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|Created by||Gaston Leroux|
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Madame Valérius (adoptive mother)|
Daddy Daaé (father, deceased)
|Spouse(s)||Viscount Raoul de Chagny|
Christine Daaé is a fictional character and the female protagonist of Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera. She is a young singer with whom the main character Erik, the Phantom of the Opera falls in love.
Her mother died when she was six. Raised by her father, they are travelling to fairs where he plays the violin and she sings. They are discovered at one of these fairs by Professor Valérius, who takes them to Gothenburg and then to Paris, providing for Christine's education.
Christine is extremely close to her father, who tells her Scandinavian fairy-tales; a tale of the "Angel of Music" is her favourite. Christine enters the Paris Conservatoire and trains for four years to become a professional singer to please her father and Mamma Valérius, the bedridden wife of the late Professor. However, by the end of the four years, she has lost all passion for singing.
When Christine arrives at the Opera Garnier, she is described as 'sounding like a rusty hinge', but one person finds the beauty hidden in her tone. When Erik begins to tutor her, he tells her that he is the "Angel of Music" of whom her father had spoken (Erik tells her this because he has fallen in love with her). She believes him, and he inspires her soul back into her voice. Christine debuts at a gala at the opera, after the singer Carlotta falls ill and she is asked to take her place. Christine's singing is described as "seraphic".
Christine becomes torn between her loyalty for her mentor Erik, and her love for her childhood friend Viscount Raoul de Chagny.
In the Lofficier translation of the novel, it is stated that Christine is 15 years old. However, this is a mistranslation of a passage which says her heart was 'as pure as that of a 15 year old.' The evidence of Christine's childhood friendship with Raoul, and her studies at the Paris Conservatoire, put her age at 20.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera
Christine Daaé, a chorus girl, becomes the object of obsession, passion, and love for the mysterious Phantom of the Opera, who becomes her mentor. With his help, she is chosen to replace the company's prima donna. When she falls in love with her childhood sweetheart, Raoul, the Phantom kidnaps Christine in a jealous rage, and drags her down to his lair. She is forced to choose between the Phantom and Raoul, but her compassion for the Phantom moves him to free them both and allow them to flee.
Although this character mainly follows the plot of the musical, her age is altered to that of a teenager. Her gravemark says that she was born in 1854, and at the beginning the movie shows that the movie takes place in 1870, so that makes her 15 or 16 years old.
Christine has a father who loved her very much. In the Sarah Brightman music video version of "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again", his name is revealed to be "Charles". In the Andrew Lloyd Webber version of the story, his name is "Gustave"; in the novel Christine refers to him as "Daddy Daaé".
Several researchers claim the character Christine Daaé was based upon the real-life Swedish-born opera star Christina Nilsson, also known as Kristina Nilsson or Christine Nilsson. This claim is unverified by any official source, but it is supported by several biographical similarities between Nilsson and Daaé. The most obvious is that Nilsson, like Daaé, was born in Sweden and trained in Paris.
The first actress to portray Christine Daaé was Aud Egede-Nissen in the 1916 German silent version by Ernst Matray, Das Gespenst im Opernhaus or Das Phantom der Oper, also starring Nils Olaf Chrisander.
- Mary Philbin played Christine in the 1925 American silent version by Rupert Julian, The Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney, Sr.
- Susanna Foster played Christine DuBois in the 1943 Technicolor version, Phantom of the Opera, starring Claude Rains.
- Jane Seymour played Christine in the 1983 TV movie version.
- Christina Collier played her in Ken Hill's camp-classical musical version in 1984.
- Patti Cohenour debuted the role in the 1986 Broadway Production alongside Sarah Brightman. Patti was the first American Christine Daaé. Patti Cohenour went on to reprise the role for the First Canadian National Tour.
- Rebecca Caine debuted the role in the Canadian production (1989) and featured on the Canadian Cast album.
- American soprano Janet Marie Chvatal performed the role in 1991-1992 in the German version of Das Phantom der Oper in Vienna, Austria.
- Claudia Cota played her twice in the Phantom of the Opera (musical 2000) by Morris Gilbert in Mexico and Player her on Phantom of the Opera (musical 2009) in Argentina by Harold Prince.
- Sierra Boggess first played Christine in the 2006 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Phantom — The Las Vegas Spectacular and the 25th Anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011. In 2011 she also originated the role in Love Never Dies. She played Christine on Broadway in 2013 alongside Hugh Panaro and in 2014 alongside Norm Lewis.
- Gina Beck previously played the role in London.
- Jennifer Hope Wills played Christine on Broadway and on a Canadian tour of the musical.
- Marni Raab  played Christine on Broadway, 3rd National Tour, and in the original World Tour company.
- Anna O'Byrne played Christine in The Phantom of the Opera in 2009 and in the Australian production of Love Never Dies.
- Katie Hall played the role in the new UK tour, after having been understudy and alternate in the London production.
- Mary Michael Patterson played Christine in the broadway production of <The Phantom of the Opera> - 2014
- Julia Udine is currently playing Christine in the North American tour of the broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera - 2014
- "Emilie Lynn" is currently the principal Christine in the World Tour of The Phantom of the Opera 2015 after performing as the alternate in the World Tour (Manila, Seoul, Daegu) from 2012 thru 2014.
- Jussi Björling Museum: Four Great Nordic Singers
- NYSL Library Notes: Status: In Cataloging (1 October 2008)
- Linton, Elizabeth Lynn. The Rebel of the Family p. 362, ISBN 1-55111-293-0
- Hollingsworth, Amy Gifts of Passage: What the Dying Tell Us with the Gifts They Leave Behind p. 38, ISBN 0-8499-1920-7
- Eriksson, Lill. Förtrollad av Fantomen för snart 100:e gången (Swedish) Eventnews.se
- Program book for the Vienna Production of Phantom of the Opera (November, 1990 / 2. Publication October, 1991) Programmbuch zur Aufführung des Musicals Das Phantom der Oper
- Broadway.com press release
- Leroux, Gaston; Wolf, Leonard (editor) (2004). The Phantom of the Opera. I Books. ISBN 0-7434-9836-4.
- The Phantom of the Opera free e-book, Project Gutenberg
- "Phantom of the Opera FAQ". How old are the Phantom and Christine?. Retrieved 2 October 2009.
- "Phantom Appreciation Society". a history of. Retrieved 13 March 2005.[dead link]