"The Music of the Night" is a song from the stage musical The Phantom of the Opera, as well as its various other performances and 2004 film adaptation. It features the enigmatic Phantom singing to his love interest and protagonist Christine Daaé.


Character Original West End Cast Original Broadway Cast Original U.S. Tour Cast Original Las Vegas Cast Royal Albert Hall Cast 2004 Film
The Phantom of the Opera Michael Crawford Michael Crawford Michael Crawford Brent Barrett

Anthony Crivello

Ramin Karimloo Gerard Butler


Nighttime sharpens, heightens each sensation
Darkness stirs and wakes imagination
Silently the senses abandon their defenses

Slowly, gently, night unfurls its splendor
Grasp it, sense it, tremulous and tender
Turn your face away from the garish light of day
Turn your thoughts away from cold, unfeeling light
And listen to the music of the night

Close your eyes and surrender to your darkest dreams
Purge your thoughts of the life you knew before
Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar
And you'll live as you've never lived before

Softly, deftly, music shall surround you
Feel it, hear it closing in around you
Open up your mind, let your fantasies unwind
In this darkness which you know you cannot fight
The darkness of the music of the night

Let your mind start a journey to a strange new world
Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before
Let your soul take you where you long to be
Only then can you belong to me

Floating, falling, sweet intoxication
Touch me, trust me, savor each sensation
Let the dream begin, let your darker side give in
To the power of the music that I write
The power of the music of the night

You alone can make my song take flight
Help me make the music of the night

Other Appearances

  • In 2011, the song was performed at a production of the musical a the Royal Albert Hall, performed by the Phantom's actor Ramin Karimloo.
  • The Broadway version of the song was featured on the albums The Phantom of the Opera (Remastered 2000), Michael Crawford Performs Andrew Lloyd Webber, and The Best of Broadway: The American Musical.
  • The film version was featured on the 2004 soundtrack The Phantom of the Opera.




2004 Film




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The Phantom of the Opera
Angel of MusicThe Mirror/Angel of Music (Reprise)The Phantom of the OperaThe Music of the NightI Remember/Stranger Than You Dreamt ItMagical LassoAll I Ask Of You (Reprise)Why So SilentWandering Child/Bravo, Monsieur...The Point of No Return

Love Never Dies
'Til I Hear You SingBeneath a Moonless SkyOnce Upon Another TimeMother Please, I'm Scared!Ten Long Years of YearningThe Beauty UnderneathPhantom Confronts ChristineDevil Take the HindmostBefore the PerformanceAh, Christine!

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