Sarah Brightman Takes On Macau

(интервью Сары Брайтман изданию http://www.asiatatler.com/ перед концертом в Макао 24.10.2010.)

At 50, Broadway sensation and once wife of Andrew Lloyd Weber, Sarah Brightman still consistently changes her stage image. As she preps for her debut performance in Macau on Sunday, Asiatatler.com chats with the versatile woman

BY MEIMEI SONG
22 OCT 09:06

Sarah Brightman will grace The Venetian Arena in Macau this Sunday and she can't wait to wow the audience with her debut performance, she reveals. Probably best known for her Broadway performances in award-winning West End musicals such as Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, her operatic voice has won her a legion of loyal fans over the years. Today, her pace, or rather, her tone has changed: she has sailed to Asia and has turned her focus to genres such as pop. "While theatre was very enjoyable at that time, I never really felt that I fit in that well, I felt that I had to really work at it. But when my solo career took off, I felt like I could be myself at last", she confesses.

As she prepares for her performance this Sunday, Asiatatler.com catches up with the newly reinvented Brightman.

Asiatatler.com: Your profile has been bigger, especially after you sung in the Beijing Olympics. Is this your new direction?

Sarah Brightman: I didn't realize how popular I was until album Laluna, after that we started getting calls from China. Only then, I found that things I was doing was being enjoyed over there.

I don't think of the world with a separation in that way. Culturally it is very different, [but] I feel the world is my home, I don't separate it.

AT: You have reputation for large theatrical show, what can the audience expect from your upcoming performance in Macau?

SB: This time round it is not a large theatrical performance, I wanted to do something different, I wanted to bring in some music that I haven't been singing in concerts before. It will be more like a concert then an arena production without the visuals that I usually do.

AT: You've also been doing a lot more popular music, rather then classical music. Which genre do you find more difficult?

SB: I find popular music harder for me, as classical [music] is how I was trained as this is my base for everything. With pop music, the style changes, you're dealing with a different rhythm, it is a mental attitude you have towards it. It is almost like changing gears.

AT: How does doing a solo career compare to the West End shows you did in the past?

SB: While theatre was very enjoyable at that time, I never really felt that I fit in that well, I felt that I had to really work at it. But when my solo career took off, I felt like I could be myself at last. I am quite an individual and my voice is quite an individual. I felt that I wasn't having to fit in with someone else or a production, the story line was my own. I just felt like I'm in the right place now.

AT: You've recorded in the past with Kiss, sung Middle Eastern music as well as music in Japanese. Is there anyone you'd like to record with?

SB: A lot of the people I sang with I never thought would happen. It was very natural and organic. I wouldn't say I am the duet kind of artist, it just happens.

AT: Have you been to Macau previously? What are your thoughts?

SB: Yes, I was scouting places to see the possibilities for a movie [of] which I will start production soon. I was surprised with what I found.

AT: What is this movie you are referring to?

SB: It is not theatrical at all, it is getting there... I can't talk too much about it, it is coming together piece by piece.

AT: What artists do you listen to these days?

SB: I quite like Radiohead, Muse, Lily Allen. There are lots and they are quite diverse... I like Air. As musicians we listen to all sorts of things to enjoy.

AT: Back in the day, being in a musical was a great platform to launch a singing career. Today, what are your thoughts on this career route?

SB: It is hard to answer. Musicals are not my taste, I don't go see them. I just happen to be in quite notable musicals of that time (Cats and The Phantom of the Opera). I felt they were different and innovative, the composer was innovative. I never felt that they were normal.

AT: You have been quite public about your personal life, which for the most part is unusual for a public figure like yourself. Was this a conscious decision?

SB: Only because I've been asked and I don't like to hide things. I'm not saying it has been pleasurable being asked that you know sometimes if you are a public person in that you are in the press a lot, sometimes it is just easier to say okay this is what happened so that it is sound and fed. Otherwise they may think you're hiding something or there is more, it is better to get it out of the way.