Sarah Brightman

Operatic pop, Composer

1960 –

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Who is Sarah Brightman?

Sarah Brightman is an English classical crossover lyric soprano, actress, songwriter and dancer. She has sung in many languages, including English, Spanish, French, Latin, German, Italian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Catalan and Occitan.

Brightman 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 West End musical theatre debut in Cats and met composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, whom she married. She went on to star in several West End and Broadway musicals, including The Phantom of the Opera, where she originated the role of Christine Daaé. The Original London Cast Album of the musical was released in CD format in 1987 and sold 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 often credited as the creator of this genre and remains among the most prominent performers, with worldwide sales of more than 30 million records and 2 million DVDs, establishing herself as the world's best-selling soprano of all time.

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Born
Aug 14, 1960
Berkhamsted
Also known as
  • Sara Brightman
  • サラ・ブライトマン
  • Angel of Music
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Ethnicity
  • English people
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Education
  • Tring Park School for the Performing Arts
  • Elmhurst School for Dance
Lived in
  • Berkhamsted

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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