The tale begins as an investigation into the strange stories of an “Opera ghost,” legendary for scaring performers as they sit alone in their dressing rooms or walk along the building’s labyrinthine corridors. Some even think they’ve seen the ghost in evening clothes moving in the shadows. But it isn’t until the triumphant performance of beautiful soprano Christine Daaé that the Phantom begins his attacks—striking terror in the hearts of everyone in the theater. A story that has captured the imagination for a century, The Phantom of the Opera continues to this day as an unparalleled work of sheer entertainment.
With an Introduction by Dr. John L. Flynn
and an Afterword by J.R. Ward
Esta fascinante historia recrea el mito de la Bella y la Bestia: una joven y delicada artista es el objeto de amor un tenebroso ser que oculta su identidad tras una máscara. Para conseguir a su amada Christine, una bailarina convertida en diva, este ser atormentado por su deformidad y fealdad revive su pasado de inventor de trampas y mazmorras.
Publicada por primera vez por entregas en 1909, El fantasma de la Ópera es uno de los argumentos preferidos del teatro y el cine por el misterio de la trama, la progresión del horror, el extremado y melodramático amor del protagonista y las imaginativas posibilidades del espacio creado por Leroux. Su fama se revalida en el éxito mundial del musical de Andrew Lloyd Weber que sigue en las tablas desde 1986.
Constantly moving through an ever-pervading dark atmosphere of spine-tingling menace in its portrayal of Erik, the grotesque and elusive ‘phantom’, who conceals himself in the grim labyrinthine depths of the Paris Opera, while his obsessive love burns for the beautiful Christine.
“The Opera ghost really existed. He was not, as was long believed, a creature of the imagination… Yes, he existed in flesh and blood, although he assumed the complete appearance of a real phantom…”
'Look! You want to see! See! Feast your eyes, glut your soul on my cursed ugliness! Look at Erik's face! Now you know the face of the voice!’
Living secretly beneath the Paris Opera House, 'The Phantom of the Opera', Erik has haunted those who work there with his demands and shrouded the opera house in fear with the legend of his disfigured face. When Christine joins the company, a young woman with a beautiful voice, Erik is instantly smitten and secretly teaches her to become a great singer. He soon develops an obsessive love for his beautiful protégé, even though she has fallen for her childhood friend, resulting in her disappearance during a performance and sparking a tragic and terrifying chain of events.
One of the most well-known and well-loved gothic horror stories, Leroux's suspenseful tale of unrequited love, passion and tragedy is both dark and moving in its portrayal of Erik, the anti-hero in his yearning for Christine.
This thrilling novel and its many adaptations have beguiled the imaginations of countless audiences throughout the twentieth century. A gripping tale of longing passion, fear, and violence, the mystery classic will hold readers captive as it weaves its way toward a shocking and tragic conclusion.