Sarah Brightman performs at the UB Center for the Arts - The Buffalo News
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Sarah Brightman performs at the UB Center for the Arts

Sarah Brightman rocketed into the spotlight in the early ’80s when she married Andrew Lloyd Webber, who wrote the part of Christine in “The Phantom of the Opera” just for her. She is often called classical crossover, but she is more crossover than classical. Though Brightman has sung opera arias here and there, her light, pure voice is better suited to Broadway and lush, orchestral pop numbers. In this arena she has excelled, with a wide-eyed sincerity that has endeared her to millions of fans.

Brightman, now 53, is the mistress of the spectacle. Accustomed to fame, she is at home with elaborate gowns, otherworldly sets and fantastical light effects. All these hallmarks come into play on her current tour, which promotes her new album, “Dreamchaser.” The songs, which include “Angel,” “One Day Like This” and Paul McCartney’s “Venus and Mars,” are a tribute to the allure of space. Space is an obsession with Brightman. Just recently, it was announced that she was cleared to take part in a Russian space voyage in 2015.

Brightman performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts. UB points out that the appearance is a rarity because the show usually can be seen only at arenas and other large venues. Admission is $85-$155. For info, call 645-ARTS (645-2787).

Mary Kunz Goldman

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