I have been watching various YouTube videos of various Talent Shows, including Got Talent and the X-Factor – both of which are now worldwide. As I haven’t had a television for several years, I had never seen either on television. Now that I have wi-fi at home I have been watching old clips from them and have been wowed by some of the incredible talent on the shows, whether singers, comedians, magicians or dance artists. I particularly enjoy watching singers stunning the judges with their voices.
No-one surpasses this quite like some of the young opera singers you get on the various shows. For me, the most amazing one I’ve come across was 9-year-old Amira Willighagen from the Netherlands, who appeared on Holland’s Got Talent in 2013. In her first audition she tells the panel of judges that she is going to sing an opera song and explains how she wanted to sing as her brother played the violin and she felt left out. She went on YouTube to look for songs and discovered opera! She then found opera singing manuals and taught herself to sing opera! The result is quite amazing and leaves the audience and judges in shock at her incredible talent at such a young age. She sings a flawless rendition (pictured above) of “O Mio Babbino Caro” (“Oh My Beloved Father”) from Puccini’s opera Gianni Schicchi.
So impressed with her performance, the judges award her the Golden Ticket which means she doesn’t have to compete in subsequent rounds and jumps straight to the semi-finals. There she gives another incredible performance with “Ava Maria” and in the final, she sings “Nessun Dorma”, also by Puccini, from his opera Turandot. In the public vote she trounces all opposition and gets well over 50% of the vote and wins the contest (pictured above) and a trip to Las Vegas. But that was just the start of the magic for her. In the just over two years since then she has been travelling the world, performing and giving interviews. She has recorded two albums: Amira (2014) and Merry Christmas (2015), and is ablaze online with her own website, Facebook page and YouTube site.
I’ve linked to her website below, where you can find videos and music by her. I’ve also linked to a YouTube video (with English subtitles) of her first 2013 Audition that started the dream for Amira.
Amira’s Official Website (opens in new window)
Amira’s First Audition (opens in new window)