Phantom of the Opera star Amy Manford shares some of her favourite local haunts.

It’s one of the most successful musicals of all time, and it’s returning to Melbourne. Opera Australia’s Phantom of the Opera (from 30 October) is a stunning new production arriving at Arts Centre Melbourne. In the starring role of Christine Daaé is soprano and Melbourne local Amy Manford (pictured with co-stars Josh Piterman and Blake Bowden), who last played the role on London’s West End. “Aside from the stunning music and beautiful, elaborate costumes, I love playing Christine because of her journey and growth as a character throughout the show,” says Amy. 

Here, Amy tells us about some of her favourite Melbourne places.

Where do you get your day-starter coffee?

At Lune – the coffee and croissants are worth the wait.

Where would you suggest the family go for dinner before the show?

Pellegrini’s is a bit of a Melbourne institution. Get the lasagne. 

What if you’re on a date and looking for a drink after the show?

If you fancy sitting on a rooftop overlooking the lights of Parliament House, Siglo. Otherwise, Bar Margaux is very cosy and serves cocktails and French dishes. 

Best spot for a celebratory dinner? 

Chin Chin is always buzzing, from the minute it opens until late into the night. The Thai dishes are so tasty and many feature a lot of chilli. 

Do you have a favourite place to take friends visiting Melbourne? 

The MCG for an afternoon of footy. It’s the quintessential Melbourne experience.

What’s your favourite attraction?

Is it cheating to say Arts Centre Melbourne? Obviously, this is where Phantom is playing, but there are always incredible productions here every night of the year.

A version of this article first appeared in our spring 2022 Melbourne and Victoria Official Guide.

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