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Sarah Brightman charmed Bucharest on Thursday night

Soprano Sarah Brightman gave an outstanding performance on the stage of the Palace Hall on Thursday, seducing the audience with her three –octave voice, her outfits and her attitude, and the special effects turned the British singer’s Romanian show into a fairy tale.
On Thursday evening, shortly after 8:00 PM, an orchestra of over 50 musicians entered the stage of the Bucharest Palace Hall to open soprano Sarah Brightman’s concert, the Bucharest leg of her world tour “Dreamchaser”, started in 2013 and including over 100 performances on five continents.
After the orchestra performed the first song, Sarah Brightman appeared on stage, wearing a long red dress, applauded by the audience. From the starting tunes of the first song, “Fleurs du mal”, the British singer revealed her passion and creativity that were to turn the Bucharest show into an “unearthly” one, as Sarah Brightman intended.
“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I am very happy to be here in Bucharest again. Thank you very much for coming”, Sarah told the Romanian audience, ten years after her first show in our country, Mediafax reported.
The album “Dreamchaser” is inspired by the training for the mission in space Sarah prepares for 2015, when she intends to conquer the extraterrestrial space, too, as the first artist to record a song out of space.
The concert went on with the songs “Symphony”, “Who Wants to Live Forever”, “Anytime, Anywhere”, “E perdu” and “Hijo De La Luna” and the artist changed several dresses, accessorized with beautiful tiaras.
The complex, modern and spectacular performance announced by Sarah Brightman determined Romanian fans to gather at the Palace Hall in order to spend two hours in the company of the British singer, listening to quality music. The audience included young people, elderly, as well as children aged 3-4 who danced, applauded and offered flowers to the singer at the end of the show.
One of the performance’s most impressive moments featured the moon entering the Palace Hall. A projection device placed behind the stage streamed a full moon above Sarah, as she performed the song “La Luna”.
“It’s a Beautiful Day”, the soprano sang, before inviting tenor Erkan Aki on stage, to perform together “Canto Della Terra”. “Nessun Dorma” was Sarah Brightman’s last song before the break and one of the most appreciated in the show, as the audience accompanied it with long applauses.
The next songs were “Closer”, performed by the orchestra, “Harem”, “Breathe Me”, “Figlio Perduto”, “Scarborough Fair” and “A Song of India”. Tenor Erkan Aki returned to the stage to accompany Sarah Brightman in her rendition of “The Phantom of the Opera”, a moment loudly cheered and applauded by the approximately 4,000 viewers at the Palace Hall. Then, Sarah Brightman decided it was “Time to Say Goodbye”,  intended as the last song of the show. Nonetheless, the acclaim of the audience persuaded the singer to return on stage for an encore that included the songs “A Question of Honour” and “Dust in the Wind”.
The Romanian audience travelled to space with Sarah Brightman, throughout an outstanding performance. In “Dreamchaser”, every song was a fairytale.
Sarah Brightman is considered the world’s top selling soprano and the only artist to simultaneously top the Billboard Dance and Classical charts. Sarah Brightman is the pioneer of the “classic crossover” genre and one of the world’s greatest artists, having sold over 30 million copies of her albums and having won over 180 Gold and Platinum records in over 40 countries.
The single “Time to Say Goodbye”, performed as a duet with tenor Andrea Bocelli, was sold in over 12 million copies worldwide. The next albums of both artists entered Billboard charts and were followed by world tours.

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