Ooooo baritone Phantom. Sounds very Leroux-esque. I'll have to check that out.
It's a shame that you don't get to travel, but I think that the entire show is posted at least once on the internet somewhere. You should look around. I think if you type "poto act 1" into Google videos, you can find some entire videos of the show. At least, that's what I do.
EDIT: I just listened to Thomas Hampson, and I say BRAVO. I understand that he's an actual opera singer so it was an interesting interitation to the song. However, I thought that it was a heavy and it sounds like he wasn't used to singing English. What nationality is he? Beautiful all the same.