Well-known for her lavish stage shows, Sarah Brightman will return to touring in early 2004. The artist has scheduled North American dates kicking off Jan. 10 in Mexico City. The trip, her first since

Well-known for her lavish stage shows, Sarah Brightman will return to touring in early 2004. The artist has scheduled North American dates kicking off Jan. 10 in Mexico City. The trip, her first since 2001, will close March 18 in San Jose.

Those registered in the "fan area" of Brightman's official Web site have access to tickets prior to the general public. General ticket sales are slated to begin Oct. 24 for some markets, according to the site. U.S. and Canadian tickets will be available through the countries' respective Ticketmaster outlets.

Brightman is touring in support of her Angel Records set "Harem." Released in May, the album debuted at No. 29 on The Billboard 200 and reached No. 1 on the Top Classical Crossover chart. It has sold 291,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"This is the most challenging musical journey I've gone on so far," Brightman told Billboard earlier this year when describing the album. "I'm not sure I'd do it again. The complexity of the instrumentation, the intricacy of the vocals-it was challenging, indeed. Each of the 14 songs presented new avenues of expression."

Among the songs is a cover of "What a Wonderful World," a standard most often associated with the late Louis Armstrong. "I thought it would be nice to remember that it is, indeed, a wonderful world," Brightman said. "Music can take us across boundaries -- social and political --and tie us all together in melody and song. That's powerful to me. And it's powerful to remember."

Here are Brightman's upcoming tour dates:

Jan. 10: Mexico City (Auditorio Nacional)
Jan. 13: Dallas (American Airlines Center)
Jan. 14: Houston (Toyota Center)
Jan. 16: Sunrise, Fla. (Office Depot Center)
Jan. 17: Lakeland, Fla. (Lakeland Center)
Jan. 19: Duluth, Ga. (Arena @ Gwinnett Center)
Jan. 21: Philadelphia (Wachovia Center)
Jan. 23: New York (Madison Square Garden)
Jan. 24: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun Casino)
Jan. 26: State College, Pa. (Bryce Jordan Center)
Jan. 27: Columbus, Ohio (Schottenstein Center)
Jan. 29: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center)
Jan. 30: Atlantic City, N.J. (Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall)
Jan. 31: Boston (FleetCenter)
Feb. 2: Montreal (Bell Centre)
Feb. 3: Ottawa, Ontario (Corel Centre)
Feb. 5: Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
Feb. 6: Hamilton, Ont. (Copps Coliseum)
Feb. 7: Rochester, N.Y. (Blue Cross Arena)
Feb. 9: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace Of Auburn Hills)
Feb. 10: Cleveland (Gund Arena)
Feb. 12: Moline, Ill. (Mark Of The Quad Cities)
Feb. 13: Saint Louis, Mo. (Savvis Center)
Feb. 15: Kansas City, Mo. (Kemper Arena)
Feb. 16: Oklahoma City (The Ford Center)
Feb. 18: Rosemont, Ill. (Allstate Arena)
Feb. 19: Milwaukee, Wis. (Bradley Center)
Feb. 20: Minneapolis (Target Center)
Feb. 22: Winnipeg, Manitoba (Winnipeg Arena)
Feb. 24: Calgary (Pengrowth Saddledome)
Feb. 25: Edmonton (Skyreach Centre)
Feb. 27: Vancouver (General Motors Place)
Feb. 29: Seattle (KeyArena at Seattle Center)
March 1: Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden Arena)
March 2: Spokane, Wash. (Spokane Arena)
March 4: Nampa, Idaho (Idaho Center)
March 6: Salt Lake City (Delta Center)
March 7: Denver (Magness Arena)
March 9: Phoenix (America West Arena)
March 10: San Diego (San Diego Sports Arena)
March 11: Bakersfield, Calif. (Centennial Garden)
March 13: Las Vegas (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
March 14: Anaheim, Calif. (Arrowhead Pond)
March 16: Fresno, Calif. (Save Mart Center)
March 17: Sacramento, Calif. (ARCO Arena)
March 18: San Jose (HP Pavilion at San Jose)

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