About Sarah Brightman
Over a career spanning more than four decades, soprano singer and actress Sarah Brightman has conquered the world of musical theater and recorded albums in various genres, including classical, opera, dance, and pop.
• Brightman started taking dance and piano lessons at age three and made her theater debut at 13 in the musical I and Albert.
• In 1978, while a member of the dance troupe Hot Gossip, Brightman scored a Top 10 UK hit with the space-disco jam “I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper.”
• She joined the cast of Cats in 1981 and from there nabbed roles in The Pirates of Penzance and Nightingale.
• In 1984, she married composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and the following year, she reached No. 3 on the UK charts with “Pie Jesu,” from her husband’s Requiem.
• She originated the role of Christine Daaé in Webber’s adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera in 1986. The following year’s original cast album has sold more than 40 million copies around the world.
• Brightman released her debut album, The Trees They Grow So High, in 1988. The following year brought The Songs That Got Away, a collection of songs from short-lived stage shows.
• Her 1997 album Timeless (known as Time to Say Goodbye in the US) went gold or platinum in more than a dozen countries, including the US, where it sold more than a million copies. The song “Time to Say Goodbye,” a duet with famed opera singer Andrea Bocelli, has sold more than 12 million copies globally.
• For 2008’s Symphony, she took the unusual step of dueting with both Andrea Bocelli and Kiss lead singer Paul Stanley.
• In 2018, she embarked on a massive world tour that was to include 125 shows on five continents.
HOMETOWNBerkhamsted, Hertfordshire, Engla
BORNAugust 14, 1960