Adapters: Frank Peterson; Michael Soltau.
Personnel: Sarah Brightman (vocals); Gunther Laudahn (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, harp, lute, sitar, keyboards, background vocals); Elie Barrak (vocals, keyboards); Markus Birkle (guitar, guitars); Peter Weihe (guitar); Harem Orchestra (strings); Markus Koessler (keyboards, bass instrument); Kristian Draude (keyboards, programming); Rony Barrak, Ronnie Barak (percussion); Shweta Shetty, Violet (background vocals); Jan Eric Kohrs (keyboards); Florian Dauner (drums); Roland Peil (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Frank Peterson.
Recording information: Hotel Room, Melbourne, Australia (2004); MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas, NV (2004); Nemo Studios, Hamburg, Germany (2004); Proloton Studio, Hamburg, Germany (2004); Real World Studios, Bath, Somerset, England (2004); Vox Studios, Bendesdorf, Germany (2004).
Photographers: Chiara Ferrau; Siew May Chin.
Considering her lengthy career in musicals and her onetime role as wife and muse of Broadway's golden boy Andrew Lloyd Webber, it's surprising that it took until 2004 for Sarah Brightman to release a live record. THE HAREM WORLD TOUR: LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS is the recorded version of a popular PBS special that presents a performance of one of Brightman's most elaborate tours in one of the most lavish cities on the planet. The tour came on the heels of her 12th record, HAREM, a Middle Eastern-flavored affair.
Brightman's always been one to experiment, as evidenced by the incredible variety in the song selection. Of course, she does a powerful rendition of a medley of songs from Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, in which she starred. However, she also adds her own touch to everything from compositions by Dvorak to such rock classics as Kansas's "Dust in the Wind" and Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale." Predictably, the atmosphere is charged with the overwhelming energy of a performer who has lived on stage for most of her life, and THE HAREM WORLD TOUR marks her long overdue live debut on CD.