Brightman said that she has begun training with the Russians to prepare for her 10-day voyage. The singer will travel to the station on a Soyuz spacecraft.
At the news conference, which has been posted to
The singer is expected to start intensive cosmonaut training following the completion of her world tour. Her new album "Dreamchaser" is expected to be released in January.
Brightman, 52, will join a short but notable list of space tourists who have paid big bucks to travel aboard the space station. The list includes
The singer's voyage is being organized by Space Adventures, a company that provides space tourism trips.
Brightman rose to fame in the original London and Broadway productions of "The Phantom of the Opera." The singer was once married to the show's composer,