(EVO) – British singer Sarah Brightman, who is expected to blast off in September for a 10-day stay on the International Space Station, said on Tuesday (March 10) that she is planning to sing from space.
The famed soprano, who starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera”, said she was extremely excited about the upcoming trip while speaking at a conference in London.
Her trip is organised by U.S.-based Space Adventures, a privately owned firm. She is currently training at Star City in Russia.
Brightman, 54, will become the eighth tourist and first professional singer to visit the orbital outpost, a $100 billion research laboratory that flies about 260 miles (418 km) above Earth. One tourist, Microsoft co-founder Charles Simonyi, made two trips but unlike Simonyi, Brightman plans to sing.
“I have mentioned that I would like to sing something from space. You know, an engineer, somebody in sciences, or a biologist would go up and do what they can, their experiments. But with me, really, all I can do is do what I do and that’s sing, ” she said.
“We are trying to work this out at the moment. We are working on the music for it. And we are trying to work out all the technical details for it because obviously it is quite a complex thing to do. And I would like to connect with either a choir or children or another singer, orchestra on earth because I think that would be a beautiful thing,” she said, adding that her ex-husband, musical composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber, might be involved in the project.