Sarah Brightman made her theatrical debut at the age of thirteen in I and Albert at the Piccadilly Theatre, London. At sixteen, she was a member of the dance group Pans People and then, at eighteen, she joined Arlene Phillips’ dance group Hot Gossip.
In 1981, Miss Brightman performed in Cats at the New London Theatre as a member of the original cast. In 1982 she premiered Charles Strouse’s opera for children, The Nightingale, at the Buxton Festival. She repeated the role in London at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.
In 1985, she premiered Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem in New York and London for which she received a Grammy nomination as Best New Classical Artist. In the same year she also played the role of Valencienne in The Merry Widow for the New Sadler’s Wells Opera.
Miss Brightman created the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera which opened in October 1986 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London. She subsequently premiered the role when the show opened on Broadway in January 1988, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk award.
Sarah Brightman performed in the 1985 and the 1987 Royal Variety Shows and is also a successful British recording artist, with four Top Ten singles: “I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper” (1978), “Pie Jesu” (1985), “The Phantom of the Opera” (1987) and “All I Ask of You” (1986). She has had two Number One albums; Requiem (Classical Charts 1985); The Phantom of the Opera (1987) and she has appeared on the cast albums of The Nightingale (1982) and Song and Dance (1984). In early 1988, Miss Brightman completed a recording of folk songs by Benjamin Britten (on the HMV-Angel label) and portrayed Carrie on the new MCA recording of Carousel. In 1989 she completed her solo album The Songs That Got Away which was successful both in Britain and the United States.
Miss Brightman’s live performances have included engagements at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow with the Moscow Philharmonic Society Orchestra, and the Waldbuehne in Berlin with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Earlier this year she starred in Aspects of Love on Broadway, playing Rose Vibert. Recently, Miss Brightman has toured the United States and played the Prince Edward Theatre in London with The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Sarah is currently working on a new album with A&M records and is living in California.
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