A new special Global Edition album by The Phantom of the Opera was released today by Universal Records.
The Phantom of the Opera Global Edition is an eight-disc streaming version featuring complete cast recordings in seven languages: Korean (2009), Polish (2008), Hungarian (2003), Mexican Spanish (2000), German ( 1990), Swedish (1989) and Japanese (1988). Each of these albums was released at the time of recording, but are now presented together on one album, digitally for the first time.
In addition to the full soundtracks, the first disc of the Special Edition is a 15-track compilation, which includes the new 2022 West End cast recording of The Phantom of the Opera title track performed by Killian Donnelly and Lucy St. Louis at the Platinum Party in the Palace to honor Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
This album represents over 30 years of The Phantom of the Operathe iconic story of – from the Japanese recording made in 1988 to the new London track released in 2022.
Since its opening in 1986, The Phantom of the Opera was one of the most spectacular and successful productions in history, playing to over 145 million people in 183 cities in 17 languages. The Phantom of the Opera ran for over 30 years in the West End and on Broadway. It is Broadway’s longest-running show and has received more than 70 major theater awards, including seven Tony Awards and four Olivier Awards.
Since the show premiered, the demand for local language tracks and albums has been huge. From today, this new The Phantom of the Opera Global Edition will be available worldwide on all major streaming platforms, allowing fans to enjoy the album in their native language or explore the iconic music in new ways.
The launch of the global edition comes as RUG forms a new joint venture with Antonio Banderas to create new high-quality Spanish language productions for Hispanic audiences, and the first Mandarin version of The Phantom of the Operapresented by SMG Live, will be released in China in 2023. This version will be co-created by the producers of The Phantom of the Opera World Tour, RUG and TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT. Dates and places to be confirmed in due course.