Sarah Brightman Overview
Sarah Brightman (born 14 August 1960) is an English English people crossover Crossover (music) soprano, actress, songwriter and dancer. She sings in many languages including English English language , Spanish Spanish language , French French language , Latin, German German language , Italian Italian language , Russian Russian language , Hindi, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese Japanese language .
Brightman has 160 Gold and Platinum Music recording sales certification awards in 34 countries and is the only artist to hold #1 spots on the Billboard Billboard charts Classical and Dance charts simultaneously. Her other achievements feature her ranking by the Recording Industry Association of America as the best-selling female classical artist of the twenty-first century, and a Guinness World Record for “Time to Say Goodbye”, the best-selling single in German Germany recording history.
She has established herself as the world's biggest selling soprano of all time, with worldwide sales of more than 30 million albums
She was a dancer in troupes such as Hot Gossip, and later released a number of disco singles. She was a musical theatre performer and partner of theatre composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, with whom she originated rôles including Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera The Phantom of the Opera (1986 musical) .
After her divorce from Lloyd Webber, Brightman became a crossover artist with former Enigma Enigma (musical project) producer Frank Peterson. Her style is a blend of classical vocals and pop-inspired instrumentation and arrangement.
Her personal assets have been estimated to be around £30m (about US$49m).
Brightman was born and raised in Little Gaddesden, a village near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England. She lived in John O'Gaddesden House in the village. Brightman is the eldest of six children. Her father was businessman Grenville Geoffrey Brightman (1934 / 1992); her mother is Paula (née Hall). At the age of three, she began taking dance classes at the Elmhurst School for Dance in Camberley, Surrey. and appeared in local festivals and competitions. At the age of 11, she successfully auditioned at The Arts Educational School, Tring Park, a boarding school specialising in performing arts. She studied dance, focusing more on jazz style, most notably being a pupil of West End theatre and Hot Gossip choreographer, Arlene Phillips. At age 16 in 1976, Brightman joined the dance group Pan's People on the BBC series Top of the Pops. She left a year later to lead Hot Gossip, a mixed dance act who appeared on The Kenny Everett Video Show. The group, more provocative than Pan's People, had a disco hit in 1978 with "I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper", which sold half a million and reached number six on the UK charts.
The group released a follow-up single, "The Adventures of the Love Crusader", six months later, but it failed to chart. Brightman, now solo, released more disco singles under Whisper Records; these included "Not Having That!" and a cover of the song "My Boyfriend's Back My Boyfriend's Back (song) "..In 1981, Brightman auditioned for the new musical Cats Cats (musical) and was cast as Jemima. In rehearsals she met Andrew Lloyd Webber. The two married in 1984, and Brightman appeared in many of Lloyd Webber's subsequent musicals including Song and Dance and the mass mass (music) Requiem Requiem (Webber) , the latter written for her. With Requiem she earned her first Grammy Grammy Awards nomination.
After leaving Phantom, she performed in a tour of Lloyd Webber's music throughout England, Canada, and the United States, and performed Requiem in the Soviet Union. Studio recordings from this time include 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 folk songs accompanied by piano, and the 1989 album The Songs That Got Away, a musical theatre compilation of songs cut from shows by composers such as Irving Berlin and Stephen Sondheim.
By 1990, Brightman and Lloyd Webber separated. After their divorce, Brightman played the lead in Lloyd Webber's Aspects Aspects of Love in London opposite Michael Praed, before transferring to Broadway Broadway theatre .Her stage career curtailed, Brightman pursued solo recording in Los Angeles. In 1992, she sang the song for the Olympic Games, "Amigos Para Siempre" with José Carreras, written by Webber. She was inspired to go solo by the German band Enigma Enigma (musical project) and requested to work with one of its members. Her request was answered and in 1991 Brightman traveled to Germany to meet her producer, Frank Peterson. Their first release was Dive Dive (Sarah Brightman album) (1993), a water-themed pop album that featured "Captain Nemo Captain Nemo (song) ", a cover of a song by the Swedish electronica band Dive Dive (Swedish band) .
Fly Fly (Sarah Brightman album) (1995), a pop rock album and her second collaboration with Peterson, propelled Brightman to fame in Europe with the hit "A Question of Honour A Question of Honour (song) ". The song, introduced at the World Boxing Championship match between Germany's Germany Henry Maske and Graciano Rocchigiani, combined electronic dance music, rock rock music elements, classical strings, and excerpts from the aria "Ebben? ... Ne andrò lontana" from Alfredo Catalani's opera La Wally.
"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,
Brightman's mainstream exposure in the United States also began around this time, starting with an appearance on Bocelli's December 1997 PBS Public Broadcasting Service 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. In 1999, she appeared on the album I Won't Forget You by Princessa, another artist with whom Peterson had worked.Later albums included Eden Eden (Sarah Brightman album) (1998) (the title track of which was a cover of a song by Belgian band Hooverphonic), and La Luna La Luna (album) (2000). These albums, unlike Time to Say Goodbye, incorporated more pop music elements. Reviews were mixed - LAUNCHcast deemed Eden "deliriously sappy", while Allmusic called Eden "a winning combination" and La Luna "a solid, stirring collection".
Eden reached #65 on the Billboard 200 charts (certified Gold for selling over 500,000 copies), and La Luna peaked at #17 (La Luna has scanned 873.000 copies sold in the U.S.)
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-.
In 2002, Brightman released "The secret" on SASH! Sash! 's fourth studio album S4!Sash!. This song was re-released in 2007 as "The secret 2007 (Unreleased)" on SASH!'s sixth album 10th Anniversary 10th Anniversary (Sash! album) .
Her 2003 album Harem Harem (album) represented another departure: a Middle Eastern-themed Middle Eastern music 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 Free (Sarah Brightman song) " and "The War is Over", and Jaz Coleman contributed arrangements. #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.
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." In both 2000 and 2001, Brightman was among the top 10 most po***r 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. In contrast, a reviewer from the Boston Globe deemed the Harem tour "unique, compelling" and "charmingly effective."
Television specials on PBS Public Broadcasting Service were produced for nearly every Brightman album in the U.S.; a director of marketing has credited these as her number-one source of exposure in the country.Brightman released a DVD collection of her music videos on 3 October 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 Just the Two of Us (TV series) , partnered with English cricketer Mark Butcher.
On 29 January 2008, Brightman released her first album in five years: Symphony Symphony (album) , influenced by gothic music symphonic metal . In the United States it became Brightman's most successful chart entry and also her highest ranked album on Billboard's "Top 200 Albums". It was also a #1 album on two other Billboard's charts: "Top Internet Albums" and "Top Classical Crossover Albums". The album moved there 31,463 copies in first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan. In Canada the album debuted and peaked at #4 and in Mexico it entered at #9, where it peaked at #5. The Song "Symphony" is a cover of "Symphonie" Symphony (song) by the German band Silbermond. "Fleurs du Mal" was the second single of the album and experienced extensive radio airplay. Despite the success of the album on its release, it failed on the following weeks in the American charts. Only lasting 11 weeks on the Billboard 200, the album sold 132.000 copies when it quit the list. Therefore, it did not achieved 'Gold' status, as has happened with Brightman's previous albums.
Featured on the album are artists Fernando Lima, Andrea Bocelli, and KISS Kiss (band) vocalist Paul Stanley, who duets with Brightman on "I Will Be with You Where the Lost Ones Go ", the album version of the theme song to the 10th Pocket Monsters Pokémon (anime) motion picture, Dialga VS Palkia VS Darkrai Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai (Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai). To accompany Symphony, Brightman embarked on a tour in Autumn 2008; "The Symphony World Tour" featured new and groundbreaking technology, with virtual and holographic stage sets that have never been seen before in any touring concert production. It grossed over $10 million on the first North American leg, and became one of the most successful tours in the U.S. and Canada. On 16 January 2008, she also appeared in concert at Vienna’s Stephansdom Cathedral St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna performing songs from her new album. Special guests that sang duets with Sarah include Italian tenor Alessandro Safina, Argentinean countertenor Fernando Lima, and British singer Chris Thompson Chris Thompson (English musician) . Brightman made several appearances on television in the United States to promote Symphony, including Fashion on Ice on NBC on 12 January, The View The View (U.S. TV series) on 30 January, Martha Martha (TV series) on 31 January and Fox and Friends on the Fox News Channel. She performed two songs, "Pie Jesu" and "There You'll Be", at the United States Memorial Day concert on 25 May 2008 held on the west lawn United States Capitol#Grounds of the United States Capitol in Washington D.C.. Brightman stars as Blind Mag in the rock musical film Repo! The Genetic Opera which was released on 7 November 2008 - her first film rôle. Brightman was cast in the film at the last minute after the original actress who was cast for the rôle was dropped.
On 4 November 2008, Brightman released her first holiday album, entitled A Winter Symphony.
On December 2008 Sarah sang "Silent Night" for the Walt Disney World Walt Disney World Resort Very Merry Christmas parade Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade , airing on ABC Christmas Morning.
ITV television show Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway has featured Brightman's "Time to Say Goodbye" as part of their Ant vs. Dec: The Teams section. The song has been played in the 2008 and 2009 series when a team member is eliminated.
Following her performance at the Beijing Olympics, Sarah was appointed as the Shanghai 2010 World Expo Promotion Ambassador in Britain United Kingdom . In anticipation of the Expo, she launched "Shanghai Week in London", which showcases the city's heritage Cultural heritage and culture.
The music of Brightman was featured in the movie Amarufi: Megami no hôshû (international title: Amalfi: Rewards of a Goddess), which was a special production to mark Fuji Television's 50th anniversary. The first Japanese movie to be shot entirely on location in Italy. In conjunction with the release of the movie Amalfi, Sarah released only in Japan an album titled Amalfi – Sarah Brightman Love Songs which reached Gold status in the aforementioned country.
On November 2009 Brightman was in charge of the main theme song for the historical drama series "Saka no Ue no Kumo." The song's lyrics are entirely in Japanese Japanese language . Titled "Stand Alone," the song was composed by Joe Hisaishi and written by Kundo Koyama. It was included on the drama's soundtrack album, released on November 18, 2009.
On January 2010 Panasonic Corporation launched the song "Shall Be Done" performed by Brightman at Panasonic's Olympic Pavilion at LiveCity Yaletown, official celebration site of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. Sooner, U.S. media announced that California Governor Governor (United States) Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo model, with the first flight expected to take off from Spaceport America, New Mexico, within the next few years. Around 300 wealthy would-be astronauts include Brightman, physicist Stephen Hawking, and X-Men X-Men (film) director Bryan Singer.performing "You and Me" the Beijing Olympic theme song.
Brightman underwent vocal training first with Elizabeth Hawes, head of the Trinity Music College Trinity College of Music in London, and later with Ellen Faull of Juilliard Juilliard School . She currently studies with internationally known voice teacher David Romano. She has a three-octave vocal range. According to Brightman, her voice sometimes reaches an F6.
However, her highest note sung in public and in studio is the E6 final of "The Phantom of the Opera".
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." Her personal influences include 60s and 70s musicians and artists such as David Bowie and Pink Floyd, The material on her albums ranges from versions of opera arias from composers such as Puccini Giacomo Puccini (on Harem, Eden, and Timeless), to pop songs by artists such as Kansas Kansas (band) ("Dust in the Wind" on Eden), Dido Dido (singer) ("Here with Me Here with Me (Dido song) " on La Luna), and Procol Harum ("A Whiter Shade of Pale" on La Luna).At age 18, in 1979, Brightman married Andrew Graham-Stewart, the then manager of the German band Tangerine Dream. In 1983, she divorced Graham-Stewart. She met Andrew Lloyd Webber performing in Cats; Lloyd Webber later divorced his first wife, Sarah Hugill, to marry Brightman on March 22, 1984. in Hampshire. During their partnership, the couple faced intense media and tabloid scrutiny. Brightman acknowledged the marriage in a 1999 interview as a "difficult time" but also one of much creative output. in Hertfordshire after divorce and financial issues. Later, she experienced an ectopic pregnancy and two miscarriages with Peterson.
*I and Albert (as Vicky and street waif), 1973 Picadilly Theatre, London
*Cats Cats (musical) (as Jemima), 1981 New London Theatre
*The Pirates of Penzance (as Kate), 1982
*Masquerade Masquerade (musical) (as Tara Treetops), 1982
*Nightingale Nightingale (musical) (as Nightingale), 1982 Buxton Festival and the Lyric, Hammersmith
*Song and Dance (as the girl, named: Emma), Palace Theatre in London on 28 April 1984
*Requiem Requiem (Webber) (as Herself), 1985 New York and London
*The Merry Widow (as Valencienne), 1985
*The Phantom of the Opera The Phantom of the Opera (1986 musical) (as Christine Daaé), 1986 Her Majesty's Theatre London, 1988 Broadway
*Aspects of Love (as Rose Vibert), 1990
*Trelawny of the Wells Trelawny of the 'Wells' (as Rose Trelawney), 1992
*Relative Values Relative Values (play) (as Miranda Frayle), 1993 Chichester Festival and Savoy Theatre
*Dangerous Obsession (as Sally Driscoll), 1994 Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke
*The Innocents The Innocents (play) (as Miss Giddens), 1995 Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke*Granpa, 1989 animated children's film - singing Make Believe over the end credits
*Zeit der Erkenntnis (as herself), 2000 feature film (Germany)
*Repo! The Genetic Opera (as Blind Mag), 2008 feature film
*Amarufi: Megami no hôshû (Amalfi: Rewards of the Goddess) (as herself), 2009 feature film (Japan)
*Cosi Cosi (film) (as Celia), 2010 feature film
*Cats (musical) (1981)
*Nightingale - Original London Cast (1983)
*Song and Dance - Sarah Brightman & Wayne Sleep (1984. Re-released 2007)
*Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem - Domingo Plácido Domingo , Brightman, ECO English Chamber Orchestra , Maazel Lorin Maazel (1985)
*The Phantom of the Opera - Original London Cast (1986)
*Carousel - Studio Cast (1987)
*Repo! The Genetic Opera! (2008)
*Dive Dive (Sarah Brightman album) (1993)
*Fly Fly (Sarah Brightman album) (1995)
*Time to Say Goodbye Time to Say Goodbye (album) (1997)
*Eden Eden (Sarah Brightman album) (1998)
*Fly 2 Fly (Sarah Brightman album)#2000 re-release: Fly II (La Luna Tour Special Limited Edition) (available exclusively on the La Luna tour) (2000)
*La Luna La Luna (album) (2000)
*Classics Classics (Sarah Brightman album) (2001)
*The Very Best of 1990–2000 (2001)
*Harem Harem (album) (2003)
*The Harem World Tour: Live from Las Vegas (2004)
*Diva: The Singles Collection (2006)
*Classics: The Best Of Sarah Brightman Classics: The Best of Sarah Brightman (2006)
*Symphony Symphony (album) (2008)
*A Winter Symphony (2008)
*Symphony: Live in Vienna (2009)*"A Timeless Evening With Sarah Brightman" (UK and Germany) 1997
*"One Night In Eden" 1999
*"La Luna World Tour" 2000-2001
*"Harem World Tour" 2004-2005 (2004: Worldwide, 2005: Mini-Tour in Japan)
*"Symphony World Tour" 2008-2009 (North America, Asia)
*"Sarah Brightman - In Concert" 2009 (Mexico and South America)
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