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Sarah Brightman Biography

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Born: 1960/08/14
Birth Place: Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England
Years Active: 1976–present
Genres: Classical Crossover, Operatic Pop, Symphonic Rock

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 as an album 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, with over 5 million in album sales in the United States 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 1997 duet with the Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, "Time To Say Goodbye" became the highest and fastest selling single of all time in Germany with over 3 million copies sold there. It subsequently became an international success with 12 million copies sold worldwide.

She has collected over 180 gold and platinum sales awards in 38 different countries.

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.