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Sarah Brightman's voice is truly heaven-sent. In this special that aired on PBS, she shows her talent again. The duet that she sings with Andrea Bocelli, "Time To Say Good-bye", as well as "Who Wants To Live Forever" are wonderfully sung! I wish PBS would rerun it!
Frankly she has a voice like a penny whistle with absolutely zero
I have subsequently seen her singing in a cathedral sized church which simply emphasized her shortcomings.
Not a wet eye in the place.
A thin champagne masquerading as Dom Perignon.
If one is in show biz masquerading as an operatic then the effort must be backed up with a 300% wow factor which, I suppose, is the same reason Sir Bruce Forsythe never succeeded as a one man show when Sammy Davies Jnr was around.
I have nothing but admiration for the quality of SARAH BRIGHTMAN's high
soprano voice, but have less complimentary things to say about her
stage presence (she looks like a frightened fawn with staring eyes and
awkward hand gestures). Surely, she is someone who has spent a great
deal of money on coaches and someone could certainly have pointed out
that her limited gestures and unchanging expression (no matter what
song she sings) detract from the luster of her singing voice.
She appears to be humble and modest about her own talent, however, and this does come through--also, she appreciates those who were enormously helpful in her career, such as ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, who joins her in one rather brief segment at the piano while she sings his show tune, "Whistle Down the Wind". And, of course, she does a brilliant vocal job on his songs from PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.
She also joins forces with ANDREA BOCELLI in a couple of duets, does a fine job on "Les Filles de Cadiz" (one of my favorite songs for soprano voice), and does some compelling work on numbers from WEST SIDE STORY.
But the overall effect is offset by her lackluster and very one-dimensional stage presence--which must have been somewhat a handicap when she played Christine opposite Michael Crawford in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. At least there, her frightened expression made more sense...but it was Crawford who won all the awards and stole the show.
Nor is it possible to close without remarking that her enunciation of words is hindered by the pear-shaped tones she produces so diligently. Most of her words, however, are obscured.
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