The legendary rumours of an 'opera ghost' take on a terrifying reality when the beautiful young singer Christine Daae suddenly disappears after her triumphant performance. An ever increasing pattern of fear and violence pervades the dim backstage areas of the Opera House as the phantom threatens to strike once more. Paperback The source material for Andrew Lloyd Webber's international stage phenomenon. Gaston Leroux (1868-1927) French mystery novelist playwright journalist. Leroux is best known for his Le Fantôme de l'opéra (1910).