Phantom of the Opera
PEI’s professional choir Luminos Ensemble, under the direction of Artistic Director Dr. Margot Rejskind, kicks off its seventh season with a reprise of a unique film-and-music event, Phantom of The Opera. Pairing the classic 1925 silent film with a fresh score by Toronto-based jazz bassist and composer Andrew Downing, the Ensemble’s first performance of this project in 2021 drew rave reviews from audiences and performers alike. Released by Universal Studios in 1925, The Phantom of The Opera is based on Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra. Director Rupert Julian’s adaptation stars Lon Chaney as the hideous Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, and Mary Philbin as Christine Daaé, the object of his obsessive love. Considered one of the best silent horror films ever made, it remains famous for Chaney’s ghastly, self-created make-up, which is said to have made audience members scream and faint at the premiere. Andrew Downing’s jazz-inspired score breathes fresh life into the story, using the words from the film itself. It will be performed live-to-film by the 16 Island singers that form Luminos Ensemble, along with a virtuoso instrumental group drawn from the newly-formed Luminos Chamber Orchestra, creating a unique experience for the audience. Luminos Ensemble will perform Phantom of the Opera on October 21 at 7:30 pm at the Scott MacAuley Performing Arts Centre in Summerside; and on October 28 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm at Florence Simmons Performance Hall in Charlottetown. Tickets can be purchased at luminosensemble.com.