Soprano seeks to go where no singer has gone before
Soprano seeks to go where no singer has gone before The International Space Station (AP photos)
Soprano seeks to go where no singer has gone before
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British soprano Sarah Brightman is aiming to perform where no professional singer has ever gone before: the International Space Station.

The 54-year-old says she is working with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, her ex-husband, to create a song she will sing in space after she blasts off Sept. 1 in a Russian Soyuz rocket.

Brightman, known to many for her role years ago in the musical "The Phantom of the Opera" and for a duet with tenor Andrea Bocelli, told reporters she felt "overwhelmed" and excited but not yet nervous as she prepares for her trip.

"I would like to sing something from space," she said. "We're trying to work out all the technical details. Obviously it's quite a complex thing to do."

She said she and Lloyd Webber are working to find a song that "suits the idea of space" while scientists iron out how to make the performance work, possibly with a choir or another singer on Earth.

"I'm trying to find a piece which is beautiful and simple in its message, as well as not too complicated to sing," she said.

Brightman would not disclose the cost of the trip reportedly $52.8 million but maintained she is paying for it herself. She played the original lead in "Phantom," was an original cast member in "Cats," and has sold 30 million records worldwide.

On the journey, arranged by the private space company Space Adventures, the singer will be part of a three-person team and spend 10 days aboard the space station.

She began training in January at Star City near Moscow, spending hours every day learning Russian, becoming familiar with all the space equipment and training in high g-force launch simulators.

"It feels like you've got an elephant on your chest, that's the only way I can explain it when you're in centrifuge," she said.

Brightman said she has wanted to go into space since she watched the first moon landing in 1969 as a 9-year-old.

"For me to have got this far and have a taste of what I felt at that time, to be part of the future, is an amazing thing," she said.

Critical thinking challenge: Why has no professional singer sung in space?

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  • BrigitteA-3
    4/01/2015 - 11:41 p.m.

    As a British opera singer, Sarah Brightman has so many records worldwide and has recently had the opportunity to sing in space. She will perform on the International Space station accompanied by other astronauts for a total of ten days. Sarah has always wanted to go into space ever since she was a little girl, and now she finally can. I think it is so cool that this opera singer has the opportunity to perform in space.

  • KiraWvA-4
    4/02/2015 - 09:45 p.m.

    The British soprano Sarah Brightman is working with her ex-husband, Andrew Lloyd Webber, on a song she will sing in space. She is paying for the endeavor herself, which may be 52.8 million dollars, and training with Space Adventures in Russia. Sarah is famous for her original lead role in the musical about an opera, "The Phantom of the Opera" and for a role in "Cats" along with other musical accomplishments. She is to be a civilian who has dreamed of going into space since a child and now has taken the opportunity to do it, which I think is cool. It shows how diverse dreams of yours can come to fruition, even though your life might not be geared towards dreams that are not within its spectrum.

  • Ashleypatt
    4/06/2015 - 01:46 p.m.

    Sarah has been working on a song now for a long time! She is a very popular singing and has many albums. When she was a little girl she has always wanted to go up in space and sing. So today she gets to go up in space for a total 10 days and sing the song she has wrote. She has many opportunist and many more to come.

  • TreyvaunT
    4/06/2015 - 01:51 p.m.

    Going into space is something I would rather let other people do. going somewhere where you will die instantly if your suit brakes doesn't sound fun to me. What if something happens and you get left there. You can't go anywhere, and your food will eventually be gone. What do you do then?

  • AllisonLogan1
    4/09/2015 - 05:35 p.m.

    A singer is aiming to go sing where no has ever sung at before, in space! A good thing is that this is the first time someone will be going to space to sing. A bad thing is that something might go wrong while she is up there. A interesting thing is that she has been wanting to go to space since she saw the first moon landing when she was younger and now she is finally getting to go!

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