Fans of "classical crossover" music (or PBS fundraising specials
) probably know the name Sarah Brightman
. Now the soprano and former "Phantom of the Opera" star is training for a new role -- cosmonaut.
Brightman announced today that she will be part of a three-person crew that will travel to the International Space Station via a Russion Soyuz rocket. The departure date will be announced in the coming months.
Brightman's trip is done in partnership with Space Adventures, Ltd.
, whose spaceflight clients include Dennis Tito
and Charles Simonyi
. Tito reportedly paid $20 million
for his trip to the ISS. Simonyi reportedly paid $60 million total
for his two trips to space. Brightman did not disclose how much she's paying for her seat, although Reuters reports it is likely upwards of $35 million