Sarah Brightman

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Sarah Brightman at the opening ceremony of the 2007 World Championships in Athletics.

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


  • When I sing, I close my eyes. If I see a feather, everything is fine. Without this image in my mind, the sound is not 'truthful' enough and I must begin again. I have to. I first had this feeling, this instinct with Phantom of the Opera and since then have always listened to it.
  • It really is strange the way I work for success but when I get there cannot appreciate it. I enjoy the road to success and the struggle — even when it gets hard. But when I achieve my goal, I feel suddenly and totally stressed. Only in retrospect can I begin to enjoy the moment and admit just how great it was.
    • Notes in the CD booklet for The Trees They Grow So High (1988).
  • In the past, I always used to be looking for answers. Today, I know there are only questions. So I just live.
    • Notes in the CD booklet for The Trees They Grow So High (1988).
  • You do have to be fairly selfish when you have a gift. You cannot afford to let too many outside things get in the way.
    • The Independent (1997)
  • I'm a very talented person, I know that. I'm a very gifted person. I have a lot of imagination. I work hard. I feel I have the attributes within myself to have achieved what I have done. There has been no luck, no miracles. The only miracle has been this voice.
    • The Irish Times (1999)
  • (on her marriage to Andrew Lloyd Webber) It was such a creative time. Everything was happening very fast. He was writing, I was singing. He was inspired, and I was inspired. I didn't really have time to think about it. I didn't really have time to read things about it, either. I got a sense of things, which made me quite nervous at times. But, no, we were running all the time then, doing things. It was fun, but also a lot of pressure.
    • The Irish Times (1999)
  • I don't know who my audience is. People have said there is an integrity about me, and I think there is. I don't try to follow a trend. I have my own little path, and although I delve into things, I stay with what I am. I'm quite natural with it. Maybe people feel comfortable with that and they trust it, so they buy it. They'll come and see me in concert. I think I always do a good job in that area.
    • The Irish Times (1999)
  • (on the promotional photos for her Classics CD) The opera world was shocked! But the image is very classical. It's taken from Botticelli's portrait of Venus, who's standing in a seashell with her hair covering her body. It's very sensual. It represents the vulnerable side of me. Although I'm not wearing any clothes, it comes across very well.
    • The Straits Times (Singapore) (2001)
  • (on the colour of her eyes) Sometimes they're grey/green, sometimes they're grey, and some people think they are blue. So, I can't tell you!
    • The Straits Times (Singapore) (2001)

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