If you want a real education, try playing Hayley's Scarborough Fair, and then Sarah's version, from her "Moon" album (whose proper title escapes me but it is lovely album of songs about the moon, so I am not sure what SF is doing there) straight afterwards. That's cruel!!
I just watched her fabulous "Harem World Tour: Live from Las Vegas" concert and it was amazing! I have to admit, I didn't like everything she wore, and I particularly thought the trip-tease with the dancers at one number was a bit much. But I loved the cultural aspect, and her song choice. She truly is a wonder woman! I hope Hayley duets with her one day!
Hayley's Realm: The Proud Blog in Support of Hayley
It's been like 4 months since I seriously dug into Sarah's music; her Symphony rocks. One inexplicable thing is that I tend to correlate SB to KB, ie I always think Sarah is a classical Kate Bush. Does anyone share similar thoughts with me?
Sarah will sing theme song at Olympics Opening Ceremony
I just received this e-mail from Sarah's online newsletter. She will be performing at the Beijing Opening Ceremony, which starts in 40 minutes! Have a look!
Dear Sarah Brightman Fan,
We are very pleased to announce that Sarah, together with the Chinese singer Liu Huan, will be singing the official theme song of the 2008 Beijing Olympics!
Nearly 100,000 people will be present in the "Bird's Nest" Olympic stadium to watch the opening ceremony, and billions more worldwide are expected to tune in to watch the extravaganza.
The theme song, carefully kept secret via its omission from all three of the opening-ceremony rehearsals, will be revealed at the conclusion of the ceremony, which commences at 8pm Beijing time on Friday, August 8th.
For further details, please use the following links: Official Olympics website Press conference transcript
Needless to say, this is a tremendous honor, and we are thrilled that Sarah will once again be singing the theme song of the Olympic Games. Many of you already know that she also performed the theme song of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games with Jose Carreras to a global audience of two billion.
With that said, enjoy the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and Sarah's performance!
Tune in to watch!! Dori
Hayley's Realm: The Proud Blog in Support of Hayley
That was the second time Sarah opened the Olympics. The first time was back in 1992 in Barcelona and she sang 'Amigos Para Siempre (Friends for Life)' with José Carreras.
Argh, I've been reading back through this thread from posts I made over three years ago and I almost embarrassed at my gushing of Sarah. I don't actually feel that way now as much.
Her latest album, 'Symphony' has gone back to her 'Eden' and 'La Luna' roots, so if anyone was put off my Harem, you can safely go back to her newest release with ease. 'Fluer Du Mal' is her biggest track, but it's really superficial (sounds like they copy and pasted from a Within Temptation album), but the rest of the album is really mild with some classical and light pop. It's really not the 'gothic' she promised. The cover is as gothic as it gets.
As always, you can expect a harsh review, like I do with absolutely everything that's released! I gave it three out of five stars. I guess she went backwards as opposed to forwards, so I was little off with it, but I still really enjoy it, especially the title track! It's so beautiful. <3
There is also a trailer of most of the songs in my review, so you can play that and determine whether you want to take the chance of not.
For anyone that has found Sarah's voice overblown throughout the years, her voice has changed dramatically since Harem. She's not as good as she was. Something happened, or her training took her in the wrong direction. You only have to watch her appearence at the Princess Diana Memorial Concert with Josh Groban to know what I mean. :/
Are you sure? I thought eminent singers like Sarah, who also branched into Classical music, would prefer to sing live as much as possible. I don't know about other places, but in Hong Kong people are like treating singers who do lip-syncs as cheaters... Of course if the performing venue is a vast stadium one might have no choice but do a lip-sync, but at most times wouldn't it be better not to do that?
Yes, I'm sure, she mimes a hell of a lot. She even re-uses old live recordings at appearences and on some of her songs during her concerts. I'm not saying she does it all the time, there are certain reasons why she chooses to do this on certain songs at certain points. For example, she didn't sing 'Nessun Dorma' completely live at her Harem concerts, she re-used an older live recording for certain lines and notes. Probably because the note at the end is really demanding, and she is doing a two hour show every day of the week. Many artists take many songs out due to the strain it puts on their voices to keep doing it again and again. Sarah, however, has never done this throughout an entire show, though! However, many one off appearences she makes these days are lip synced, and if it's not for techinical reason, it is, perhaps, because she can no longer do the vocal to the said song justice.
I wouldn't call her a "cheater" though, as what she does is just practical in my opinion. If she did it all of the time, throughout her concerts, then I really wouldn't be impressed.
I aren't calling Sarah a cheater either; it just surprised me a bit that she's using lip-sync more frequently than I thought. By the way, I wonder what happened in the recent decade that resulted in the aggravating hoarseness of her voice? I still love her singing, but sometimes I just find it pityful that she could never sing as well as she did when she was Christine Daae. For me, the Sarah twenty years ago has always been the best Christine; now she can't reprise the role, and neither is there a better actress for it.
Speaking with hindsight (or insight?), it's really wise for Hayley to prevent singing too many high notes live now...
I think Sarah's a workohlic, and has been since she was a child. All of that touring which she used to do live every night with two hours sleep probably took its toll. She's also had lots of personal tragedies to deal with. I think her magic with Christine is that her voice was raw and untampered. She has been "over" trained now (and I think singers can be "over" trained) and sings very differently. Her voice in 1995 was when it was at its best. If you listened to her 'Surrender: The Unexpected Songs' album, I think you should see what I mean. It goes to show what immense changes voices can go through, and I sincerely hope Hayley dodges this "professional" training. : /
I thought you may appreciate this. I wrote a comprehensive buying guide for Sarah's discography (because quite frankly, it's huge!) I don't know how enthusiastic you are about Sarah, but if very, I think you may like it: