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A beautiful uplifting voice - a remarkable young Dutch operatic star!
on 26 May 2014
Excellent - a beautiful, pure, youthful voice, yet she sounds mature and emotional, with spectacular top notes! - I so like this CD (with mostly opera arias, but some other songs too) that I bought several more as gifts... Amazing that such a beautiful, powerful sound comes from such a young girl - she was still 9 when she recorded this album in February 2014 (in England - there are interesting YouTube clips showing her do it!). Her operatic singing has a wonderful tone and seems to flow naturally from deep in her heart.
When little Amira Willighagen, aged nearly 9½, got on a train from Nijmegen to Zwolle in August 2013 to audition for Holland's Got Talent (HGT), she hoped to appear once on TV and that they would like her singing. Within a few seconds of her opening her mouth, her life changed forever, as the jury and audience instantly recognized her exceptional voice. I watched the YouTube clips of Amira singing on HGT many times (those 3 songs are on the album), and was captivated by her singing, but also by her engaging personality and demeanour. Her audition (shown on Dutch TV on 26 October 2013) stunned the judges (another 'Susan Boyle moment') and quickly 'went viral' - she had learned to sing opera by watching YouTube clips, because she liked the songs very much. Amira is a credit to her family and The Netherlands - and has a God-given gift that makes the spirit soar and touches the emotions. The Dutch violinist and conductor André Rieu invited her (and her brother Fincent who plays violin) to a masterclass, after watching her HGT audition; then after she won the HGT final on 28th December 2013, he invited her to sing at his famous summer concerts in Maastricht (which she did on 11th and 12th July 2014). She also performed in the USA, Germany, Switzerland, South Africa, Argentina, Monaco, France and the UK during 2014, in between going to school.
Amira used her first concert earnings to build a playground for children in a township in South Africa, and in the CD inlay she tells - in her own handwriting - that she saves money for poor children to make playgrounds for them (she set up a charity for this work in November 2014). She dedicates this CD to her grandmother, who was her biggest fan, who died in late 2013 in South Africa. Amira wants to do something good with her talent, and try to make children and other people happy with her voice, but she wants to have time for other things too. What a refreshing, selfless little girl - may she go on and on, enjoying her singing and using her gifts to bring joy others. (And she seems to be very good at athletics too... must be the lungs!)