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|The Phantom of the Opera character|
|Created by||Gaston Leroux|
|Family||Madame Valérius (adoptive mother)
Gustave Daaé (father, deceased)
|Spouse(s)||Viscount Raoul de Chagny|
|Significant other(s)||Erik (The Phantom of the Opera)|
Christine Daaé is a fictional character and the female protagonist of Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera and of the various adaptations of the work. Erik, the Phantom of the Opera falls in love with her.
Christine Daaé was born in a town near Uppsala, Sweden. Her mother died when she was six. Raised by her father, they constantly traveled to fairs where he played the violin and she sang. They were discovered at one of these fairs by Professor Valérius, who took them to Gothenburg and then to Paris, providing for Christine's education.
Christine was extremely close to her father, who told her Scandinavian fairy-tales; the tale of the "Angel of Music" was her favorite. Christine entered the Paris Conservatoire and trained for four years to become an opera singer to please her father and Mamma Valérius, the bedridden wife of the late Professor. However, by the end of the four years, she had lost her passion for singing.
When Christine arrives at the Opéra Garnier, she was described as "sounding like a rusty hinge", but one person found the beauty hidden in her voice. When Erik, the Phantom of the Opera began to tutor her, he told her that he is the "Angel of Music" of whom her father had spoken. She believed him, and he inspired her soul back into her voice. Christine debuted at a gala at the opera in place of the singer Carlotta, who had fallen ill. Christine's singing was described as "seraphic".
Christine became torn between her loyalty for her mentor, Erik, and her love for her childhood friend Viscount Raoul de Chagny.
In the Lofficier translation of the novel, Christine's age is given as 15 years old. However, this is a mistranslation of a passage that says her heart was "as pure as that of a 15 year old". The evidence of Christine's childhood friendship with Raoul, and her studies at the Paris Conservatoire, put her age at 20.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical The Phantom of the Opera
Christine is a chorus girl, who becomes the object of obsession, passion and love for the mysterious Phantom of the Opera. He becomes her mentor, and with his help, she is chosen to replace the company's prima donna, Carlotta. When she falls in love with her childhood sweetheart, Raoul, the Phantom kidnaps Christine in a jealous rage and drags her down to his lair. She is forced to choose between the Phantom and Raoul, but her compassion for the Phantom moves him to free them both and allow them to flee.
The film version of the musical follows the musical's script closely, but Christine's age is reduced. Her gravemark says that she was born in 1854, and the beginning the movie shows the setting as 1870, so that makes her 15 or 16 years old.
In the novel, Christine's loving father is named Daddy Daaé. In the musical, he is called Gustave, and in Sarah Brightman's music video version of "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again", his name is Charles.
Several researchers claim the character Christine Daaé was based upon the real-life Swedish-born opera star Christina Nilsson, also known as Kristina Nilsson or Christine Nilsson. This claim is unverified by any official source, but it is supported by several biographical similarities between Nilsson and Daaé. The most obvious is that Nilsson, like Daaé, was born in Sweden and trained in Paris.
- Mary Philbin played Christine in the 1925 American silent version by Rupert Julian, The Phantom of the Opera.
- Susanna Foster played Christine DuBois in the 1943 Technicolor version, Phantom of the Opera.
- Heather Sears played Christine Charles in the 1962 version of The Phantom of the Opera.
- Jane Seymour played Christine in the 1983 TV movie version.
- Christina Collier played her in Ken Hill's camp-classical musical version in 1984.
- Sarah Brightman debuted the role in the 1986 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.
- Patti Cohenour debuted the role in the 1986 Broadway production, alternating with Sarah Brightman. Cohenour was thus the first American Christine and went on to reprise the role for the First Canadian National Tour.
- Glory Crampton originated the role in the much revived Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit 1990 musical Phantom.
- Jill Schoelen played Christine Day in Dwight H. Little's 1989 film version.
- Rebecca Caine debuted the role in the Canadian production (1989) and featured on the Canadian Cast album.
- Teri Polo took the role in the 1990 television miniseries version.
- American Janet Marie Chvatal performed the role in 1991-1992 in the German version of Das Phantom der Oper in Vienna, Austria.
- Asia Argento played her in the 1998 film
- Claudia Cota played her twice in The Phantom of the Opera (musical 2000) by Morris Gilbert in Mexico and Player her on Phantom of the Opera (musical 2009) in Argentina by Harold Prince.
- Emmy Rossum played her in the 2004 film version of the Lloyd Webber musical.
- Sierra Boggess first played Christine in the 2006 version of the Lloyd Webber musical, Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular. In 2010 she originated the role in Lloyd Webber's sequel, Love Never Dies. She next played Christine in the 25th Anniversary concert, The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall, in 2011,on Broadway in 2013 and 2014, and in Paris to celebrate the show's 30th anniversary in 2016.
- Samantha Hill understudied the role during Boggess' tenure, and took over the lead on Broadway from 2012 to 2013.
- Kimilee Bryant played the role in the Lloyd Webber musical on Broadway (1994–95; 1998; 2009–2012 occasionally) and in the Swiss (in German; 1995–96), U.S. National Tour (1996–98) and Toronto (1999) productions.
- Gina Beck played the role in the Lloyd Webber musical in London.
- Sofia Escobar played the role of Christine Daaé, in The The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, from 2010 to 2013.
- Jennifer Hope Wills played Christine in the Lloyd Webber musical on Broadway and on a Canadian tour of the musical.
- Julia Udine played Christine on Broadway in the Lloyd Webber musical from 2014-2016, after playing the role in the North American tour in 2013–2014.
- Ali Ewoldt has been playing Christine on Broadway in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical since 2016. She is the first Asian-American actress to be cast in the lead role.
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- Program book for the Vienna Production of Phantom of the Opera (November, 1990 / 2. Publication October, 1991) Programmbuch zur Aufführung des Musicals Das Phantom der Oper
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