This 2000 recording, which charted all over Europe before its U.S. release, features another mix of classical and pop stylings... Plus
bonus tracks not on the European editions! In addition to the title track by Dvorak, it includes Hijo de La Luna
by J.M. Cano; the traditional Scarborough Fair
; How Fair This Place
, which she herself adapted from Rachmaninov's music and lyrics; Procol Harum's Whiter Shade of Pale
; the bluesy Gloomy Sunday
; and other from Beethoven, Dvorak, Brothers Gibb and more, performed in English, French, Spanish and Italian.
La Luna (Italian and Spanish for "the moon") is a concept album recorded by English soprano Sarah Brightman in 2000. It was released under license by Nemo Studios to Angel Records. The album combines pieces written by classical and modern composers.
The classical pieces are "How Fair This Place" ("Здесь хорошо") by Rachmaninov; "Figlio Perduto", which is based on Symphony No. 7 (Beethoven); Solo Con Te (Handel); Aria "La Luna" from Opera Rusalka.
With La Luna, Brightman combined elements of her traditional operatic background with her newer style of pop music. "Hijo de la Luna" (translating to "Son of the Moon" in Spanish) is a cover originally performed by the Spanish synthpop band Mecano. Written by Ennio Morricone, "La Califfa" is the title track of the 1970 Italian film with the same name. The underlying concept of the album is the moon. So far, it has sold over 873.000 copies in the U.S.
* "Scarborough Fair" (2000)
* "La Luna" (Promo in Brazil) (2000)
* "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" (2001)
* "Here with me" (Promo EU) (2001)
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Sarah Brightman (born 14 August 1960) is an English classical crossover soprano, actress, songwriter and dancer. She began her career as a member of the dance troupe Hot Gossip and released several disco singles as a solo performer. In 1981, she made her musical theatre debut in Cats and met composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, whom she married. She went on to star in several Broadway musicals, including The Phantom of the Opera, where she played the role of Christine Daaé.The Original London Cast Album of the musical was released in CD format in 1987 and sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it the biggest-selling cast album of all time.
After retiring from the stage and divorcing Lloyd Webber, Brightman resumed her music career with former Enigma producer Frank Peterson, this time as a classical crossover artist. She is among the most prominent performers in the genre, with worldwide sales of more than 30 million records and 2 million DVDs. The Recording Industry Association of America has named her the best-selling female classical artist of the twenty-first century in the United States.
Her duet with the Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, "Time To Say Goodbye", topped charts all over Europe and became the highest and fastest selling single of all times in Germany, where it stayed at the top of the charts for fourteen consecutive weeks breaking the all-time sales record, with over 3 million copies sold in the country. and subsequently became an international success with 12 million copies worldwide. She has now collected over 180 gold and platinum sales awards in 38 different countries. Brightman has been invited two times to perform at the Olympic Games, first in 1992 at the 1992' Barcelona Olympic Games where she sang "Amigos Para Siempre" with the Spanish tenor Jose Carreras with an estimated global audience of a billion people, and sixteen years later in Beijing, this time with Chinese singer Liu Huan and performing the song "You and Me" to an estimated 4 billion. http
Apart from music, Brightman has begun a film career, making her major debut in Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008), a rock opera-musical film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, And in summer 2009, she completed filming Stephen Evans' "Cosi" or "First Night" in which she plays the role of a conductor, opposite Richard E. Grant. In addition, she recently formed her own production company, Instinct Films, where her first film is in pre-production.
Family and early life
Brightman is the eldest of six children of businessman Grenville Geoffrey Brightman (1934–1992) and Paula Brightman (née Hall). She was raised in Little Gaddesden, a village near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England, and lived in John O'Gaddesden House in the village. At age three, she began taking dance classes at the Elmhurst School for Dance in Camberley, Surrey., Daily Mail, 22 March 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2008. and went on to perform in local festivals and competitions.Price, Deborah Evans. Billboard Magazine, 19 January 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2008. At age 11, she successfully auditioned for The Arts Educational School, Tring Park, a boarding school specialising in performing arts. Although Brightman was teased by other students and attempted to run away, she nevertheless remained at the school. Later, she auditioned for the Royal Ballet in London but was rejected."Wrapped up in her gift". The Independent. 8 November 1997. Brightman continued to study dance, particularly jazz, as a pupil of choreographer Arlene Phillips. At 13, on 1973 Brightman made her theatrical debut in the musical I and Albert at the Piccadilly Theatre, London, playing one of Queen Victoria's daughters (Vicki).httphttp Popera diva Sarah Brightman to dazzle Korean fans
In 1977, she was recruited to lead Arlene Phillips' troupe Hot Gossip. More provocative than Pan's People, the group 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. Hot Gossip released a follow-up single, "The Adventures of the Love Crusader", six months later, but it failed to chart.Clayton-Lea, Tony. "Call me Ms. Dependable". The Irish Times, 6 February 1999. Brightman, now solo, released more disco singles under Whisper Records, such as "Not Having That!" and a cover of the song "My Boyfriend's Back".Chin, Siew May. Official biography, part one. . In 1979, Brightman appeared on the soundtrack of the movie "The World Is Full of Married Men" and sings the song Madam Hyde.http The World Is Full Of Married Men Movie Soundtrackhttp The World Is Full of Married Men
1981–1989: Stage career
PhantomoftheOpera-BoatScene.PNGrightthumbMichael Crawford and Sarah Brightman performing the title song of The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre. In 1981, Brightman auditioned for the new musical Cats and was cast as Jemima. In rehearsals she met Andrew Lloyd Webber. After a year in Cats, Brightman took over from Bonnie Langford as Kate in The Pirates of Penzance at the Drury Lane Theatre, London and appeared in "Masquerade" as Tara Treetops. A musical based on Kit Williams book of the same name. On that year she left to play the title role in Charles Strauss' children's opera, Nightingale.http
Enticed by a rave review, Webber went to watch her in the show one evening and was flabbergasted. It seemed inconceivable that he could have missed such vocal talent when she'd been in his show for a year. It would be an awakening that would alter more than just his perception of her. It would alter the course of their careers and lives. The two married in 1984, and Brightman appeared in many of Lloyd Webber's subsequent musicals including Song and Dance and the mass Requiem, the latter written for her.
Scarcely a year later, Brightman's crystalline recording of Pie Jesu rocketed up the charts, selling 25,000 copies on the first day of release and peaking at number 3; no mean feat for a song in Latin. With classical music permeating the Lloyd Webber household (Brightman was in heavy operatic training at the time), Webber was moved to write the Requiem Mass as a tribute to young victims of war. Its Manhattan premiere, starring Placido Domingo and Sarah Brightman, was filmed by both PBS and the BBC for later broadcast. The LP eventually became UK's top selling classical album of the year and earned Brightman a Grammy nomination as Best New Classical Artist."
Brightman starred as Christine Daaé in Lloyd Webber's adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera. The role of Christine was written specifically for her. Lloyd Webber refused to open The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway unless Brightman played Christine. Initially, the American Actors' Equity Association balked, due to their policy that any non-American performer must be an international star. Lloyd Webber had to cast an American in a leading rôle in his next West End musical before the Equity would allow Brightman to appear (a promise he kept in casting Aspects of Love). In the end, it was a compromise that more than paid off. Phantom chalked up a staggering $17 million in advance sales prior to opening night on Jan 28, 1988, and generated a public and media frenzy that is unmatched since.Time. Brightman performed the show on Broadway for six months "" 18 January 1988. Retrieved 15 October 2006. The original cast album was the first in British musical history to enter the music charts at number one. Album sales now exceed forty million worldwide and it is the biggest selling cast album of all time, apart has gone six times platinum in the US, twice platinum in the UK, nine times platinum in Germain, four times platinum in the Netherlands, 21 times platinum in Korea and 17 times platinum in Taiwan.http
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, also Brightman sang the song Make Believe at the end during the credits of the children's film "Grandpa", Howard Blake wrote the music and lyrics.http
By 1990, Brightman and Lloyd Webber separated. After their divorce, Brightman played the lead in Lloyd Webber's Aspects in London opposite Michael Praed, before transferring to Broadway. Her work in Aspects notwithstanding, Brightman steeled herself and set forth to find her own footing. Perhaps the most poignant declaration of independence came in the form of her second solo album from this period, an eclectic but personal collection of folk-rock songs that she had hand-picked. It was a departure from musical theatre and indeed, a departure for Webber himself. More tellingly, the album bore a most prescient title: As I Came of Age.
1990s: Solo career
In 1992, Really Useful Records released Sarah Brightman Sings the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. This was only released in Japan and Australia. It has two different CD covers. The Australian version has the extra Olympics Song "Amigos Para Siempre" on it. Brightman and José Carreras closed the Barcelona Olympic Games singing the theme song "Amigos Para Siempre" to a worldwide audience of 3 billion people. The song was released on seven-inch vinyl and CD single. The CD single also has the rarer Spanish version of the song. The lyrics, written by Don Black, are in English, except for the title phrase which is repeated in English, Spanish and Catalan.http
Her stage career curtailed, Brightman pursued solo recording in Los Angeles. Inspired by the German band Enigma, she requested to work with one of its members. Her request was answered and in 1991 Brightman traveled to Germany to meet producer Frank Peterson. Their first release was Dive (1993), a water-themed pop album that featured "Captain Nemo", a cover of a song by the Swedish electronica band DiveDemalon, Tom. "". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 February 2007., the album is considered the first success of Brightman in Canada, getting her first gold record in this country.
Fly (1995), a pop rock album and her second collaboration with Peterson, propelled 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.Malich, Daniel. "". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 February 2007.
Time To Say Goodbye.jpgrightthumbThe cover of the Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman single Time to say Goodbye.
"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 became an international hit and sold more than 3 million copies in Germany alone, became Germany's best-selling single, and was successful in numerous other countries; the album eventually sold over 12 million copies worldwide. Due to the song's success, a 1996 re-issue of Fly featured "Time to Say Goodbye" as the first track. It is regarded as one of Brightman's, and indeed Bocelli's, signature songs.
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). By 2009 the album had sold 1.4 million copies in the U.S. alone and 4 million worldwide.
In September 1997, Brightman performed a tour in United Kingdom and Germany called Sarah's Timeless Concert Tourhttp and during that period released under the label Really Useful Records The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection which became a top-selling hit album in the United States.http Brightman's mainstream exposure in the United States also began around this time, starting with an appearance in a December 1997' PBS television special, duetting "Time to Say Goodbye" with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.
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. The same year, Brightman starred A Christmas in Vienna along Placido Domingo, Helmut Lottie and Riccardo Cocciante singing traditional Christmas carols.http On 7 April 1998 she was one of the guest stars in Andrew Lloyd Webber's 50th Birthday Celebration singing Hossanaa with Dennis O'Neill, Pie Jesu, Phantom of the Opera with Antonio Banderas, All I Ask of You with Michael Ball and Music of the Night.http In 1999, she appeared on the album I Won't Forget You by Princessa, another artist with whom Peterson had worked.http
2000–2004: Further mainstream success
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",Dumpert, Hazel-Dawn. "". Yahoo! Music. 6 March 2000. Retrieved 4 August 2006. while Allmusic called Eden "a winning combination"Phares, Heather. "". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 August 2006. and La Luna "a solid, stirring collection".Buss, Bryan. "". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 August 2006.
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 addition, both albums reached #1 on Billboard's Classical Crossover charts. In 2000, PBS's La Luna concert, Brightman sang There for Me in a duet with an up and coming star, Josh Groban. 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.
Brightman ventured into film acting in 2000 when she was part of the cast of the German film Zeit der Erkenntnis, based on Rosamunde Pilcher book.http
In 2001, Brightman released Classics, an compilation album of operatic arias and other classical pieces including a solo version of "Time to Say Goodbye", this was released worldwide except Europe, on the other hand, the album peaked at #66 on the Billboard's 200 charts (certified gold for selling over 500.000 copies in the U.S) and reached #2 on Billboard's Classical Crossover charts, Entertainment Weekly although calling Brightman a "stronger song stylist than a singer", gave the album a grade of B-.Bernardo, Melissa Rose. "". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 5 August 2006.
In 2002, Brightman released "The secret" on 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.
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.
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), #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. In March 2004, the album was listed as one of the year's top-selling albums by the label, having moved over 1,1 million copies worldwide.
The albums Eden, La Luna and Harem were accompanied by live world tours which incorporated the theatricality of her stage origins. Brightman acknowledged this in an interview, saying, "They're incredibly complicated... natural. I know what works, what doesn't work, all the old tricks.""Reesman, Bryan. "Siren Soprano". Yahoo! Music. 9 April 2001. Retrieved 4 August 2006. 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.name="billboard_ukartists"
Recently, the Harem tour grossed $60 million and sold 800,000 tickets, $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%. 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 in-stage seating during the concert and a backstage pass. 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."Powers, Ann. "". The New York Times. 27 September 2000. Retrieved 24 November 2006. In contrast, a reviewer from the Boston Globe deemed the Harem tour "unique, compelling" and "charmingly effective."Morse, Steve. "". The Boston Globe. 2 February 2004. Retrieved 28 December 2006.
Television specials on PBS 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. Indeed, her concert for Eden was among PBS's most grossing pledge events.Chin, Siew May. , Metro Times Detroit, 19 November 2000. Retrieved 1 September 2007.
2006–2008: Diva and Symphony
Sarahbrightmansymphonyconcertauburnhillsmichigandec32008.jpgrightthumbSarah Brightman performing during her Symphony World Tour in Auburn Hills.
Brightman released a DVD collection of her music videos on 3 October 2006 under the title of Diva: The Video Collection. 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. The Singles Collection scanned 36,000 units sold in the United States, which achieved lower sales compared to its previous compilation album Classics. Her other reflective offerings for Europe were The Very Best of 1990-2000 and Classics: The Best of Sarah Brightman. These four compilation albums were intended as a marketing strategy to bridge the gap between Brightman's previous 2003 album Harem and her next album that would be released on early 2008.
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.. Retrieved 14 December 2006. The pair finished the competition in third place.
Subsequent appearances include the Concert for Diana in July 2007, where she sang "All I Ask of You" from The Phantom of the Opera with Josh Groban, Around 15 million people from across the UK watched Concert for Diana at home, and it was broadcast to over 500 million homes in 140 countries; 7 July 2007 Chinese leg of Live Earth in Shanghai, where she performed four songs ("Nessun Dorma", "La Luna", "Nella Fantasia" and "Time to Say Goodbye") and debuted her single "Running" at the 2007 IAAF Championships in Osaka, Japan on 25 August. She also participated at the 2007 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, where she performed "The Journey Home" on the Jolly Polly Pirate Ship. She recorded a duet with Anne Murray singing "Snowbird" on Murray's 2007 album Anne Murray Duets: Friends and Legends.
On 29 January 2008, Brightman released her first album in five years: Symphony, influenced by gothic music., CBS News, 29 January 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2008/ The Title track of the album "Symphony" is a cover of "Symphonie" by the German band Silbermond.
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 32,033 copies in first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Nevertheless, the album flopped in the Billboard 200 top album chart, lasting only eleven weeks on the list and selling about 220,000 units in the United States. In contrast, the album debuted in the top five in countries like Canada, Mexico, Japan, Tawian, China and in the top twenty across Europe.
Featured on the album are artists Andrea Bocelli, Fernando Lima, and KISS vocalist Paul Stanley, who duets with Brightman on "I Will Be with You", the album version of the theme song to the 10th Pocket Monsters motion picture, Dialga VS Palkia VS Darkrai (Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai).Price, Deborah Evans. The song "Symphony" is a cover version of the song "Symphonie" by the German band Silbermond., Reuters, 12 January 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2008. On 16 January 2008, she also appeared in concert at Vienna’s Stephansdom Cathedral performing songs from her new album. Special guests that sang duets with Brightman include Italian tenor Alessandro Safina, Argentinean countertenor Fernando Lima, and British singer Chris Thompson. Brightman made several appearances on television in the United States to promote Symphony, including Fashion on Ice on NBC on 12 January, The View on 30 January, Martha 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 of the United States Capitol in Washington D.C.. The top-rated show was broadcast live on PBS before a concert audience of 300,000 and millions more at home, as well as to American troops serving around the world on the American Forces Radio and Television Network., 29 January 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2008/
Brightman made her feature film debut as Blind Mag in the rock musical film Repo! The Genetic Opera which was released on 7 November 2008.
Brightman was cast in the film at the last minute after the original actress who was cast for the role was dropped.
On 8 August 2008, Brightman sang the Olympic theme song, "You and Me", with Chinese star Liu Huan in both Mandarin and English at the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony. The song was broadcast to over five billion viewers. In the 26 hours after the performance, "You and Me" was downloaded 5.7 million times., 24 March 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2010 /
On 4 November 2008, Brightman released her first holiday album, entitled A Winter Symphony, the album debuted at number #38 on the Billboard Top 200 and scored a number six in the Top Holiday Albums, being the first entry for Brightman on this chart http . To accompany Symphony and A Winter 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 had never been seen before in any touring concert production. It grossed over $13 million in the first North American leg with 32 shows overall, cited as one of the top-grossing tours of the 2008 holiday season in North America.
In addition to the tour, there were other appearances to promote the Christmas album such as the Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas parade where Brightman sang "Silent Night" airing on ABC in the Christmas Morning. Brightman also performed in the Japanese TV show Happy Xmas Show (Nippon Television Network) which was aired on NTV(Japan) on 23 December. Filmed at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Los Angeles, the songs performed included Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War is Over)" and "Symphony". Finally, the "I Believe in Father Christmas" music video was premiered on Amazon as part of their Twelve Days of Christmas program. The video was featured on the Music Homepage.
According to an article posted on Billboard, Brightman and EMI parted ways shortly after her Symphony: Live in Vienna was released. Stated in the cited article, "The buzz about Brightman's exit was fueled earlier this week when her picture disappeared online and Billboard, citing unnamed sources, reported Friday that Brightman, 49, dropped the label.
Following her performance at the Beijing Olympics, Brightman was appointed as the Shanghai 2010 World Expo Promotion Ambassador in Britain. In anticipation of the Expo, she launched "Shanghai Week in London", which showcases the city's heritage and culture.
In response to persistent calls for a global release of the Symphony: Live in Vienna concert, EMI Music launched worldwide the PBS special which features Brightman's landmark performance at Vienna’s St. Stephen's Cathedral on January 16th, 2008, in both audio and visual formats. The Symphony — Live in Vienna television special debuted on PBS in March 2008 during the network’s spring pledge drive and aired throughout the month. The album went Gold in Taiwan in a record-breaking ten days, a success never achieved by an overseas artist before.
The music of Brightman was featured in the movie Amarufi: Megami no hôshû (international title: Amalfi: Rewards of the 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, Brightman released only in Japan an album titled Amalfi - Sarah Brightman Love Songs which reached Gold status in the aforementioned country.
Sarahbrightmanchichenitza.jpgthumbright265pxBrightman performing in the Concert of the Pyramid in Chichen Itza, Mexico.
Autumn 2009 saw Brightman starting a new concert tour called "Sarah Brightman In Concert" covering Latin America with 13 sold-out performances in Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. The last venue of the tour was at the archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Called "The Concert of the Pyramid", the event meant Brightman becoming the first woman to give a concert at this new wonder of the world.
In November 2009, Brightman was in charge of the main theme song for the NHK's historical drama series Saka no Ue no Kumo. The song's lyrics are entirely in Japanese. 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 18 November 2009.
In 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.
Brightman's career is now expanding into other disciplines. In summer 2009, she completed filming Stephen Evans' "Cosi," in which she plays the role of a conductor, opposite Richard E. Grant. In addition, she recently formed her own production company, Instinct Films, where her first film is in pre-production.
On 15 September 2010, Brightman appeared on America's Got Talent's finale episode before that season's winner was revealed. The soprano was the celebrity guest duetting with ten year old favorite contestant Jackie Evancho.
Given the increasing popularity of Brightman in Asia, the artist's record company prepared a tour there with 5 gigs in Tokyo alone, followed by presentations on Kanazawa, Nagoya, Osaka. The singer headed to perform in Canada, Macau, South Korea and Ukraine as well.
On 3 November 2010, Brightman was invited to sing at the Tōdai-ji Buddhist temple complex located in the city of Nara, Japan. The temple is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara". The concert was recorded and later broadcasted nationwide by TBS network.
On 27 January 2011 Hunan Broadcasting System, China's second biggest television network after China Central Television (CCTV) invited Brightman to participate in their Spring Festival, analogous celebration to the New Year's celebrations in the Western countries. She sang Scarborough Fair -Brightman's evergreen song in China- and Nessun Dorma. Monetary compensation to the artist was of more than one million yuan (US 150,000).
When announcing the arrival of Brightman in their country, Chinese press took the opportunity to mention China's appreciation and gratitude for the singer by her donations for the development of China after the Wenchuan earthquake.
Brightman's popularity continues to rise remarkably in Asia, with high profile appearances and sales. Recently, Brightman was South Korea's best-selling international artist of 2010 with her album Diva: The Singles Collection charting the almost the whole year in the #1 spot ahead Mariah Carey, Jason Mraz, Michael Jackson, Eminem, among others. The album was released in 2006, but charted again in both 2009 and 2010 when Brightman toured there with the Symphony World Tour and Sarah Brightman In Concert With Orchestra. Diva was certified three times platinum in South Korea. Also, her 1998' digital single Nella Fantasia has sold almost 400,000 copies in the country.http
Legal action against YouTube
Frank Peterson, a German composer, producer and copyright holder for several of Sarah Brightman's performances, sued YouTube in Germany for allowing Brightman's work to be posted by users. The Hamburg state court has now ruled that Google Inc.'s subsidiary YouTube LLC must pay.
Music and voice
BeijingOlimpicGames2008-08-08.jpgthumbright265pxSarah Brightman and Liu Huan performing "You and Me" the Beijing Olympic theme song.
Brightman underwent vocal training first with Elizabeth Hawes, head of the Trinity Music College in London, and later with Ellen Faull of Juilliard. She currently studies with internationally known voice teacher David Romano. She has a three-octave vocal range.Alter, Gaby. "". 1 April 2004. Retrieved 22 August 2006. According to Brightman, her voice sometimes reaches an F6.Perusse, Bernard. , Times Colonist, 4 February 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2008.
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."
She sometimes uses her pop and classical voices in the same song. One example is "Anytime, Anywhere" from Eden, a song based on 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. Another example is heard in the Lions Gate film Repo! The Genetic Opera, during the songs "Chase The Morning" and "Chromaggia" by her character, Blind Mag.
Brightman's music is generally classified as classical crossover. According to Manhattan Records GM Ian Ralfini, she is largely responsible for the popularity of the genre. In a 2000 interview with People, Brightman dismissed the classical crossover label as "horrible" but stated she understood people's need to categorise music.Charaipotra, Sona. People Weekly, 6 November 2000. Her personal influences include '60s and '70s musicians and artists such as David Bowie and Pink Floyd, and she incorporates aspects of genres from pop/rock to classical. Her work has also been compared to that of Madonna, Cher and Celine Dion.Selvin, Joel. , San Francisco Chronicle, 7 March 2001. Retrieved 1 September 2007. 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). She sings in many languages including English, Spanish, French, Latin, German, Italian, Russian, Hindi, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.
At age 18, in 1979, Brightman married Andrew Graham-Stewart, who then managed the German band Tangerine Dream.http In 1983, she divorced Graham-Stewart. She met Andrew Lloyd Webber when she performed in Cats, and Lloyd Webber later divorced his first wife, Sarah Hugill, to marry her on 22 March 1984.Larsdotter , Åsa in Hampshire. Their marriage saw intense media and tabloid scrutiny. Brightman acknowledged the marriage in a 1999 interview as a "difficult time" but also one of much creative output. They are currently on friendly terms; at the 20th London anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera, Lloyd Webber called Brightman a "wonderful woman" and "absolutely beloved mentor". He appeared as a special guest in her 1997 concert at the Royal Albert Hall (London).
Brightman has suffered several personal crises. In February 1992, her 57-year-old father committed suicide by asphyxiation in his car in Hertfordshire after divorce and financial issues. Later, she experienced an ectopic pregnancy and two miscarriages with Peterson. In an interview with British magazine Hello!, she said motherhood would have been "lovely" but accepted that she would never have a child.Barber, Richard. Hello!. 5 December 2006.
Her personal assets have been estimated to be around £30m (about US$49m)., Times Online, 2 May 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2009
Sarah Brightman has a younger sister named Amelia Brightman, who has collaborated with both Sarah and Gregorian.
* 1986 Grammy Nomination, Best Classical Artist, USA
* 1996 Echo Award nomination: Best Female Artist, Germany
* 1996 RSH Gold: Best Female Artist, Germany
* 1997 Echo Award nomination: Best Female Artist
* 1998 Echo Award: Best Song Time To Say Goodbye
* 1998 Golden Lion Award: Best Live Performance, Germany
* 1998 Goldene Europa Award: Best Female Artist, Germany
* 1998 Guinness Book Entry: Germany’s Best-Selling Single of All Time Time to Say Goodbye
* 1998 Grammy Taiwan: Best Selling Record Timeless
* 1998 Unesco Hand-in-Hand Award
* 1999 Czechoslovakian Grammy: Singer of the Year
* 1999 Echo Award nomination: Best Female Artist, Germany
* 1999 The Point Trophy, Dublin-Ireland: Highest-Grossing Ticket Sales One Night in Eden
* 2000 IFPI Award, Europe: Album sales exceeding one million copies in Europe Timeless
* 2001 New Age Voice Music Award, USA: Best Vocal Album
* 2003 Media Control Award, GAS: Biggest Hit of All Time Time To Say Goodbye
* 2004 Arabian Music Award: Best Collaboration (“The War Is Over” with Kazim Al Saher)
* 2004 Arabian Music Award: Best Female Artist
* 2005 New York Film Festival: First Prize, Music Documentary (A Desert Fantasy)
* 2005 New York Film Festival: Third Prize, Music Video Time to Say Goodbye
* 2007 The 21th Japan Gold Disc Award 2007: Classic Album of the Year Diva: The Singles Collectionhttp
* 2009 The 23th Japan Gold Disc Award 2009: Classic Album of the Year A Winter Symphony
* 2009 The 24th Japan Gold Disc Award 2010: Classic Album of the Year Amalfi - Sarah Brightman Love Songs
* 2009 Mexico's Lunas del Auditorio nomination: Best Pop-album in foreign language Symphony: Live in Viennahttp
* 2010 Mexico's Lunas del Auditorio nomination: Best Pop-artist in foreign languagehttp
*Golden Key to the city of Chicago
*Golden Key to the city of Istanbul
*I and Albert (as Vicky and street waif), 1973 Picadilly Theatre, London
*Cats (as Jemima), 1981 New London Theatre
*The Pirates of Penzance (as Kate), 1982
*Masquerade (as Tara Treetops), 1982
*Nightingale (as Nightingale), 1982 Buxton Festival and the Lyric, Hammersmith
*Song and Dance (as the girl), Palace Theatre in London on 28 April 1984
*The Merry Widow (as Valencienne), 1985
*The Phantom of the Opera (as Christine Daaé), 1986 Her Majesty's Theatre London, 1988 Broadway
*Aspects of Love (as Rose Vibert), 1990
*Trelawny of the Wells (as Rose Trelawney), 1992
*Relative Values (as Miranda Frayle), 1993 Chichester Festival and Savoy Theatre
*Dangerous Obsession (as Sally Driscoll), 1994 Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke
*The Innocents (as Miss Giddens), 1995 Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke
*Granpa, 1989 animated children's film, singing "Make Believe" over the end credits
*Brokedown Palace, 1999 singing "Deliver me".
*Zeit der Erkenntnis, 2000 feature film (Germany), as herself
*Repo! The Genetic Opera, 2008 feature film, as Blind Mag
*Amarufi: Megami no hôshû (Amalfi: Rewards of the Goddess), 2009 feature film (Japan), as herself
* First Night (aka Cosi), 2010 feature film, as Celia
* 1988: The Trees They Grow So High
* 1990: As I Came Of Age
* 1993: Dive
* 1995: Fly
* 1997: Time to Say Goodbye
* 1998: Eden
* 2000: La Luna
* 2003: Harem
* 2008: Symphony
* 2008: A Winter Symphony
Albums with Lloyd Webber
* 1989: The Songs That Got Away
* 1992: Sarah Brightman Sings the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
* 1995: Surrender
* 1997: The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection
* 2002: Encore
* 2005: Love Changes Everything
* 2001: The Very Best of 1990-2000 & Classics
* 2006: Classics: The Best of Sarah Brightman & Diva: The Singles Collection
* 2009: Amalfi - Sarah Brightman Love Songs & Bella Voce
*"A Timeless Evening With Sarah Brightman" (UK and Germany) 1997
*"One Night In Eden Tour" 1999
*"La Luna World Tour" 2000–2001
*"Harem World Tour" 2004–2005 (2004: Worldwide, 2005: Mini-Tour in Japan)
*"The Symphony World Tour" 2008–2009
*"Sarah Brightman In Concert" October 2009 (Latin America)
*"Sarah Brightman In Concert With Orchestra" October 2010 (Japan, Korea and Macau)
* Andrea Bocelli - "Time to say Goodbye", "Canto Della Terra"
* Plácido Domingo - Requiem (Lloyd Webber), "The Closing of the year", "La ci darem la mano", "Love Unspoken", "Time to say goodbye", "La Traviata: Libiamo ne' lieti calici... Brindisi", "Die Lustige Witwe - Lippen Schweigen","The Phantom Of The Opera: All I Ask Of You", "West Side Story: Maria & Tonight"
* José Carreras - "Amigos para Siempre ", "Love Unspoken", "La Traviata: Libiamo ne' lieti calici... Brindisi"", "Subaru"
* Michael Crawford - The Phantom of the Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber)
* José Cura - "Just Show Me How to Love You", "There for Me"
* Josh Groban - "There for Me", "All I Ask of You"
* Andrew Lloyd Webber - "Whistle Down the Wind"
* Tom Jones - "Something in the Air"
* Antonio Banderas - "The Phantom of the Opera"
* Cliff Richard - "All I Ask of You", "Only You"
* Gregorian - "Moment of Peace", "Join Me", "Héroes", "When A Child is Born", "Send Me An Angel", "Voyage Voyage", "Eden", "Don’t Give Up"
* Riccardo Cocciante - "Frohlice Weihnacht", "Cantemos Rapaces", "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", "Silent Night"
* Kazem Al Sahir - "The War is Over"
* Nigel Kennedy - "Free"
* Ofra Haza - "Mysterious Days"
* Chris Thompson - "How Can Heaven Love Me", "I Will Be With You (Where The Lost Ones Go)", "The Phantom of the Opera"
* Fernando Lima - "Pasión", "Ave Maria"
* Alessandro Safina - "Sarai Qui", "Canto Della Terra", "The Phantom of the Opera" (Symphony World Tour - México, Asia)
* Mario Frangoulis - "Carpe Diem", "Sarai Qui", "Canto Della Terra", "The Phantom of the Opera" (Symphony World Tour - EE.UU., Canadá)
* Paul Stanley - "I Will Be With You (Where The Lost Ones Go)"
* Liu Huan - "You And Me"
* Dj Schiller - "The Smile", "I've Seen it All"
* Sash! - "The Secret Still Remains"
* Michael Ball - "All I Ask of You", "Seeing is Believing"
* Richard Armitage - "Desert Fantasy"
* Andrzej Lampert - "I Will Be With You (Where The Lost Ones Go)"
* Sergey Penkin - "I Will Be With You (Where The Lost Ones Go)"
* I Muvrini - "Tu Quieres Volver"
* Eric Adams - "Where The Eagles Fly"
* Jacky Cheung - "There For Me"
* Steve Harley - "The Phantom of the Opera"
* Erkan Akin - "Just Show Me How To Love You","The Phantom of the Opera", "Canto della Terra" and "Sarai Qui" in "Sarah Brightman In Concert 2009" a Tour in South America "Latin American Tour".
* Paul Miles-Kingston - "Pie Jesu"
* Connar Burrowes: "Pie Jesu" (This Is Your Life: Andrew Lloyd Webber, 1994)
* Adam Clack: "Pie Jesu" (In Concert "At The Royal Albert Hall" - 1997)
* Ben De'Ath: "Pie Jesu" (The Andrew Lloyd Webber Celebration, 1998)
* Andrew Swait: "Pie Jesu" (The Classical Brit Awards - 8 May 2008)
* Eric Scott Kincaid - "The Phantom of the Opera"
* David Malek - "The Phantom of the Opera: All I Ask Of You"
* Mark Butcher - "Take The Weather With You", "Heroes", "Leaving On A Jet Plane", "Let's Face The Music And Dance", "Music Of The Night", " Ain't No Sunshine", "The Rose", "Moon River"
* Anne Murray - "Snowbird"
* Lesley Garrett - "Abide with me" (FA Cup Final 19 May 2007)
* Betty Buckley - "Memory" (Kennedy Center Honor - 3 December 2006)
This Duets was announced but were never made:
* Florent Pagny - "Just Show Me How To Love You"
* Biondo - "I Will Be With You (Where The Lost Ones Go)"
*List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. dance chart
*List of number-one dance hits (United States)
*List of Operatic Pop artists
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