Sarah Brightman is, quite simply, a woman of many talents. Not only is she a singer of classical crossover soprano, she is also an actress, songwriter and dancer. She has a vocal range of over three octaves and has sung in many different languages, including English, Latin, French, German, ... More
Sarah Brightman is, quite simply, a woman of many talents. Not only is she a singer of classical crossover soprano, she is also an actress, songwriter and dancer. She has a vocal range of over three octaves and has sung in many different languages, including English, Latin, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Italian and Russian. Her genres include classical crossover, operatic pop, symphonic rock/metal, pop, new age, rock, dance, electronica, techno and folk. She really does it all.
Brightman kicked off her career in the dance troupe "Hot Gossip." She released several disco singles solo and then made her West End musical theatre debut in "Cats" in 1981. It was here she met composer and future husband, Andrew Lloyed Webber. She starred in several Broadway musicals including Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" before divorcing him and retiring from stage. She then returned to her music career as a classical crossover artist. Some people say she is the creator of this genre and is definitely the most prominent of its performers. She is the world's best selling soprano of all time, topping worldwide charts and producing best-selling singles. She has received over 180 gold and platinum sales awards all over the world and has been named by Billboard as the 5th most influential and top-selling classical artist of the 2000s decade in the United States.
Most recently, Brightman has been focusing her attention on her "commitment to humanitarian and charitable causes, her contribution to the promotion of cultural dialogue and the exchanges among cultures." She was appointed as the UNESCO Artist for Peace in early 2012. She has also formed The Brightman STEM Scholarship program for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program helps young women in the United States pursue STEM education throughout college. Upon receiving the UNESCO Artist for Peace Award, Brightman announced that she is in the midst of recording a new studio album, "Dreamchaser," which is set to be released in January 2013. She will also embark on another World Tour in 2013. She will be at the Boston Opera House on Tuesday, February 5.