World-renowned classical crossover soprano Sarah Brightman rose to fame as the originator of Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. Following a successful Broadway career, Brightman resumed her music career as a classical crossover artist in the early 1990s. She is credited as the creator of classical crossover and remains the most prominent performer within that genre. With over 30 million albums and 2 million DVDs sold worldwide, Brightman has established herself as the world’s best-selling soprano of all time. She has earned over 180 gold and platinum records in 38 different countries and was named by Billboard as the fifth most influential and best-selling classical artist of the 2000s in the US.