Sarah Brightman

Sarah Brightman Arrives in Russia, Preparing for Space Journey – (FT)
English classical crossover soprano and songwriter, Sarah Brightman, wants to see stars up close and personal. According to reports, ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ singer will start training for her September Flight to the international Space Station (ISS).
Editor : David JACKMAN
Category : SCIENCE
19 January 2015 / Monday 20:28:35

From Full-time Whistle

After a delay due to family illness, British singer Sarah Brightman began months of preparation on Monday at Russia’s Star City cosmonaut training center for a 10-day, $52 million trip to the International Space Station.

The 54-year-old soprano, best known for her role in “The Phantom of the Opera,” was originally slated to start training for her October flight last week, but Russian space official Alexey Krasnov told the Itar-Tass news service that the initial sessions were postponed due to “family reasons.” Brightman reportedly paid a visit to her ailing mother in Britain. Earlier reports suggested that the singer herself had caught a cold.

Itar-Tass quoted the training center’s press service as saying Brightman plans to “sing onboard the station to the accompaniment of an orchestra on Earth” during her space trip. Brightman’s backup, Japanese entrepreneur Satoshi Takamatsu, is in Russia for training as well. Just don’t expect him to hit the high notes in “Music of the Night” if Brightman has to bow out.

British singer Sarah Brightman speaks during a news conference Monday at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, outside Moscow. Brightman is expected to fly to the International Space Station in a Soyuz spacecraft with Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen in October.

This guy looks like Ringo’s brother but doesn’t sing like him.


6 responses to “Sarah Brightman

      • Yeah . . . but her music, for the most part, likely isn’t your cup of tea. She doesn’t play a horn or the keyboards — only sings. Once the spouse of Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the music he wrote for Phantom of the Opera was orchestrated so that she could sing them all. I like the song too, and she sings so wonderfully and in such an effortless manner. Very talented.

      • I’m no Andrew Lloyd Webber fan but her operatic stuff is fine. I know so many people with a narrow taste in music it is a shame. The modern country is just commercialized glop created off a program of sellable ingredients. The teenage top 40 is the same. Other than that… Tahitian dance music, Celtic, cowboy, even a little of the older heavy metal stuff suits me if I can listen at a proper volume. Just about any live music is fine because the talent and bravery justifies some mistakes in the name of spontaneity. Being a music snob is too limiting in such a short life.

        Marj played Sarah Brightman’s CD with this on it and it was a hit with us immediately. Sometimes that wears off. Not on this one.

        Also. I think all the tough talk on Russia is just more justification for expanding government. No one is denying that eastern Ukraine and Crimea favor alignment with Russia and look at the EU. It is on a pretty shaky foundation. I don’t blame the Swiss for wanting to decouple their currency. Then they present it as some kind of disaster for investors. But all those investments were on margin, backed by nothing. They deserve to go broke. Correct me if I’m wrong.

        On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 4:23 PM, alternativebyfritz wrote:


  1. I have very eclectic tastes in music. I don’t enjoy much that is on the radio, but I have CD players in my cars and at home that allow me to play music from my eclectic collection: Blues, Jazz, Folk, Country, Rock, Americana, Pop, Soul, Classical. I do not abide music snobs well.

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