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Feb. 4th, 2009 @ 12:42 pm SQUEE!
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Original Christine
silver_rose86:
Current Mood: excitedexcited
As most phans that know me know, I love Steve Barton. I feel his Raoul was one of the best interps, his Phantom (the little we've heard of it) is awesome and his Graf is phenomenal. Bringing me to my point. I stumbled across a live recording, on youtube, of Steve's first performance as Erik. Not the one with Rebecca Luker we're all used to. Thought I'd share...



He really is in my top five of favourite Phantoms. Makes me sad I lost all my bootlegs and audio shows... I have nothing to trade anymore. *le sigh*
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From:phantom24601
Date:February 4th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
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He's in my top 5 too. His Phantom seems very under-rated to me.
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From:silver_rose86
Date:February 4th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure why people ignore his Phantom, other than the fact that he was most famously Raoul and that he was an humble understudy to the great Michael Crawford *insert sarcastic sniff* Now, don't get me wrong, I love Michael dearly, but there are other Phantoms out there, even an overshadowed understudy.
One thing about Steve's performance that draws me in, is how raw it is. You can definitely hear the developing Phantom as we see it today, as they hadn't sorted out the kinks yet. Particularly, having a Baritone in the role rather than a Tenor.
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From:ladycdaae
Date:March 10th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
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Hmm, that high E sounded a little off to me...but otherwise, a VERY good interpretation! Steve will always be my Raoul, but he does a damn good Phantom too.

~LCD
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From:silver_rose86
Date:March 10th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I've gotten to the point I nearly always ignore Christine. At least in the English speaking variety of POTO. I'm just not impressed with sopranos in America as of late.
I agree Steve is and always will be the epitome of Raoul, but I really think he found his niche when he played Graf. That was the role of a lifetime for him.