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'''Sarah Brightman''' (b 14 August 1960), depending on who you ask, is best known for one of three things: playing Christine in AndrewLloydWebber's ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', being a classical crossover singer, or appearing in ''RepoTheGeneticOpera''. This is a consequence of her reinventing herself enough times to rival ''{{Madonna}}'' (or perhaps Music/DavidBowie). A chronology:

The disco era. Yes, there was an era before ''Phantom''. In her late teens, she and the British dance troupe Hot Gossip scored a hit with the song "I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper," which is pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin and an attempt to cash in on the popularity of ''StarWars'' and similar space films that came out during this time. She released many solo singles as well.

The MusicalTheatre era. Long story short, she met AndrewLloydWebber while soloing on his ''Requiem'' album, married him, and starred in a number of his musicals, most famously as Christine in ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' -- a part written specifically for her. Much tabloid attention was had.

The early solo era. Brightman and Webber eventually divorced -- more tabloid attention was had -- and she released several now-obscure, rather uneven solo albums such as "As I Came Of Age." All this pales in comparison to:

The Frank Peterson era. Around the early '90s, Brightman heard the work of Enigma, liked it a lot, and got in touch with one member of the group, Frank Peterson. He has been her producer ever since (and was her boyfriend for much of the decade.) Her albums since then include:

* ''Dive'': Water-themed, unsurprisingly, and somewhat of a transition from the early solo era. Most fans consider it to be somewhat uneven.
* ''Fly'': A rock/electronic album, the likes of which she has never recorded since. Also contains one of her first classical crossover singles, "A Question of Honor."
* ''Eden'': Her first true "classical crossover" album.
* ''La Luna'': Like ''Eden'', but more ethereal. Moon-themed.
* ''Harem'': Middle Eastern-themed and more influenced by electronic and dance music.
* ''Symphony'': Classical crossover again.
* ''Dreamchaser'': Space-themed (in celebration of her flight to the International Space Station in 2013). Time will tell as to what genre it falls under, but her first single, "Angel", seems to be classical crossover.

She's also appeared in ''RepoTheGeneticOpera'' as [[BrokenBird Blind Mag]], in one of the more pronounced WTHCastingAgency in that film.

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!!Provides examples of:
* AdaptationDyeJob: Sarah Brightman is the reason why Christine is brunette in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, not blonde as in the book.
* BreakupSong: "Free," "So Many Things"
* ChristmasSongs: On ''A Winter Symphony'', an entire album of them.
* ConceptAlbum: Most of her earlier albums would qualify.
* CoverVersion: She does a lot of them.
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: Many of her covers, but averted with [[http://www.xs4all.nl/~josvg/cits/sb/sb811.html Tu]], originally by Mecano. In effect, she's [[LesYay singing it to a woman]].
* ElegantClassicalMusician
* EpicRocking: Many of her songs, such as "A Question of Honor" and "Arabian Nights," are fairly long with several distinct sections. (In Arabian Nights, they're specifically delineated.)
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Several.
* HotterAndSexier: "Once In A Lifetime" was rewritten from its original version by Frank Peterson's old project Gregorian. This was the effect.
* IntercourseWithYou: Surprisingly, a lot of it. [[http://www.xs4all.nl/~josvg/cits/sb/sb305.html Once in a Lifetime]] is probably the most blatant example.
* LawOfInverseFertility: While in a relationship with George Peterson, she had an ectopic pregnancy and two miscarriages. Ouch.
* LyricalDissonance: "Once in a Lifetime."
* MistakenForCheating: "Hijo de la Luna." A gypsy woman makes a deal with the moon to find her a husband, as long as she agrees to give up her first-born child in return. The baby ends up as pale as the moon. Bad things happen.
* MurderBallad: "Hijo de la Luna" counts as one, but her folk-ballad album ''The Trees They Grow So High'' is unusual for NOT containing these.
* TheMuse: To Andrew Lloyd Webber, arguably to Frank Peterson.
* NewSoundAlbum: At least three times in her career.
* OfCorsetsSexy: Many of her costumes.
* PimpedOutDress: Her concerts are famous for these. [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_NjUov1-0KnU/SVAreEXpTxI/AAAAAAAAH6Y/QwHxvYKdI0Y/s400/Sarah+Brightman.bmp Just one glorious example.]]
* {{Sampling}}: An interesting variation; a lot of her early work contains samples from songs off "Sadisfaction," an earlier Frank Peterson album.
* ShoutOut: Over half the lyrics of "I Loved You"; a few in "As I Came Of Age". Nearly ''all'' of the lyrics in "I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper" consist of references to many different SciFi and SpaceOpera works.
* SopranoAndGravel: Most of her non-classical duets end up like this, particularly anything involving Chris Thompson.
* SpokenWordInMusic: "I Loved You" samples a ''RonaldReagan speech''.
* SweetPollyOliver: A rendition of the TropeNamer ballad is on her album "The Trees They Grow So High."
* ToTheTuneOf: "Running" is set to Holst's "Jupiter". "Figlio Perduto" is set to Beethoven. "Schwere Traume" is set to Mahler. It's a crapshoot whether these are credited or not.
* TruckDriversGearChange: Several songs -- "The War Is Over" for one.
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