The tremendously popular and well-known Andrew Lloyd Webberâ€™s 1986 musical production of The Phantom of the Opera was based on the French novel Le Fantome de l'Opera written by Gaston Leroux in1910 (Leroux, 1910/1990). The original novel gave little direct details with respect to Erikâ€™s past; what was abundant however were hints and implications about the characterâ€™s life history throughout the book (Leroux, 1910/1990).Erik was actually not his birth name but rather a name given to him by accident, and Leroux had simply called him â€œthe manâ€™s voiceâ€� in the novel; Erik, however, had referred himself as â€œthe opera ghostâ€� and â€œthe angel of musicâ€� throughout the texts (Leroux, 1910/1990). The history of Erik was revealed in the novel mostly by the character Persia (also known as the Persian or the daroga), a local police chief in Persia that followed Erik to Paris.
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