The Phantom of the Opera Global Edition, a streaming release made up of eight discs, is released September 2 by Universal Records and is available globally on all major streaming platforms.
The recording features complete Phantom cast recordings in seven languages: Korean (2009), Polish (2008), Hungarian (2003), Mexican Spanish (2000), German (1990), Swedish (1989), and Japanese (1988). Also included is a 15-track highlights 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; that track was recorded at The Platinum Party in the Palace to honor Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
This album represents more than 30 years of The Phantom of the Opera’s history, from the Japanese recording made in 1988 to the new London track released in 2022. Since opening in 1986, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera has played to over 145 million people in 183 cities in 17 languages. The musical has run for over 30 years in the West End and on Broadway. It is Broadway’s longest-running show and has received over 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tonys and four Oliviers.
The launch of the Global Edition comes as Really Useful Group creates a joint venture with Antonio Banderas to create new, high quality Spanish-language productions for Hispanic audiences, and the first Mandarin language version of The Phantom of the Opera, presented by SMG Live, will open in China in 2023.