"Masquerade" is a song from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical The Phantom of the Opera. It is sung at the beginning of the second act where a New Year's masquerade ball is held at the Opera House. Several months have passed since the end of the first act and the cast and crew of the Opera House have heard nothing of the Phantom for that period of time, thus assuming that he had left them for good. The owners of the Opera, Andre and Firmin, are determined to celebrate this, as well as the "new chandelier" installed after the Phantom fell the last one (although this is changed to "our friends who are here" for the film, where the falling chandelier is moved until a later scene). Christine and Raoul also mention their secret engagement, each expressing doubt and that they need not be so silent about it.