Thus begins the memoir of Christine Daaé, the gifted soprano immortalized in Gaston Leroux’s classic The Phantom of the Opera. In My Phantom, Christine reveals the truth behind an enduring legend. Her memoir tells the stories of a talented orphan struggling toward stardom and a throwaway boy determined to conquer opera’s greatest stage.
My Phantom chronicles the collaboration of two lonely people – a musical master and his exceptional student – who rescue each other from solitude as they strive to reach the pinnacle of their art and of the love triangle that destines one to remain forever alone.
Rich with details of the opera and the ballet, the memoir unfolds in the most intriguing opera house in the world. Outside lies Belle Époque Paris, where Impressionists form the vanguard of the beautiful era’s freewheeling and innovative spirit, and opera singers are the first global superstars. Café society has been born, and in the salons of the rich and the bistros of the artistic the emphasis is on pleasure and the talk is all about art and music and literature. My Phantom is the eighth novel of author Beth Quinn Barnard, writing as Anstance Tamplin.