Arguably the most well known Phantom of the Opera recording, the 1986 London cast recording stars Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman. The singing here is considered excellent, but it has been said that the musical score is not as present due to the stage setting.
The Phantom of the Opera Movie soundtrack features the talents of Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum. In this recording the music is well mixed, but the singing is not as strong on account of Butler and Rossum being actors who learned to sing instead of professional singers.
The Canadian cast recording of Phantom of the Opera stars Colm Wilkinson and Rebecca Caine in what many consider the finest recording of the famous musical. A combination of strong musical score and equally impressive vocals, this version is quickly becoming a fan favorite.