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Karimloo at Musikfest Cafe

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Ramin Karimloo, who played the Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall," which was telecast on PBS, including PBS39 this past March, for the musical's 25th anniversary, performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Musikfest Cafe at ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

He has been critically acclaimed as one of, if not the, greatest Phantoms of all time.

Sony Masterworks released Karimloo's debut album, "Human Heart," in June. The recording includes songs that Ramin has performed on stage, including "Music of the Night" from "The Phantom Of The Opera," as well as "'Til I Hear You Sing" from its sequel, "Love Never Dies."

The CD also includes new songs from writers such as Ryan Tedder and Greg Wells (Adele, Leona Lewis), new takes on songs from Muse and Bryan Adams, original material from Karimloo and a new song from Tony-Award winning songwriters Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater ("Spring Awakening").

Karimloo is an Iranian-born Canadian vocalist and performer who made a big impact on London's West End for his work as the Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera" and Jean Valjean in Cameron Mackintosh's West End production of "Les Misérables."

He originated the leading role in "Love Never Dies," sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera," in 2010, for which he received an Olivier Award nomination.

His 12-date tour begins Sept. 5 in Atlanta and concludes Sept. 21 in Albany, with stops in Toronto, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia, among other cities.