I was first introduced to the music by my daughter, Jessica Grové, who was cast as Fleur de Lys, and is alternating as Esmeralda in the Las Vegas production which opened on January 21, 2000. I am an opera and classical music lover, and felt that this "type" of music certainly is not for me. Then I went to see the opening performance in Las Vegas last week, and went back FIVE more times. If I did not have to return home, I would have stayed to watch several more performances. Since returning to Columbus, Ohio, I have not stopped playing the exquisite live recording of the French cast. From the haunting opening number extolling "The Age of the Cathedrals", to Esmeralda's lovely melodious lines, the beautiful duets and ensemble pieces such as "Belle" (is there a song ever written more beautiful than this?) to the lovely duet between Esmeralda and Fleur de Lys, all the songs by the gifted composer, Richard Cocciante are without exception outstanding, even, no, PARTICULARLY to an opera snob like myself. I was driving to work this morning and was listening to the beautiful, heartbreaking final song, Quasimodo's soaring plea as Esmeralda's spirit takes flight. I cried so hard, I lost my contact lens. If you love opera, if you love rock, if you love pop, if you love music... buy this CD even if you, like me, do not understand French. Then go to Las Vegas to see the English version so handsomely translated by Will Jennings ("My Heart Will Go On" - The Titanic), and so admirably performed by an outstanding US cast. And see if you don't go back for more, and more. And then listen to the CD again!