Sarah Brightman of 'Phantom of the Opera,' plans space travel
Sarah Brightman, who originated the role of Christine in "Phantom of the Opera," is planning to travel to space.
The 52-year-old singer announced on October 10 that she is a cosmonaut in training and will be traveling to the International Space Station. Brightman will spend six months training in Russia's Star City and said she is going to outer space to help UNESCO to encourage the education of females in the areas of science and sustainability.
"This extraordinary voyage has been many months in the planning but more accurately, has been many years in the making," Brightman said in a press conference, which can be seen in the video below. "Throughout most of my life, I felt an incredible desire to take the journey to space that I have now begun."
Brightman said that she has wanted to travel to space since she was 8 years old and watched Neil Armstrong take his first steps on the moon.
"There, as a small an incredulous child, I watched a man bound gently from the steps of a rocket ship and land on the surface of the moon," she said. "This really was an adventure, it was something miraculous. For me, it was an epiphany."
The trip and training typically charge over $60 million. Brightman, who has earned millions for her tours and albums, will most likely received sponsorships for her journey, which will include a ten day orbit. She also expressed interest in doing a promotional "space concert."Brightman is known for originating the role of Christine Daae in the Broadway musical, "The Phantom of the Opera," which was written by her former husband, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. The couple wed in 1984 and separated in 1990, due to Webber's infidelity.
Brightman continued to appear in musicals and went on to become a classical crossover artist. Her duet with Andrea Bocelli, "Time To Say Goodbye," topped European charts and became one of the best-selling singles of all time.
In 2012, she became the UNESCO artist for peace for 2012 through 2012. She and Virgin Galactic also launched The Brightman STEM Scholarship program to aid young women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
If she completes her mission, Brightman will be the first recording artist in space and the eighth private space explorer to take such a journey.
Several celebrities have reportedly expressed interest in space travel, including Katy Perry, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Paris Hilton, Stephen Hawking and Tom Hanks.
Former *NYSYNC singer Lance Bass tried to travel to space, but his efforts fell through. It was reported in March that Ashton Kutcher would travel to space on Virgin Galactic's rocket plane.