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Sarah Brightman
Sarah Brightman at the opening ceremony of 2007 World Championships in Athletics
Sarah Brightman at the opening ceremony of 2007 World Championships in Athletics
Background information
Born August 14, 1960 (1960-08-14) (age 47)
Origin Flag of England Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England
Genre(s) Classical crossover, operatic pop
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Years active 1976–present
Label(s) A&M Records (1993)
East West Records (1995-1997)
Angel Records/EMI (1998-present)
Website http://www.sarah-brightman.com

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Brightman debuted as a dancer in troupes such as Hot Gossip and later released a string of disco singles. She achieved greater fame as a musical theatre performer and partner of theatre composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, with whom she originated several roles including Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. Her 1984 marriage to Lloyd Webber attracted active tabloid coverage. The couple divorced in 1990, ending her musical theatre career. Hot Gossip were a British dance troupe most notable for their appearance on the TV series The Kenny Everett Video Show, which aired on ITV in the late 1970s. ... This article is about the music genre. ... The Black Crook (1866) is considered the first musical comedy Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. ... Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born 22 March 1948) is a highly successful English composer of musical theatre, and also the elder brother of cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. ... Christine Daaé is the main female character in Gaston Lerouxs novel The Phantom of the Opera (1910), the young singer with whom the Phantom falls in love. ... The Phantom of the Opera is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the novel by French novelist Gaston Leroux. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


After her divorce, Brightman established a position as a crossover artist with former Enigma producer Frank Peterson. Her style, a blend of classical vocals and pop-inspired instrumentation and arrangement, earned her further success. To date, Brightman has received over 150 Gold and Platinum awards in 34 countries[1] and is the only artist to hold #1 spots on the Billboard Classical and Dance charts simultaneously. Enigma is an electronic musical project started by Michael Cretu, his wife Sandra Cretu, David Fairstein and Frank Peterson in 1990. ... Frank Peterson is a German music producer known for his work with Enigma and artists such as Sarah Brightman,Gregorian or Princessa. ... “Golden record” redirects here. ...

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Biography

Sarah Brightman was born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England to Paula and Grenville Brightman. She was the eldest of six children. Her ambition to be an artist was apparent from an early age; beginning at age three, she took ballet lessons. At age eleven Brightman attended a boarding school for theatre, an experience she recalled in an interview with The Independent as troublesome. Brightman was teased by other students and ran away once, but nevertheless she remained at the school. Later, she auditioned for London's Royal Ballet but was rejected.[2] Berkhamsted is a historic town of some 19,000 people. ... For the similarly named county in the West Midlands region, see Herefordshire. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Ballet (disambiguation). ... A boarding school is a usually fee-charging school where some or all pupils not only study, but also live during term time, with their fellow students and possibly teachers. ... For other uses, see The Independent (disambiguation). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Royal Ballet may refer to: Royal Ballet, London Birmingham Royal Ballet Royal Winnipeg Ballet Royal Danish Ballet There is also an article about the Royal Ballet School in London, England. ...


At sixteen, in 1976, Brightman joined the dance group Pan's People, a staple on the BBC series Top of the Pops. She left a year later to lead Hot Gossip, a mixed dance act who appeared regularly on The Kenny Everett Video Show. The group, whose routines were more provocative than those of Pan's People, had a chart-topping disco hit in 1978 with "I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper", a space-themed track which sold half a million copies and reached number six on the UK charts. The group released a follow-up single, "Adventures of the Love Crusader", six months later, but it was less successful, failing to chart on the UK's top 50.[3] Brightman, now solo, released several more disco singles in subsequent years under Whisper Records; these included "Not Having That" and a cover of the song "My Boyfriend's Back".[4] None of these, however, were as prominent as "I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper". Pans People were a 1970s British TV dance troupe who are best associated with the BBC TV music chart show Top of the Pops. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ... Hot Gossip were a British dance troupe most notable for their appearance on the TV series The Kenny Everett Video Show, which aired on ITV in the late 1970s. ... Kenny Everett as Sid Snot Kenny Everett (December 25, 1944-May 26, 1995) was a popular British entertainer, both on Radio and Television. ... I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper, sometimes cited as (I Lost My Heart to a) Starship Trooper, is a single by Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... My Boyfriends Back was a hit song in 1963 for The Angels, an American girl group. ...


1981–1989: Stage career

In 1981, Brightman auditioned for a role in the new musical Cats and received the role of Jemima. In rehearsals she met her future husband, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. The two married in 1984 and Brightman starred in several of Lloyd Webber's musicals, including Song and Dance and the mass Requiem, the latter expressly written for her voice. With Requiem she earned her first Grammy nomination.[1] Cats is an award-winning musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on Old Possums Book of Practical Cats and other poems by T. S. Eliot. ... Song and Dance is a musical entertainment comprised of two unrelated acts. ... The Mass, a form of sacred musical composition, is a choral composition that sets the fixed portions of the Eucharistic liturgy (principally that of the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, generally known in the US as the Episcopal Church, and also the Lutheran Church) to music. ... Andrew Lloyd Webbers Requiem is a requiem mass written in memory of the composers father, William Lloyd Webber, who died in 1982. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...


Brightman achieved even greater success with her starring role as Christine Daaé in Lloyd Webber's adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera. The role of Christine, like Requiem before it, was specifically written for her.[1] Lloyd Webber refused to open The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway unless Brightman originated the role of Christine. Initially, the American Actors' Equity Association balked, due to their policy of hiring only Americans. Lloyd Webber had to agree to cast an American in a leading role in his next West End musical before the Equity would allow Brightman to appear (a promise he kept later in the casting for Aspects of Love).[5] Christine Daaé is the main female character in Gaston Lerouxs novel The Phantom of the Opera (1910), the young singer with whom the Phantom falls in love. ... The Phantom of the Opera is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the novel by French novelist Gaston Leroux. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... The Actors Equity Association (commonly simply Equity) is the trade union of American theatrical performers and stage managers. ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... Aspects of Love is a chamber opera with a book and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart. ...


After leaving Phantom, Brightman pursued several projects. Immediately after her departure, she performed in a tour of Lloyd Webber's music throughout England, Canada, and the United States, and performed Requiem in the Soviet Union. She also released several studio recordings, including the single "Anything But Lonely" from Aspects of Love and two solo albums: the 1988 album The Trees They Grow So High, a compilation of traditional folk songs accompanied by piano, and the 1989 album The Songs That Got Away, a musical theatre compilation of songs which were cut from shows by composers such as Irving Berlin and Stephen Sondheim. By 1990, Brightman and Lloyd Webber separated. After the official divorce, Brightman was given a lead role in Lloyd Webber's Aspects in London opposite Michael Praed, before transferring to Broadway. It would be her last theatre role.[4] Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and of the people. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989) was an American composer and lyricist, one of the most prodigious and famous American songwriters in history. ... Stephen Joshua Sondheim (b. ... Aspects of Love is a chamber opera with a book and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Michael Praed (pronounced , prayd)[1] (né Michael David Prince, born April 1, 1960 in Berkeley, Gloucestershire), a British actor, is probably best known for his role as Robin of Loxley (Robin Hood) in the British television series Robin of Sherwood, which attained cult status worldwide in the 1980s. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ...


1990s: Solo career

Her stage career curtailed, Brightman pursued solo recording in Los Angeles. She was inspired by the German band Enigma and requested to work with one of its members. Her request was answered and in 1991 Brightman traveled to Germany to meet her future producer, Frank Peterson. Their first major label release was Dive (1993), a water-themed pop album that featured the hit "Captain Nemo", a cover of a song by the Swedish electronica band Dive.[6] Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Enigma is an electronic musical project started by Michael Cretu, his wife Sandra Cretu, David Fairstein and Frank Peterson in 1990. ... Frank Peterson is a German music producer known for his work with Enigma and artists such as Sarah Brightman,Gregorian or Princessa. ... Dive is an album by English soprano Sarah Brightman. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Electronic music. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Fly (1995), a pop/rock album and her second collaboration with Peterson, propelled Sarah Brightman to fame in Europe with the hit "A Question of Honour". The song, introduced at the World Boxing Championship match between Germany's Henry Maske and Graciano Rocchigiani, combined electronic dance music, rock elements, classical strings, and excerpts from the aria "Ebben? ... Ne andrò lontana" from Alfredo Catalani's opera La Wally.[7] Fly, an album by English soprano Sarah Brightman, is her second album with producer Frank Peterson. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... For other senses of these words, see boxing (disambiguation) or boxer (disambiguation). ... Henry Maske (born January 6, 1964 in Treuenbrietzen) is a former German boxer, who was one of the most popular German sports figures, not only because of his success but also because of his exemplary mannerism and outstanding fair play. ... Graciano Rocchigiani (born December 29, 1963 in Duisburg-Rheinhausen, Germany), was a professional boxer in the Light Heavyweight (175lb) division. ... Electronic dance music (EDM) is a broad set of percussive music genres that largely inherit from 1970s disco music and, to some extent, the experimental pop music of Kraftwerk. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Alfredo Catalani (Lucca June 19, 1854 – Milan August 7, 1893), was an Italian operatic composer, best known for the works La Wally (1892, to a libretto by Luigi Illica, containing Catalanis most famous aria, Ebben? Ne andrò lontana from Act I) and Loreley (1890). ... La Wally is an four-act opera by Alfredo Catalani, composed on a libretto by Luigi Illica, and first performed in Milan on the January 20, 1892. ...


"Time to Say Goodbye" ("Con te partirò") was the second Brightman song debuted for Maske, this time at his retirement match. This duet with tenor Andrea Bocelli sold more than 3 million copies in Germany alone,[1] became Germany's best-selling single, and was successful in numerous other countries; the album eventually sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Due to the song's success, a 1996 re-issue of Fly featured "Time to Say Goodbye" as the first track. Time to Say Goodbye redirects here. ... Andrea Bocelli (born 22 September 1958) is a blind Italian singer. ...


Timeless (released in 1997, with the title Time to Say Goodbye in the United States) contained "Time to Say Goodbye" and other classical-inspired tracks such as "Just Show Me How to Love You", a duet with José Cura (originally sung by Dario Baldambembo with the title "Tu Cosa Fai Stasera?"), a cover of the Queen hit "Who Wants to Live Forever", and "Tu Quieres Volver", (originally recorded by the Gipsy Kings). José Cura, tenor and conductor José Cura (born December 5, 1962 in Rosario, Argentina) a world-famous opera tenor singer known for his intense and original interpretations of his characters, notably Verdi’s Otello and Saint-Saëns’ Samson, as well as for his unconventional and innovative concert performances. ... Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ... Who Wants to Live Forever is a song by the English rock band Queen. ... The Gipsy Kings are a group from Arles and Montpellier in France. ...


Brightman's mainstream exposure in the United States also began around this time, starting with an appearance on Bocelli's December 1997 PBS television special, duetting "Time to Say Goodbye"; later, in March 1998, her own PBS special, Sarah Brightman in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, marked the point when she crossed from Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart to the Billboard 200 chart, with Time to Say Goodbye.[8] Despite this, however, attempts to market songs from the album to U.S. Top 40 and heritage radio formats were mostly unsuccessful. [8] In 1999 she appeared on the album I Won't Forget You by Princessa, another artist with whom Peterson had worked. “PBS” redirects here. ... “Albert Hall” redirects here. ... Top Heatseekers is a weekly albums chart introduced by Billboard magazine in 1993 whose purpose is to highlight sales by new and developing musical recording artists. ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... Princessa, born Mónica Cruz, is a Spanish pop/dance singer. ...


2000 to present

Later albums included Eden (1998) (the title track of which was a cover of a song by Belgian band Hooverphonic), and La Luna (2000). These albums, unlike Time to Say Goodbye, incorporated more pop music elements. Reviews were mixed - LAUNCHcast deemed Eden "deliriously sappy",[9] while All Music Guide called Eden "a winning combination"[10] and La Luna "a solid, stirring collection".[11] Eden is the name of an album recorded by English soprano Sarah Brightman in 1998. ... Hooverphonic is a Belgian rock/pop group formed in 1995. ... La Luna is an album recorded by English soprano Sarah Brightman in 2000. ... A 1999 issue (#35) of the LAUNCH disk magazine, a precursor of LAUNCHcast. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ...


Chart performance for both albums was more uniformly positive. Eden reached #65 on the Billboard 200 charts (certified Gold for selling over 500,000 copies), and La Luna peaked at #17. In addition, both albums reached #1 on Billboard's Classical Crossover charts. At the end of 2001, Billboard magazine noted Brightman as one of four classical crossover artists from the UK (the others being Charlotte Church, Russell Watson, and bond) with albums on both the Classical Crossover and Billboard 200 charts, a phenomenon which, it said, contributed to a resurgence of UK music in the U.S. after "a historic low" in 1999.[12] It has been suggested that Billboard be merged into this article or section. ... Charlotte Church (born Charlotte Maria Reed on February 21, 1986) is a Welsh singer and television presenter who rose to international fame in childhood as a popular classical singer with a precociously mature dramatic operatic voice, in particular in its tonal qualities. ... Russell Watson, born in Salford, Greater Manchester, England, on 24 November 1966, is an English tenor who has released singles and albums of both operatic-style and pop songs. ... bond is an Australian/British string quartet that specialize in classical crossover music. ...


In 2001, Brightman released Classics, an album of operatic arias and other classical pieces including a solo version of "Time to Say Goodbye". Its reviews were somewhat better than its predecessors: Entertainment Weekly, although calling Brightman a "stronger song stylist than a singer", gave the album a grade of B-.[13] This article is about Opera, the art form. ... An aria (Italian for air; plural: arie or arias in common usage) in music was originally any expressive melody, usually, but not always, performed by a singer. ... Entertainment Weekly (sometimes abbreviated EW) is a magazine published by Time Inc. ...


Her 2003 album Harem represented another departure: a Middle Eastern-themed album influenced by dance music. On Harem, Brightman collaborated with artists such as Ofra Haza and Iraqi singer Kazem al-Saher. Nigel Kennedy contributed violin tracks to the songs "Free" and "The War Is Over", and Jaz Coleman contributed arrangements.[1] Harem is a CD by Sarah Brightman, from 2003. ... The category Middle Eastern music refers to music from the Middle East and its different regions such as North Africa, the Levant and the Persian Gulf States. ... Ofra Haza (Hebrew: עפרה חזה, IPA ) November 19, 1957 – February 23, 2000) was a popular Israeli singer, actress and international recording artist. ... Kazem Al-Saher Arabic: ‎ (born on September 12, 1961 in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq) has established himself as the biggest singer in the Arab World, having sold more than 30 million albums since the start of his career. ... Nigel Kennedy (born December 28, 1956 in Brighton, England) is a violinist and violist. ... Jaz Coleman on the cover of the Killing Joke album Brighter than a Thousand Suns. ...


The album peaked at #29 on the Billboard 200 charts (with sales tracked by Nielsen SoundScan figuring at approximately 333,000, or about one-third the total sales of La Luna),[14] #1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover chart, and yielded a #1 dance/club single with the remix of the title track. Some time later, another single from the album (the ballad "Free", cowritten with Sophie B. Hawkins) became a second Top-10 hit on this chart. Nevertheless, radio airplay for the album's singles, at least in the U.S., was almost nonexistent.[14] Nielsen SoundScan is an information system created by Mike Fine and Mike Shalett that tracks sales data for singles, albums, and music video products in Canada and the United States for Billboard and other music industry companies. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The albums Eden, La Luna, and Harem were accompanied by live tours which incorporated the theatricality of her stage origins. Brightman acknowledged this in an interview, saying, "They're incredibly complicated...[but also] natural. I know what works, what doesn't work, all the old tricks."[15] In both 2000 and 2001, Brightman was among the top 10 most popular British performers in the U.S., with concert sales grossing $7.2 million from 34 shows in 2000 and over $5 million from 21 shows in 2001.[12]


Most recently, the Harem tour grossed over $60 million and sold over 700,000 tickets,[1] $15 million and 225,000 sales of which came from the North American leg, although with ticket prices raised 30% from previous tours, average sales per venue were up 65%.[14] In North America, Harem tour promoters Clear Channel Entertainment (now Live Nation) took the unusual step of advertising to theatre subscribers, in an effort to reach fans of Brightman's Broadway performances, and also sold VIP tickets, at $750 each, that included on-stage seating during the concert and a backstage pass.[14] Live Nation NYSE: LYV is a concert company based in the United States of America. ... Warped Tour 2006 All Access Pass A backstage pass is an employee pass which allows its bearer access to employees-only areas at a performance venue. ...


Tour reviews were mixed: one critic from the New York Times called the La Luna tour "not so much divine but post-human" and "unintentionally disturbing: a beautiful argument of emptiness."[16] In contrast, a reviewer from the Boston Globe deemed the Harem tour "unique, compelling" and "charmingly effective."[17] The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... The Boston Globe is the most widely-circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and in the greater New England region. ...


Television specials on PBS were produced for every Brightman album in the U.S.; a director of marketing has credited these as her number-one source of exposure in the country.[12] Indeed, her concert for Eden was among PBS's most grossing pledge events.[18] “PBS” redirects here. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ...


In 2005, she performed the title song of the Japan-exclusive PlayStation 2 game Tengai Makyō 3: Namida; the music was composed by Kazuhiko Katō. “PS2” redirects here. ... Far East of Eden ) is a widely popular series of traditional console RPGs that are available in Japan and Taiwan. ...


Brightman released a DVD collection of her music videos on October 3, 2006 under the title of Diva: The Video Collection. Diva: The Singles Collection is the accompanying CD, released on the same date. The album marked the first time Brightman has released a greatest hits album in the United States; it reached #1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover chart. (Classics, from 2001, featured seven new recordings in addition to the previously-released material, and her other reflective offering, The Best of 1990-2000, was a European-only release.)


Brightman was one of the artists featured on the January 2007 series of the prime time BBC One Show Just the Two of Us, partnered with English cricketer Mark Butcher.[19] The pair finished the competition in third place. BBC One is the primary television channel of the BBC, and the first in the United Kingdom. ... Just the Two of Us logo with presenters Vernon Kay and Tess Daly Just the Two of Us is a British television reality singing contest hosted by Vernon Kay and Tess Daly. ... Bowler Shaun Pollock bowls to batsman Michael Hussey. ... Mark Alan Butcher (born Croydon, Surrey, 23 August 1972) is an English cricketer. ...


Brightman performed at the Concert For Diana in July 2007, singing "All I Ask Of You" from Phantom of the Opera in a duet with Josh Groban. Concert for Diana was a concert held at the new Wembley Stadium in London, United Kingdom in honour of the late Diana, Princess of Wales on 1 July 2007, which would have been her 46th birthday; 2007 is also the 10th anniversary of her death. ... The Phantom of the Opera is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the novel by French novelist Gaston Leroux. ... Joshua Winslow Groban (born February 27, 1981) is a Grammy-nominated American singer/songwriter known for his mature and lyrical baritone voice. ...


She is currently working on a new album, working title "Symphony", that she describes as having a gothic metal feel to it.[20] The current release date is set at January 29th, 2008 but is still subject to change.[21] In 2007, Brightman was announced as singing the theme song to the 10th Pokémon motion picture, Dialga VS Palkia VS Darkrai. A preview of the film and the song, Be With You: Itsumo Soba ni (Always by Your Side), can be found on her page on the Toshiba EMI website.[22] Gothic metal is a genre of heavy metal music that originated during the mid 1990s in Europe as an outgrowth of doom-death, a fusion genre of doom metal and death metal. ... The official Pokémon logo. ... Gekijōban Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl Dialga VS Palkia VS Darkrai , lit. ...


On 7 July 2007 she performed "Nessun Dorma", "La Luna", "Nella Fantasia" and "Time To Say Goodbye" at the Chinese leg of Live Earth in Shanghai to standing ovations in the pouring rain.[23] On August 25, Brightman debuted her theme song for the IAAF Championships and Japanese single, at the opening ceremony in Osaka, "Running". is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Live Earth concert in China was held at Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai on 7 July 2007. ... Live Earth was a series of worldwide concerts held on 7 July 2007, that initiated a three-year campaign to combat climate change and advocate environmentally-sustainable living. ...


Brightman will star as Blind Mag in the horror, rock-opera musical film Repo! the Genetic Opera.[24] Repo! The Genetic Opera! is a rock musical movie to be directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, based on a stageplay written and composed by Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich. ...


Music and voice

Brightman has undergone vocal training first with Elizabeth Hawes, head of the Trinity Music College in London, and later with Ellen Faul of Juilliard. She has a three-octave vocal range[25] that extends to an E above Soprano C.[4] Trinity College of Music is one of the UKs top [[music conservatory|music conservatories], based in Greenwich, London, England. ... The Juilliard School is one of the worlds premiere performing arts conservatory located in New York City, it is informally identified as simply Juilliard, and trains in the fields of Dance, Drama, and Music. ...


David Caddick, a conductor of Phantom, has stated:

"What is amazing about Sarah is that she has two voices, really. She can produce a pop, contemporary sound, but she can also blossom out into a light soprano. The soprano part of her voice can go up to an E natural above high C. She doesn’t sing it full out, but it is there. Of course, she has to dance while she is singing some of the time, so it’s all the more extraordinary."[4]

She sometimes deploys both her pop and classical voices in the same song. One example is "Anytime, Anywhere" from Eden, a song based on Tomaso Albinoni's Adagio in G minor. In the song, she starts out in classical voice, switches to pop voice temporarily, and finishes with her classical voice.[26] Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni (June 8, 1671, Venice, Italy – January 17, 1751, Venice) was an Italian baroque composer. ... Adagio in G minor for strings and organ is a piece arranged by Remo Giazotto and supposedly based on fragments from a Sonata in G minor by Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni which were found amongst the ruins of the old Saxon State Library, Dresden, after it was firebombed by the Allies...


Brightman's music is generally classified as classical crossover. In a 2000 interview with People, Brightman dismissed the label as "horrible" but stated she understood the need for categorization.[27] Her music influences include 60s and 70s musicians and artists such as David Bowie and Pink Floyd,[1] and she incorporates aspects of genres from pop/rock to classical and contemporary. Her work has also been compared to that of Madonna, Cher, and Celine Dion.[28] The material on her albums ranges from versions of opera arias from composers such as Puccini (on Harem, Eden, and Timeless), to pop songs by artists such as Kansas ("Dust in the Wind" on Eden), Dido ("Here with Me" on La Luna), and Procol Harum ("A Whiter Shade of Pale" on La Luna). David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 1947 January 8) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their avant-garde progressive rock music. ... Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie (born August 16, 1958), better known as simply Madonna, is a six-time Grammy[1] and one-time Golden Globe award winning American pop singer, songwriter, record and film producer, dancer, actress, author and fashion icon. ... This article is about Cher, the entertainer. ... Céline Marie Claudette Dion, OC, OQ, (born March 30, 1968) is a Canadian pop singer and occasional songwriter. ... Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (December 22, 1858 – November 29, 1924) was an Italian composer whose operas, including La bohème, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly, are among the most frequently performed in the standard repertoire. ... For other uses, see Kansas (disambiguation). ... Dust in the Wind is a hit single released by the American progressive rock band Kansas in 1977. ... Dido (born Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong,[1] December 25, 1971) is a British BRIT Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter who performs under a nickname her mother gave her in childhood. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Procol Harum is an English rock band, formed in the 1960s, who built a heavy foundation for what would become progressive rock. ... A Whiter Shade of Pale is a song by the British band Procol Harum. ...


Personal life

At age 18, Brightman married Andrew Graham Stewart, a music manager. This marriage ended in divorce. She met Lloyd Webber while performing in Cats; Lloyd Webber later divorced his first wife, Sarah Hugill, to marry Brightman in 1984. During their partnership, the couple faced intense media and tabloid scrutiny. The marriage lasted until 1990, when they divorced. Brightman acknowledged the marriage in a 1999 interview as a "difficult time" but also one of much creative output.[29] Currently they are on friendly terms; at the 20th London anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera, Lloyd Webber publicly pronounced Brightman a "wonderful woman" and "absolutely beloved mentor". Later, Brightman became involved with Peterson, a relationship that lasted for several years.[18] Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born 22 March 1948) is a highly successful English composer of musical theatre, and also the elder brother of cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Brightman has suffered several personal crises, including the suicide of her father in 1992, and two miscarriages. In an interview with the British magazine Hello!, she stated that motherhood would have been "lovely", but she accepted her destiny peaceably.[30] For other uses, see Suicide (disambiguation). ... Miscarriage or spontaneous abortion is the natural or spontaneous end of a pregnancy at a stage where the embryo or the fetus is incapable of surviving, generally defined in humans at a gestation of prior to 20 weeks. ... Hello! is a weekly magazine specialising in celebrity news and gossip, published in Britain. ...


Stage credits

Musicals

I and Albert is a 1972 musical by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams. ... Cats is an award-winning musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on Old Possums Book of Practical Cats and other poems by T. S. Eliot. ... Drawing of the Act I finale The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. ... Nightingale: A New Musical was a musical production based on Hans Christian Andersens fairy tale The Nightingale, with lyrics and music by Charles Strouse. ... Song and Dance is a musical entertainment comprised of two unrelated acts. ... is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Andrew Lloyd Webbers Requiem is a requiem mass written in memory of the composers father, William Lloyd Webber, who died in 1982. ... For the ballet, see The Merry Widow (ballet). ... The Phantom of the Opera is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the novel by French novelist Gaston Leroux. ... Aspects of Love is a chamber opera with a book and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart. ...

Plays

  • Trelawny of the Wells (as Rose Trelawney), 1992
  • Relative Values (as Miranda), 1993 Chichester Festival and Savoy Theatre
  • Dangerous Obsession (as Sally Driscoll), 1994 Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke
  • The Innocents (as Miss Giddens), 1995 Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke

Filmography

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Selected discography

This page includes the full discography of Sarah Brightman, including albums, singles, and theatre cast recordings. ...

Cast recordings

  • Cats - (1981)
  • Nightingale - Original London Cast (1983)
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem - Domingo, Brightman, ECO, Maazel (1985)
  • The Phantom of the Opera - Original London Cast (1986)
  • Carousel - Studio Cast (1987)

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Albums

Dive is an album by English soprano Sarah Brightman. ... Fly, an album by English soprano Sarah Brightman, is her second album with producer Frank Peterson. ... Time to Say Goodbye is Sarah Brightmans most popular album, released in 1997. ... Eden is the name of an album recorded by English soprano Sarah Brightman in 1998. ... La Luna is an album recorded by English soprano Sarah Brightman in 2000. ... Classics is Sarah Brightmans 2001 album, between La Luna and Harem. ... Harem is a CD by Sarah Brightman, from 2003. ...

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Official video biography. [1]
  2. ^ "Wrapped up in her gift". The Independent. November 8, 1997.
  3. ^ Clayton-Lea, Tony. "Call me Ms. Dependable". The Irish Times, February 6, 1999.
  4. ^ a b c d Chin, Siew May. Official biography, part one. [2].
  5. ^ Time. "Chills, Thrills, and Trapdoors". January 18, 1988. Retrieved October 15, 2006.
  6. ^ Demalon, Tom. "Review: Dive". All Music Guide. Retrieved February 10, 2007.
  7. ^ Malich, Daniel. "Review: Fly". All Music Guide. Retrieved February 10, 2007.
  8. ^ a b Reece, Doug & Wolfgang Spahr (April 4, 1998), "PBS gives big boost to Brightman's Angel set", Billboard 110 (14): 7-8, ISSN 0006-2510
  9. ^ Dumpert, Hazel-Dawn. "Album Review: Eden". Yahoo! Music. March 6, 2000. Retrieved August 4, 2006.
  10. ^ Phares, Heather. "Review: Eden". All Music Guide. Retrieved August 4, 2006.
  11. ^ Buss, Bryan. "Review: La Luna". All Music Guide. Retrieved August 4, 2006.
  12. ^ a b c Masson, Gordon & Melinda Newman (December 22, 2001), "Reversal of fortune: U.K. artists see U.S. sales rise", Billboard 113 (51): 1, 51, ISSN 0006-2510
  13. ^ Bernardo, Melissa Rose. "Music Review: Classics". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 5, 2006.
  14. ^ a b c d Ault, Susanne (April 10, 2004), "Brightman's Harem Tour A Welcome Surprise", Billboard 116 (15): 17, ISSN 0006-2510
  15. ^ "Reesman, Bryan. "Siren Soprano". Yahoo! Music. April 9, 2001. Retrieved August 4, 2006.
  16. ^ Powers, Ann. "POP REVIEW; An Ethereal Voice From On High (Up Where the Loudspeakers Are)". The New York Times. September 27, 2000. Retrieved November 24, 2006.
  17. ^ Morse, Steve. "Sarah Brightman literally soars in a unique, compelling show". The Boston Globe. February 2, 2004. Retrieved December 28, 2006.
  18. ^ a b Chin, Siew May. To the moon and back, Metro Times Detroit, November 19, 2000. Retrieved September 1, 2007.
  19. ^ BBC page. Retrieved December 14, 2006
  20. ^ The Martha Stewart Show [3]. Retrieved April 2, 2007.
  21. ^ Nemo Studios, [4]. Retrieved February 10, 2007.
  22. ^ Sarah Brightman's Toshiba EMI webpage (Japanese). Retrieved April 16, 2007
  23. ^ Sarah Brightman at Live Earth
  24. ^ Official site
  25. ^ Alter, Gaby. "Tour Profile: Sarah Brightman". April 1, 2004. Retrieved August 22, 2006.
  26. ^ Sound and Vision. [5]
  27. ^ Charaipotra, Sona. People Weekly, November 6, 2000.
  28. ^ Selvin, Joel. Brightman Lights Up Civic, San Francisco Chronicle, March 7, 2001. Retrieved September 1, 2007.
  29. ^ Clayton-Lea, Tony. "Call me Ms. Dependable". The Irish Times, February 6, 1999.
  30. ^ Barber, Richard. Hello!. December 5, 2006.

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References

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See also

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Persondata
NAME Sarah Brightman
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION British soprano, musical theatre actress, dancer
DATE OF BIRTH August 14, 1960
PLACE OF BIRTH Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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In November 1996 the duet Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli -- Time to say goodbye became in a few weeks time a big hit in Germany and later on also in several other countries Europe, followed by the USA and the rest of the World.
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Sarah Brightman literally soars in a unique, compelling show - The Boston Globe (398 words)
Her singing can be up-and-down, veering from awkward to enrapturing, but her show helps her to literally soar, as she pops up on hydraulic lifts, takes a harness ride over the audience, and dons a tutu to swing over the crowd from a B stage such as those used by U2 and the Rolling Stones.
Brightman spoke few words, though she did say she was "happy to be here in this beautiful, historical city of Boston." But she didn't have to banter to get a reaction.
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