The Phantom on Film


Celebrating Gaston Leroux’s 150th birthday, Dr Cormac Newark (Guildhall School of Music & Drama), Dr Annette Davison (University of Edinburgh) and Dr John Snelson (Royal Opera House) will explore the very many ways opera’s most famous off-shoot, The Phantom of the Opera, has inspired and infiltrated cultures around the world, offering a rich subject for re-interpretation in media ranging from ballet to musical theatre.

Experts from the worlds of literature, film and opera will look in particular at the very many screen adaptations of Leroux’s Le Fantôme de l’Opéra (1909-10) in places as far apart as Latin America and China, showing how this unique record of the most important social and artistic institution in the ‘capital of the nineteenth century’, Paris, has proved no less meaningful in the period since its publication.

This event is a collaboration with Screen adaptations of Le Fantôme de l’Opéra: Routes of Cultural Transfer, a research project led by Dr Cormac Newark of Guildhall School of Music & Drama and generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust.

Related / Latest Publication:
Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera, translated by Mireille Ribière (Penguin Classics, April 2012)
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Double bill Talk + Screening of The Phantom of Paradise: £15, £13 conc. & members

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Annette Davison Cormac Newark Gaston Leroux John Snelson