John Owen-Jones as the Phantom Katie Hall as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera – UK Tour. Photo credit Michael Le Poer Trench

Opera Australia in association with The Really Useful Group, will present Cameron  Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom Of The  Opera in Sydney and Melbourne.  

The much-anticipated production will premiere at the Sydney Opera House from 19 August,  marking the first time in the show’s history that it will play at this iconic venue. It will then move to Arts Centre Melbourne from 30 October. 

This exciting new production of The Phantom of the Opera broke box office records at the Opera  House when tickets went on sale in 2021, and now with only 6 weeks until the curtain rises, Opera  Australia has announced that three final shows have been added to the season. 

The anticipation is also building throughout the company with the start of rehearsals today in  Sydney. They have all waited patiently to get into the rehearsal room over the past 12 months and  now the moment is here as they finally start working on one of the most successful and celebrated  musicals of our time. 

The cast will be led by Josh Piterman in the coveted lead role of The Phantom and joining him in  this new Australian production, making her Australian theatre debut, Perth’s own Amy Manford will take on the role of the ingénue Christine Daaé and Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny will be played  by acclaimed musical theatre star Blake Bowden.

Starring alongside the lead cast will be Australian musical theatre stalwart David Whitney playing  shrewd theatre manager Monsieur Firmin, the newly appointed theatre manager Monsieur Andrè will be played by experienced musical and opera performer Andy Morton, soprano Giuseppina  Grech will play the role of opera diva Carlotta Guidicelli, seasoned musical theatre performer Jayde Westaby will take on the role of ballet mistress Madame Giry, the Italian opera singer  Ubaldo Piangi will be played by classical crossover artist Paul Tabone, and newcomer Mietta  White will play young ballerina Meg Giry. 

Joining them will be the talented ensemble cast including Elliot Baker, Anton Berezin, Laura  Bianchi-Bishop, Eleanor Blythman, Gavin Brown, Ben Clark, Bridget Costello, Andrew  Dunne, Lewis Francis, Christina Gibbs, Claudia Hastings, Olivia Jenkins, Daniel Koek,  Naomi Livingston, Josephine Lonergan, Aaron Lynch, Lucy MacFarlane, Kayleigh Marven,  Emma McFarlane, Lachlan O’Brien, Brittany Page, Edward Smith, Anna Stephens, Tod  Strike, Troy Sussman, Raphael Wong, Jack Wunsch and Elisha Zion Lee. 

This spectacular new staging by Cameron Mackintosh premiered with a record-breaking sell-out  tour of the UK followed by a 7-year tour of the United States which grossed over US$400 million  and thrilled critics and audiences alike. Australia is now only the third country to see this new  Phantom with its beloved and thrilling score including the hit songs The Music of the Night, All I  Ask of You and Masquerade. With stunning new staging and scenic design, Maria Björnson’s 

iconic original costumes and many special effects including a spectacular new realisation of the  show’s chandelier. It will be performed in Australia by a cast and orchestra of 65, making it one of  the largest musical productions ever in Australia. 

The Sydney season of Phantom is supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major  events agency Destination NSW. 

Directed by Laurence Connor with choreography by Scott Ambler, set design by Paul Brown,  Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony  Award®-winner Paule Constable and sound design by Mick Potter, The Phantom Of The Opera has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard  Stilgoe), book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber, orchestrations by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber. This new production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron  Mackintosh

The Phantom Of The Opera in Australia is directed by Seth Sklar-Heyn and produced by  Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Group and Opera Australia.  

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House 19 August – 16 October 2022 State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne from 30 October 2022