Sarah Brightman (born 14 August 1960) is an English classical crossover soprano, actress, musician, songwriter, conductor, and dancer.

Brightman has sung in many languages including English, Spanish, French, Latin, German, Turkish, Italian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Catalan.

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 later 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.

Her 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.

Brightman's 1996 duet with the Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, "Time to Say Goodbye", topped charts all over Europe and became the highest and fastest selling single of all time in Germany, where it stayed at the top of the charts for 14 consecutive weeks and sold over 3 million copies. It subsequently became an international success selling 12 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. She has now collected over 180 gold and platinum record awards in 38 different countries. In 2010 she was named by Billboard the 5th most influential and best-selling classical artist of the 2000s decade in the US and according to Nielsen SoundScan, she has sold 6.5 million albums in the country.

Brightman is the first artist to have been invited twice to perform the theme song at the Olympic Games, first at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games where she sang "Amigos Para Siempre" with the Spanish tenor José Carreras with an estimated global audience of a billion people, and 16 years later in 2008 in Beijing, this time with Chinese singer Liu Huan, performing the song "You and Me" to an estimated 4 billion people worldwide.

In 2012, Brightman was appointed as the UNESCO Artist for Peace for the period 2012–2014, for her "commitment to humanitarian and charitable causes, her contribution, throughout her artistic career, to the promotion of cultural dialogue and the exchanges among cultures, and her dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organization". Also, since 2010, Brightman is Panasonic's global brand ambassador.

Apart from music, Brightman began a film career, making her debut in Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008), a rock opera-musical film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, and in autumn 2011 and early 2012 Stephen Evans' "First Night", starring opposite Richard E. Grant. Brightman is the world's richest female classical performer with a fortune of £36 million. In 2014, she began training for a journey to the International Space Station set for 2015. In May 2015, she postponed the flight until further notice, citing personal reasons. Brightman was awarded the decoration 'Cavaliere' in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic on 2 June 2016.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Requiem Andrew Lloyd Webber; Plácido Domingo, Sarah Brightman, Lorin Maazel 5 7
1989 The Songs That Got Away Sarah Brightman 3 6
1990 As I Came of Age Sarah Brightman 3 2
1992 Sarah Brightman Sings the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber Sarah Brightman 4
1992 A Christmas Spectacular of Carols and Songs Michael Crawford, Michael Ball, Paul Nicholas, Sarah Brightman, Dave Willetts, Elaine Paige, and the cast of Les Misérables, 42nd Street, Cats, Anything Goes, Phantom of the Opera, Chess, Me & My Girl 1
1993 Dive Sarah Brightman 3 5
1995 Surrender: The Unexpected Songs Sarah Brightman 2
1995 Fly Sarah Brightman 5
1997 Timeless / Time to Say Goodbye Sarah Brightman 3 8
1998 The Trees They Grow So High Sarah Brightman 3 1
1998 Eden Sarah Brightman 4 12
2000 La Luna Sarah Brightman 3 10
2003 Harem Sarah Brightman 3 8
2007 Symphony Sarah Brightman 3.65 9
2008 A Winter Symphony Sarah Brightman 3 7
2013 Dreamchaser Sarah Brightman 9
2016 Gala The Collection Sarah Brightman 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection Sarah Brightman 3 7
2001 The Very Best of 1990-2000 Sarah Brightman 2
2001 Classics Sarah Brightman 3 6
2002 Encore Sarah Brightman 3 4
2004 The Harem Tour Sarah Brightman 1
2005 Love Changes Everything: The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection, Volume 2 Sarah Brightman 3
2006 Diva: The Singles Collection Sarah Brightman 3
2009 Amalfi: Sarah Brightman Love Songs Sarah Brightman 1
2009 Bella Voce Sarah Brightman 1
2009 Sarah Brightman Sarah Brightman 1
2014 Voce ~ Beautiful Songs Sarah Brightman 2
2015 Rarities II Sarah Brightman 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 One Night In Eden Sarah Brightman 1
2001 La Luna (Live in Concert) Sarah Brightman 1
2004 The Harem World Tour: Live from Las Vegas Sarah Brightman 3
2009 Symphony: Live in Vienna Sarah Brightman 5 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper Sarah Brightman And Hot Gossip 2
1979 The Adventures of the Love Crusader Sarah Brightman and The Starship Troopers 2
1980 Love in a U.F.O. Sarah Brightman 1
1981 My Boyfriend's Back Sarah Brightman 1
1983 Him Sarah Brightman 1
1983 Rhythm of the Rain Sarah Brightman 1
1986 All I Ask of You Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman 1
1987 The Theme From 'a Room With a View' (Doretta's Dream) Sarah Brightman 1
1989 Anything but Lonely Sarah Brightman 1
1992 Amigos para siempre (Friends for Life) José Carreras & Sarah Brightman 1
1993 Captain Nemo Sarah Brightman 5
1993 The Second Element Sarah Brightman 1
1995 Heaven Is Here Sarah Brightman 1
1995 A Question of Honour Sarah Brightman 2
1996 Time to Say Goodbye Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli 2
1997 Just Show Me How to Love You Sarah Brightman & London Symphony Orchestra feat. José Cura 1
1997 Who Wants to Live Forever Sarah Brightman 1
1998 Eden Sarah Brightman 2
1998 Starship Troopers United Citizen Federation feat. Sarah Brightman 2
1998 There for Me Sarah Brightman & London Symphony Orchestra feat. José Cura 1
2001 A Whiter Shade of Pale / A Question of Honour Sarah Brightman 1
2003 Harem Sarah Brightman 3
2003 Free Sarah Brightman 2
2003 It's a Beautiful Day Sarah Brightman 1
2007 I Will Be With You Sarah Brightman 1
2013 One Day Like This Sarah Brightman 1
Something to Believe In Sarah Brightman 0


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 New Collection Sarah Brightman 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Sarah Brightman Sarah Brightman 1

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