When 9-year-old Amira Willighagen of Nijmegen in The Netherlands stood in front of the judges on „Holland’s Got Talent“ in 2013, they took one look at her and figured she was going to be a typical kid singing yet another cover a fluffy pop song. As they fidgeted in their seats, they were probably hoping that she would sound halfway decent.
But, those hopes were dashed when Amira politely informed everyone that she had chosen an opera. The judges were surprised at her choice, but none too hopeful that such as tiny little girl even could even pull off such a feat.
One of the judges boldly told the young girl that he thought she was going to sing a kiddie song, but Amira shot back and said she found opera’s to be beautifully soothing. You can tell by their expressions that the judges were already planning to gently let her down at the end of the performance. But, within three seconds of opening her mouth, no one could believe such a big voice could come from a little girl!
Not only did she have incredible lung power, but Amira’s exquisite soprano was richly developed for someone who didn’t even have double digits to her age. The most stunning part of this performance is the backstory behind Amira’s gorgeous opera voice. Her brother plays the violin, and she wanted to do something special for Queen’s Day with him.
So, she hopped onto YouTube and spent countless hours sifting through opera tutorials to learn how to sing. That is so unreal! Watch the video below to see this amazing self-taught talent wow the judges with her pitch-perfect rendition of Puccini’s „O Mio Babbino Caro“ from the opera „Gianni Schicchi.“ Wow, this girl is definitely an old soul. Bravo, Amira. Bravo.