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Sarah Brightman

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Born: August 14, 1960; Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire  
Sarah Brightman is an internationally well-known soprano whose activity in several musical genres places her among the leading crossover artists of her time. Her light soprano voice is attractive and chameleonic: conductor David Caddick has observed that Brightman actually possesses two rather distinctive voices: one for pop-oriented music and the other for more serious fare. She has sung Broadway, operetta, popular and contemporary music, rock, Read more Gregorian chant, and operatic arias. Much of the Broadway music she has performed was written for her by Andrew Lloyd Webber, her former husband. She starred in the premieres of The Phantom of the Opera and Aspects of Love and has appeared in numerous other Lloyd Webber musicals and works. Brightman has made frequent television appearances, especially on the BBC in England and PBS in the U.S. She has recorded prolifically for EMI, Angel Records, Manhattan Records, Decca Broadway, and Polygram UK.

Sarah Brightman was born in Berkhamsted, England, on August 14, 1960. At three she was dancing and at 16 she became a member of the dance troupe Pan's People, who regularly appeared on the BBC's Top of the Pops. Brightman's first hit was the 1978 disco song "I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper," made with the dance group Hot Gossip.

In 1981 Brightman appeared in Lloyd Webber's Cats as Jemima. Three years later she married the composer, and in 1986 appeared in The Phantom of the Opera as Christine, a role specifically conceived for her. Though the two divorced in 1990, Brightman continued to regularly sing Lloyd Webber works in concert.

After hit albums Dive (1993) and Fly (1995) Brightman was a front-rank international star. In 1997 her fame broadened in the U.S. with her appearance on an Andrea Bocelli special on PBS, where she sang a duet with Bocelli of her then-new hit "Time to Say Goodbye." The following March, PBS aired a special devoted to Brightman herself, Sarah Brightman in Concert at Royal Albert Hall.

In 2001 the versatile singer turned out Classics (EMI), a CD of operatic and classical works, and two years later she branched out further with Harem (Angel Records), a recording featuring Middle Eastern music. Brightman's 2007 appearance in the Concert for Diana featured her in a duet with Josh Groban singing "All I Ask of You." Her first album in five years appeared in 2008 with the Manhattan Records CDSymphony. Read less
The All-star Christmas Album / Battle, Brightman, Et Al
Release Date: 10/20/1998   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 457357   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Britten: Vocal Works
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 151642 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Henry Purcell,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Heather Harper,  Neil Mackie,  Barry Tuckwell,  Roger Vignoles  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Steuart Bedford,  Richard Armstrong,  Jeffrey Tate  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Andrew Lloyd Webber: Icon
    Label: Verve   Catalog: 001854402 Release Date: 08/06/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew L. Webber
    Performer:  Murray Head,  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Glenn Close,  Betty Buckley  ... 
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    Essential British Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 40306 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Susan Graham,  Emmanuelle Haïm,  Maurice André,  Jane Parker-Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Alexander Briger,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Emmanuelle Haïm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert D'Astrée,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
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    Essential Britten
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 40292 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Heather Harper,  Neil Mackie,  Barry Tuckwell,  Ida Haendel  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Iona Brown,  Steuart Bedford,  Paavo Berglund  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Endymion Ensemble
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    Essential Encores
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 05149 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Bazzini,  Niccolò Paganini,  Fritz Kreisler,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Vag Papian,  Maxim Vengerov,  Michael Rabin,  Tasmin Little  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Rudolf Kempe,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi,  Nash Ensemble
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  • 6.
    Classical 2011
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 97577 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gioachino Rossini,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Placido Domingo,  Joyce DiDonato,  Geoffrey Parsons  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson,  Eugene Kohn,  Eduardo Müller,  Robert Prizeman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble,  Quatuor Ebène
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    The Placido Domingo Story [3-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001515302 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Umberto Giordano,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Monserrat Aparici,  Pedro Di Proenza,  Tatiana Troyanos  ... 
    Conductor:  Nello Santi,  Rafael Kubelik,  Lamberto Gardelli,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Bella Voce
    Label: Green Hill   Catalog: 5564622 Release Date: 09/15/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jon Marsh / Helena Marsh,  Traditional,  Francesco Sartori,  Frank Peterson / Michael  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Brightman
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    Vivere - Live In Tuscany / Andrea Bocelli [Blu-ray]
    Label: Sugar   Catalog: 001294459 Release Date: 06/02/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Heather Headley,  Sarah Brightman,  Chris Botti  ... 
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  • 10.
    Best Encores 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64752 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alexander Goedicke,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Teodor Grigoriu,  Ernesto De Curtis  ... 
    Performer:  Ole Edvard Antonsen,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Placido Domingo,  Cheryl Studer  ... 
    Conductor:  John Barker,  Asher Fisch,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Franz Welser-Möst  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris  ... 
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  • 11.
    Sarah Brightman Sings The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber
    Label: Polydor   Catalog: 1201 Release Date: 02/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber
    Performer:  Sarah Brightman
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  • 12.
    Benjamin Britten - The Collector's Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 17526 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 37
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Andrew Mead,  Jill Gomez,  Norman Bailey,  Penelope Walker  ... 
    Conductor:  Reginald Goodall,  Richard Hickox,  Daniel Harding,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trinity Boys Choir,  City of London Sinfonia,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus  ... 
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  • 13.
    Symphony / Sarah Brightman
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 46078 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
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    Vivere - Live in Tuscany (w/CD) / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001066950 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Heather Headley,  Sarah Brightman,  Andrea Bocelli  ... 
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    Vivere - Live In Tuscany (W/Dvd) / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001066500 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Chris Botti,  Lang Lang,  Sarah Brightman,  Andrea Bocelli  ... 
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  • 16.
    The Best Of Andrea Bocelli - Vivere
    Label: Sugar   Catalog: 000998802 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Celine Dion,  Laura Pausini,  Sarah Brightman,  Andrea Bocelli  ... 
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  • 17.
    The Best Of Andrea Bocelli - Vivere (Deluxe Edition W/Dvd)
    Label: Sugar   Catalog: 001008600 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Celine Dion,  Laura Pausini,  Sarah Brightman,  Andrea Bocelli  ... 
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  • 18.
    Andrea Bocelli - A Night In Tuscany
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000679209 Release Date: 04/18/2006  
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Francesco Cilèa,  Various
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Sarah Brightman,  Nuccia Focile,  Zucchero
    Conductor:  Marcello Rota
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Philharmonic Orchestra,  Pisana Chorus
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  • 19.
    Total Classics / Pavarotti, Westenra, Terfel, Fleming, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000395202 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  John Tavener,  Ludovico Einaudi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Renée Fleming,  Sarah Brightman,  Ian Le Grice  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Gemignani,  Stephen Layton,  Ludovico Einaudi,  Roger Norrington  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Holst Singers,  Czech National Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Timeless / Sarah Brightman, London Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Warner Brothers   Catalog: 19066 Release Date: 04/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Sarah Brightman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Classical Hits / Brightman, Church, Ma, Pavarotti, Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89702 Release Date: 09/11/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark O'Connor,  Tan Dun,  Carl Orff,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Mark O'Connor,  Edgar Meyer,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Joshua Bell  ... 
    Conductor:  Tan Dun,  John T. Williams,  David Zinman,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Shanghai Symphony Orchestra,  Shanghai Percussion Ensemble,  Tanglewood Festival Chorus  ... 
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  • 22.
    The Phantom Of The Opera / Original London Cast
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 543928 Release Date: 02/06/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber
    Performer:  Sarah Brightman,  John Aron,  Janet Devenish,  David Firth  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Reed
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Ave Maria - The Myth Of Mary
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 21480 Release Date: 03/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfons X (El Sabio),  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Pietro Mascagni,  Franz Biebl  ... 
    Performer:  Francoise Atlan,  Joel Cohen,  Sarah Brightman,  Sergei Nakariakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Joel Cohen,  Paul Bateman,  Herbert von Karajan,  James O'Donnell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Mediterranea,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Chanticleer  ... 
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  • 24.
    The All-star Christmas Album / Battle, Brightman, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457357 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  James Lancelot,  Paul Miles-Kingston,  Sarah Brightman,  Cheryl Studer  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Ion Marin,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 25.
    A Gala Christmas In Vienna / Domingo, Brightman, Lotti
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60396 Release Date: 09/29/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Lennon,  Ian Anderson,  Domingo, Placido, Jr.,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Brightman,  Riccardo Cocciante,  Placido Domingo,  Helmut Lotti
    Conductor:  Steven Mercurio,  Paul Bateman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir,  English National Opera Orchestra
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