The mature, angelic voice and astonishing range of a young Dutch girl has captured hearts and souls, including my own. The purity of 9 year old Amira Willighagen’s untrained operatic voice has brought me to tears, twice now. When asked by one Holland’s Got Talent judge how she had been taught to sing, confusion appeared instantly on the little girl’s face. You can just see Amira asking herself, “How does a person get taught to sing?” – she learned by watching videos with her brother.
Her performance of Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro from the opera Gianni Schicchi won Amira a gold ticket and the accompanying boon of a guaranteed spot in the show’s finals .. and the next day, British music mogul Simon Cowell sang her praises on Twitter.
Can’t help posting video of another singing phenomenon with a great, untrained voice: a young, homeless Korean who has been living on his own since age 5.