It's a casual and simple enough request. However, attempts to respond invariably begin with a prolonged pause.. as one tries to formulate a response that can meaningfully encapsulate the longevity, diversity and mystique of Sarah Brightman.
After all, how can one adequately summarize a career that has defied categorization.....a voice that has defied description..... and an appeal that has defied conventional demographics?
Few performing artistes have sustained a chart-topping career spanning three decades. And fewer still can lay claim to a career that has so boldly conquered the disparate areas of dance, pop, rock, musical theatre, core classical and world music.
Added to this unparalleled longevity and diversity, is the distinction with which Sarah Brightman has infused each body of work.
Whether it is setting the trend for provocative dance moves in Hot Gossip, originating the female lead in Phantom of the Opera, or spearheading an entire genre of music known as "classical crossover," Sarah has blazed many trails for willing followers.
Widely recognized as a pioneer of the classical crossover genre (recently dubbed the "pop-opera" movement), Sarah is often cited as the inspiration for new crossover artistes, such as Il Divo. Others, like Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban, have seen their careers take off, after successful recording and touring collaborations with Sarah.
Whether you favor Sarah's musical theatre powerhouse vocals, her spine-tingling arias, or her chaste, sparkling pop voice, you'll find that her latest releases celebrate the full spectrum of her multi-faceted talents.
Diva: The Singles Collection, Diva: The Video Collection and Classics: The Best of Sarah Brightman are comprehensive anthologies of the hit recordings and music videos spanning Sarah's astounding three-decade career.
Indeed, it's the quintessential Sarah Brightman compendium that will serve as your response to that formerly daunting request: "Tell me more about Sarah..."