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Onward and upward for Sarah Brightman

Sarah Brightman is no stranger to the concepts of space and time travel. Her voice, a crystalline soprano that first mesmerized audiences when she originated the role of Christine Daaé in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” often soars into the stratosphere on albums that bring a pop sensibility to classical music.

Now the English singer is taking her lifelong love of the celestial rather literally. Brightman is in training as a cosmonaut, with hopes of boarding a Russian Soyuz rocket in 2015 for a 10-day journey into space, assuming she passes the final rounds of medical and psychological tests.

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