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Sarah Brightman

In a genre-defying music career that could be described as nothing less than spectacular, Sarah Brightman has established herself as the world's best selling soprano of all time.

Her extraordinary abilities as a consummate recording artist and live performer have allowed her to achieve sales of more than 26 million albums and two million DVDs, and earned her more than 150 gold and platinum sales certifications in 34 countries on all continents. She remains the only artist ever to hold the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Classical and Dance charts simultaneously. Ms. Brightman's unprecedented crossover success has also helped pave the way for such performers as Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo, and Josh Groban, and earned her nearly every major music award on the planet, including a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records for the success of Time to Say Goodbye, the best-selling single in German recording history.

Above all, Sarah Brightman is one of the most trailblazing entertainers of her time, effortlessly transcending and blending musical styles from pop, rock, and Broadway show-stoppers, to operatic and classical arias, all the while captivating audiences around the globe with her exquisite voice and her undeniably electrifying stage presence.

In addition to her impressive record-sales figures, in 1992 Sarah closed the Barcelona Olympic Games with a performance seen by an astounding two billion viewers. In 2004, she grossed $60 million on the record-breaking Harem World Tour, playing to an audience of 700,000 worldwide. And in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sarah performed to a crowd of 120,000 in a single night.

Yet, in spite of her mass appeal, each album she delivers makes a strong personal statement and cuts right through to the heart and soul of the individual listener. Her latest is certainly no exception. Symphony – Ms. Brightman's first new studio recording in five years – luminously exemplifies the meaning of that very word. Symphony is defined as "a harmonious combination of elements, especially an effective combination of colors."

Recorded in Germany, the USA and the UK, Symphony features all new songs, and was created by Sarah with long-time producer Frank Peterson. In addition to reuniting her with Andrea Bocelli on the sweeping, romantic Canto Della Terra, the characteristically eclectic album features collaborations with Spanish counter tenor sensation Fernando Lima (Pasión), Italian tenor Alessandro Safina (Sarai Qui), and rock superstar Paul Stanley (KISS) on I Will Be with You (Where the Lost Ones Go). Another highlight is Running, the International Association of Athletics Federation Green Project Charity song, which Sarah performed at their Championships opening ceremonies in Osaka, Japan. 2008 could offer audiences another opportunity to witness the tremendous impact Sarah has made as a live entertainer as a tour is in the works.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.
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Sarah Brightman Facts

BirthdayAugust 14, 1960 (63)
BirthplaceBerkhamstead, England, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Sarah Brightman Symphony: Live in Vienna
Dreamchaser: In Concert
Sarah Brightman in Concert
1st Night
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