but character actor Claude Rains rocked the phantom’s mask, too, playing the lovelorn, outcast violinist of the Paris Opera House. Sharing the screen with Susanna Foster and Nelson Eddy, Rains brought. A crazed composer (Claude Rains) transforms into a masked phantom who schemes to make a young soprano the star of the opera and wreak revenge on those who. When Gaston Leroux published THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA back in…