Brightman will be part of a three-person crew travelling to the ISS on board a Soyuz rocket. Once on the ISS, according to a press statement, Brightman "will orbit the Earth 16 times daily and intends to become the first professional musician to sing from space." The final scheduling of her trip to the space station will be determined in the coming months.
In conjunction with her role as a UNESCO Artist for Peace ambassador, Brightman sees life on board the space station – which requires the shared consumption of resources and a focus on sustainability – "as a model for how we might better inhabit our planet. During her estimated 10-day tenure on board the space station, Brightman will advocate for UNESCO’s mandate to promote peace and sustainable development to safeguard our planet’s future."
"I don't think of myself as a dreamer. Rather, I am a dream chaser," said Brightman in a statement. "I hope that I can encourage others to take inspiration from my journey both to chase down their own dreams and to help fulfill the important UNESCO mandate to promote peace and sustainable development on Earth and from space. I am determined that this journey can reach out to be a force for good, a catalyst for some of the dreams and aims of others that resonate with me."
As previously reported, Brightman will release her newest solo recording, "Dreamchaser," in January 2013, a collection of songs that has been influenced by the feelings and challenges of her space adventure. In 2013 she will also launch a concert tour that will visit five continents. Brightman will then embark upon six months of training in Russia ahead of her flight to the ISS.
"We are very enthusiastic to announce Sarah Brightman's desire to launch to space. I have deep admiration for Sarah, not only for her well deserved title of being the world's best-selling soprano, but for the young girl who was inspired by Yuri Gagarin and Neil Armstrong to reach for her own star. We look forward to working with her to make her dream a reality," said Eric Anderson, Chairman of Space Adventures, Ltd., in a statement. "I am pleased to announce that Sarah Brightman has been selected to participate in our spaceflight training program. This past July, Ms. Brightman completed and passed all of the required medical and physical evaluations; she's fit and mentally prepared for our spaceflight training program. We will work closely with Space Adventures in supporting Ms. Brightman's spaceflight candidacy," added Alexey Krasnov, Head of Piloted Programs Department.
Brightman will share pictures and experiences via her website (www.sarahbrightman.com).
Sarah Brightman, who had a '70s dance hit on the British pop charts, caught the public's attention in Andrew Lloyd Webber's megahit The Phantom of the Opera when she created the role of opera singer Christine Daae. She also appeared in Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love before launching an internationally successful concert and recording career. In fact, her duet with tenor Andrea Boccelli, "Time to Say Goodbye," was certified gold in the U.S. and was number one on the Billboard charts for over 30 weeks. Her other solo recordings include, among others, "Symphony," "Encore," "Classics," "Fly," "La Luna," "Timeless," "Eden," "Fly 2," "Dive," "As I Came of Age," "Songs That Got Away" and "Sarah Brightman Sings the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber."