Pop Quiz: Sarah Brightman

Aidin Vaziri | It’s a shame more people don’t like pop music doused with classical chimes and weird gothic overtones and performed by a singer with a penchant for not wearing very much clothing, because Sarah Brightman’s concerts sound like incredibly mind-bending experiences. See for yourself when the former Broadway star and ex-Mrs. Andrew Lloyd Webber plays Wednesday at HP Pavilion in San Jose. In a show that blends 3-D holographs with fairy-tale-inspired dramatic sequences, Brightman will perform songs from her most recent studio album, “Symphony,” and its holiday companion, “A Winter Symphony.” We spoke to the 48-year-old British singer by phone from her home in Los Angeles.

Sarah Brightman
Q: Wouldn’t it just be easier to hire the guy who did the stage sets for Madonna’s 1993 tour?
A: I thought very seriously about bringing in an art director, but then I decided, no, what people want to see is what comes off of my own head.
Q: I bet your bathroom at home looks awesome.
A: If I work with any interior designer, I drive them nuts – completely nuts. Life can be so textured and colorful; we’re here for such a short time, I just try and make the most of it.
Q: Will you come over to my house before the concert and make it less boring?
A: OK, I will. To tell you the truth, I love minimalism as well. My set is actually incredibly simplistic. It’s just a few screens on white pathways in the center. If you came to my house in London, that’s what you would see as well: a white room. Continue reading.


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