Phantom of the Opera

Carolus Fonta was the lead baritone singer in Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera. While he has no major role, he was mentioned to be the one to announce Christine Daaé’s disappearance.


  • The forename, ‘‘Carolus’’ is a Latinized form of ‘‘Charles.’’
  • The name can be translated as ‘‘man,’’ ‘‘army,’’ or, ‘‘warrior.’’


  • Carolus is mentioned a total of four times in the novel:

‘‘The famous baritone, Carolus Fonta, had hardly finished Doctor Faust's first appeal to the powers of darkness’’ (Ch. 5: A Visit to Box Five)

‘‘Carolus Fonta wondered if she was ill, if she could keep the stage until the end of the Garden Act.’’ (Ch. 13: A Master-Stroke of the Trap-Door Lover)

‘‘What witchcraft had snatched her, away before the eyes of thousands of enthusiastic onlookers and from the arms of Carolus Fonta himself?’’ (Ch. 13: A Master-Stroke of the Trap-Door Lover)

‘‘At last, the curtain rose slowly and Carolus Fonta stepped to the conductor's desk and, in a sad and serious voice, said: "Ladies and gentlemen, an unprecedented event has taken place and thrown us into a state of the greatest alarm. Our sister-artist, Christine Daaé, has disappeared before our eyes and nobody can tell us how!" (Ch. 13: A Master-Stroke of the Trap-Door Lover)