Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again – Phantom of the Opera

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The Phantom of the Opera is one of the most popular and well-known musicals of all time. And with good reason – the music is beautiful, the story is moving, and the characters are unforgettable. If you’re a fan of the Phantom of the Opera, then you’ve probably wished you could be somehow be transported back to the world of the musical.

Well, now you can! With our new blog series, Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, you can rel


“Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” is a song from the musical The Phantom of the Opera. It is sung by the Phantom to his former lover, Christine Daae.

The song reflects the Phantom’s deep longing for Christine and his regrets at not being able to be with her in the waking world. He sings of how, even though she cannot see or hear him, he is always with her in spirit.

The song has become one of the most popular songs from The Phantom of the Opera and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical repertoire. It has been covered by many artists, including Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Charlotte Church, and Annie Lennox.

The Story of the Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera is a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux. It was first published in serialization form in 1909-1910 and was later published in novel form in 1911. The novel is set in the Paris Opera House and tells the story of a phantom who lives in the catacombs underneath the opera house and falls in love with a chorus girl, Christine.

The Characters

The Phantom of the Opera is a novel by Gaston Leroux. The novel tells the story of a young opera singer, Christine Daaé, who is terrorized by a phantom in the opera house where she works. The phantom, who has been living in the basement of the opera house, falls in love with Christine and demands that she become his bride. When Christine refuses, the phantom terrorizes her and the other members of the opera company. The novel was first published in 1909 and has been adapted into several films and stage productions.

The Plot

The story of The Phantom of the Opera is set in Paris in the late nineteenth century, and revolves around the efforts of a young soprano named Christine Daaé to become a successful opera singer. Christine is taken under the wing of a mysterious man known only as “the Opera Ghost” who takes up residence in the basement of the Paris Opera House. The Opera Ghost is really a disfigured man named Erik, who was once an acclaimed architect and designer but was driven into hiding by his deformities.

Erik helps Christine to become a star, but his love for her is unrequited as she falls instead for Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny, a young nobleman. When Erik’s attempts to make Christine love him back fail, he takes her captive and forces her to wear a mask so that she can never see his face.

The story culminates in a dramatic confrontation between Erik and Raoul in which Christine finally learns the truth about Erik’s past. Erik gives up his fight for Christine’s love and allows her to go free with Raoul, after which he disappears from the Paris Opera House forever.

The Music of the Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera is a timeless story set to some of the most beautiful music ever written. The score was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and includes songs like “Think of Me,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” and “Music of the Night.” The music is truly one of the highlights of the show.

The Songs

There are a total of 34 songs in the musical, including an overture and an epilogue. The opening song is “The Phantom of the Opera”, sung by the phantom. It is followed by “Angel of Music”, in which the phantom tutors Christine. “Little Lotte”/”The Mirror” is a duet sung by Christine and the phantom in which he encourages her to look into her soul via a mirror he has conjured. In “The Phantom of the Opera,” the phantom laments his physical deformities and sings about being an “angel of music”.

The next song, “The Music of the Night”, is sung by the phantom as he tries to lure Christine into his lair. It is followed by “I Remember/Stranger Than You Dreamt It”, a duet sung by Christine and Raoul in which she remembers when they were children and he tells her that the present situation is stranger than anything they could have imagined.

“Magical Lasso” is sung by Piangi, one of the opera’s lead singers, as he tries to captures Christine’s heart with his voice. It is followed by “Notes/Prima Donna”, in which the phantom writes a letter to Christine asking her to be his new leading lady and she reads it aloud to first year students at the Paris Conservatoire, where she teaches.

In “Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh”, Madame Giry, head of the ballet company at the Paris Opera House, scolds Meg Giry, her daughter, for being infatuated with Raoul. The song that follows, ” Why Have You Brought Me Here?/Raoul I’ve Been There “, is sung by Christine as she confronts the phantom in his lair and he tells her that he wants her to be his new leading lady.

In “All I Ask of You”, Christine agrees to be the phantom’s new leading lady on condition that he does not harm Raoul. They sing this duet as they stand on opposite sides of a chandelier suspended above the stage. The next song, ” All I Ask of You (Reprise) “, is sung by Raoul after he has been reunited with Christine and promises never to leave her again.

The following song, “(He’s) The Phantom ofthe Opera”, is sung by Piangi as he spreads rumours aboutthe phantom throughout Paris. In “Point Of No Return”,the phantom sings about how there is no turning back for him now that he has chosen to make Christine his leading lady. This leads into another duet between him and Christine,” Entr’acte “, which is sung as they descend intohe depths of the opera house where his lair is located.” Masquerade “/” Why So Silent? “is sung at a masquerade ball atwhich every guest has come disguised as a monarch or other famous historical figure.

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The Composer

The music of the Phantom of the Opera was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. He is a British composer and impresario of musical theatre. Several of his musicals have been run for more than a decade both in the West End and on Broadway. They have been seen by more than 130 million people in 165 cities and 11 languages around the world.

Lloyd Webber has composed 13 musicals, a song cycle, a set of variations, two film scores, and a Latin Requiem Mass. His company, The Really Useful Group, owns eight London theatres and has produced evidence that Lloyd Webber’s work has contributed £2 billion to the British economy.

The Impact of the Phantom of the Opera

On Broadway

The Phantom of the Opera first opened on Broadway at Majestic Theatre on January 26, 1988. The production went on to win seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Phantom was also a smashing success in the West End, where it is still playing today. The musical has been performed in more than 150 cities in 27 countries and has been translated into 15 languages.

On Film

The Phantom of the Opera has been adapted for film several times. The most famous adaptation is probably the 1925 version starring Lon Chaney, but there have been others since then, including a 1943 color version starring Claude Rains and a 2004 musical starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum.

The 1925 film was a critical and box office success, and it helped to cement Chaney’s reputation as a master of horror. The 1943 film was less successful, although it did win an Academy Award for Best Cinematography. The 2004 musical was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $154 million at the box office worldwide.

The Phantom of the Opera has also been adapted for television, stage, and radio. The most famous stage adaptation is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, which opened in London in 1986 and has since been staged all over the world.


And so, “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” is a beautiful, touching ballad that has become one of the most popular songs from “The Phantom of the Opera.” It is a song of longing and hope, of memory and loss, and it speaks to the human need for connection and love. Whether you are a fan of the musical or not, this song is sure to tug at your heartstrings and leave you with a sense of wistfulness.

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