
  3. Notes.../Twisted Every Way
  4. Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again/Wandering Child
  5. "Don Juan Triumphant"
  6. The Point of No Return
  7. Down Once More.../Track Down This Murderer...
  8. Beyond the Lake

Review:

Phantom of the Opera, Dutch Cast Recording Highlights (1 CD)
1993 Polydor 521 205-2
in print/limited availability

Cast:
Het Spook van de Opera: Henk Poort
Christine: Joke de Kruijf
Raoul: Peter De Smet
Carlotta: Wiebke Goetjes
Piangi: Adriaan van Limpt
M. Andre: Peter Bording
M. Firmin: Nico Schaap
Mme. Giry: Margaret Roset
Meg Giry: Natasha Knight

Tracks:

  1. Ouverture
  2. Den Aan Mij
  3. Engel Mijn Muze
  4. De Spiegel (engel, Mijn Muze)
  5. Het Spook Van De Opera
  6. Melodieen Van De Nacht
  7. Prima Donna
  8. Meer Vraag Ik Niet Van Jou
  9. Entr'acte
  10. Bal Masque
  11. Kon Ik Nog Maar Even Bij Je Zijn
  12. Er Is Geen Weg Terug
  13. Weer Opnieuw De Diepten/Waar Is De Moordenaar?

Review:
This is THE BEST cast album out there. Too bad it's just a highlights version. Henk Poort has an excellent voice. He has a power in his voice that most other men that have played this part lack. Joke de Kruijf's voice is very sweet, innocent, perfect for the part. The entire cast really is excellent. I could go on and on about it.

Phantom of the Opera, Korean Cast Recording Highlights (1 CD)
2002 Universal DD 5970

Cast:
Phantom: Young-Seok Yoon
Christine: Hye-Kyoung Lee
Raoul: Ryu Jung-Han

Tracks

  1. Prologue
  2. Overture
  3. The Dress Rehearsal of Hannibal
  4. Think of Me
  5. The Phantom of the Opera
  6. The Music of the Night
  7. Prima Donna
  8. All I Ask of You
  9. Entr'Acte
  10. Masqauerade
  11. In Sleep He Sang to Me
  12. Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again
  13. The Point of No Return
  14. The Phantom's Lair

El Fantasma de la Opera Mexican Cast Recording Highlights (1 CD) version 1, Mexican Pressing
2000 Columbia CDIM 501397
out of print

Cast:

Phantom: Juan Navarro
Christine: Irasema Terrazas 
Raoul: Jose Joel
Carlotta: Tatiana Marouchtchak
Piangi: Javier Cortes
M. Firmin: Luis Rene Aguirre
M. Andre: Luis Miguel Lombana
Mme. Giry: Tere Cabrera 
Meg Giry: Laura Morelos

Tracks

  1. Prologo - Escenario De La Opera De
  2. Obertura
  3. Ensayo General De Anibal
  4. Piensa En Mi
  5. El Espejo
  6. El Fantasma De La Opera
  7. Musica En La Oscuridad
  8. La Oficina De Los Gerentes
  9. Todo Lo Que Pido De Ti l
  10. Mi Musica Te Di -
  11. Entreacto t
  12. Mascarada
  13. Durmiendo Me Canto
  14. Cuanto Yo Deseo Volverte A Ver
  15. Nina Perdida
  16. El Umbral Final/El Laberinto Subterraneo
  17. La Guarida Del Fantasma

Review:
There are two Mexican Phantom CD's. They're exactly the same recording, the only differences are  the placement of the record company labels, and the CD disc itself, which has a color angel on it. Much nicer than the Domestic press. Juan Navarro has a powerful voice, and give a great performance.

El Fantasma de la Opera Mexican Cast Recording Highlights (1 CD) version 2, Domestic Pressing
2000 Columbia & Sony SK 89864
in print

Cast:

Phantom: Juan Navarro
Christine: Irasema Terrazas 
Raoul: Jose Joel
Carlotta: Tatiana Marouchtchak
Piangi: Javier Cortes
M. Firmin: Luis Rene Aguirre
M. Andre: Luis Miguel Lombana
Mme. Giry: Tere Cabrera 
Meg Giry: Laura Morelos

Tracks

  1. Prologo - Escenario De La Opera De
  2. Obertura
  3. Ensayo General De Anibal
  4. Piensa En Mi
  5. El Espejo
  6. El Fantasma De La Opera
  7. Musica En La Oscuridad
  8. La Oficina De Los Gerentes
  9. Todo Lo Que Pido De Ti l
  10. Mi Musica Te Di -
  11. Entreacto t
  12. Mascarada
  13. Durmiendo Me Canto
  14. Cuanto Yo Deseo Volverte A Ver
  15. Nina Perdida
  16. El Umbral Final/El Laberinto Subterraneo
  17. La Guarida Del Fantasma

Review:
There are two Mexican Phantom CD's. They're exactly the same recording, the only differences are  the placement of the record company labels, and the CD disc itself, which has a color angel on it. Much nicer than the Domestic press (this one) which has a black and white angel on it. Juan Navarro has a powerful voice, and give a great performance.

Az Operahaz Fantomja, Hungarian Cast Recording (2 CD)
2003 RUG Ltd
in print

Cast:
Az Operahaz Fantomja: Sasvari Sandor
Christine: Maho Andrea
Raoul: Miller Zoltan
Carlotta: Safar Monika
Piangi: Pankotay Peter
M. Andre: Szerednyey Bela
M. Firmin: Galbenisz Tomasz
Mme. Giry: Bencze Ilona
Meg Giry: Ladinek Judit

Tracks:

CD 1

  1. Prologus
  2. Nyitany I.
  3. Gondolj ram...
  4. Angyali hang
  5. Kicsi Lotte.../ A tukor
  6. A Fantom
  7. Az ej zeneje
  8. Most mar remlik
  9. Ordogi lasszo
  10. Levelek../ Prima Donna
  11. Ven hibbant, porul jar...
  12. Mert hoztal fel ide?
  13. Ennyit kerek en
  14. Ennyit kerek en (repriz)

CD 2

  1. Nyitany II
  2. Maszkabal
  3. Levelek
  4. Latjuk-e meg egymast valahol?
  5. Elveszett gyermek
  6. Tul keso
  7. Uzott vad

Review:
The newest addition to the official POTO recordings, and done up right! Bravo!!! The recording is the most unusual of all the official Phantom recordings since it was an independent production of the RUG. The photos of the actors in costume show the differences. They keep the same mask, and similar design elements, but gives a different feel to the show. The orchestration and singers are excellent. Only a couple of minor complaints: is Christine, at the end of the main title theme, just doesn't seem to get the last note as well as I've heard others do, but it doesn't take away from the performance she gives in the rest of the recording. The other complaint is the price--quite high. The cheapest place I found it was www.soundofmusic.de. But, if ordering from the US, beware, the shipping prices are high. Also, the CD's don't play on a computer CD player. On my PC, using WinXP it asked me in order to play the CD it wanted to download something on my computer. I don't want anything on my computer that I don't know what it is, so I declined. But, it plays fine in all other CD players, including the DVD player in the house. Due to those minor factors, this recording doesn't get the highest rating.