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Filipina Actress Joanna Ampil to Star in London’s West End Production of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

Joanna Ampil
Filipina film and theater actress Joanna Ampil is set to join the cast of the renowned musical “The Phantom of the Opera” in London’s West End. Ampil will take on the role of Carlotta Giudicelli, the opera’s prima donna, who views the female lead, Christine Daaé, as a threat.

A Dream Role Fulfilled

Joanna Ampil

Ampil shared her excitement on social media, describing this opportunity as a significant milestone in her career. “It’s one of those shows from my generation that I’ve always wanted to do. Carlotta Giudicelli is a dream to sing and play!” she remarked. The role is a “huge tick off” her bucket list, showcasing her passion and dedication to her craft.

This achievement is particularly meaningful for Ampil, who had previously auditioned for the role nearly two decades ago. Reflecting on her journey, she noted, “As devastating as it was, it just wasn’t the right time for me then. But now, I’m in the 2024-25 Phantom cast!!!” Her persistence and resilience have finally paid off, landing her a coveted spot in this iconic production.

A Star-Studded Career

Joanna Ampil is no stranger to the international stage. She has played leading roles in several major productions, including:

  • Kim in Miss Saigon: Ampil starred in the original Australian production, the original United Kingdom and Ireland Tour, and the 10th Anniversary Performance.
  • Fantine in Les Misérables: She performed in the London & Windsor Concert for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II & the Royal Family.
  • Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music: Ampil played this role at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre in Manila from 2011 to 2012.

Ampil expressed her enthusiasm about joining the cast and crew of “The Phantom of the Opera”. Her extensive experience and remarkable talent make her a valuable addition to the production, and fans eagerly await her performance as Carlotta Giudicelli.

Joanna Ampil’s casting in “The Phantom of the Opera” marks another significant achievement in her illustrious career, underscoring her status as a versatile and accomplished performer on the global stage.


Joanna Ampil’s addition to the cast of “The Phantom of the Opera” is a testament to her unwavering dedication and exceptional talent. Her journey from a hopeful audition nearly two decades ago to finally embodying the role of Carlotta Giudicelli is a powerful narrative of perseverance and passion.

As she steps into this iconic role on the West End stage, Ampil not only fulfills a personal dream but also continues to inspire audiences with her remarkable performances. This milestone further solidifies her status as a versatile and accomplished performer, celebrated both in her home country and internationally. Fans and theater enthusiasts alike eagerly anticipate her debut, confident that her portrayal will bring new depth and brilliance to the beloved musical.


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Written by Marjo Piedad

Traveler | Foodie | CONTENT EDITOR
📍Cebu, Philippines
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