Amira Willighagen—The Little Girl With the Big Voice

Amira Willighagen

Amira Willighagen

How does a nine-year-old girl go from obscurity in Holland to international fame in two and a half minutes?

If your name is Amira Willighagen, you step out on stage for Holland’s Got Talent and start to sing.

As soon as Amira, who taught herself to sing opera by watching YouTube tutorial videos, began her performance of Giacomo Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro, the judges’ collective jaw dropped to the floor.

“My brother Vincent plays violin, and I also wanted to do something,” she said. “So I thought, I’m going to sing . . . and then I heard opera songs, which I found very beautiful and that’s when I started singing.”

The astonished judges couldn’t believe what they just heard. “Are you really nine years old?” judge Chantal Janzen asked. Judge Gordon Heuckeroth was up on his feet before Amira even finished and was quickly joined by the other two judges and the entire audience.

Jackie Evancho

Jackie Evancho

Listening to Amira, I couldn’t help think of opera singer Jackie Evancho, who rose to fame after competing on America’s Got Talent at the tender age of ten. Click here to watch Jackie’s performances. Be sure to watch Jackie singing Ave Maria. Absolutely stunning!

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5 Responses to “Amira Willighagen—The Little Girl With the Big Voice”

  1. Alf Zay Says:

    Jackie Evancho is a gifted child, but I don’t think she qualifies as an “opera singer.”

    While Jackie has got more training and experience, I think Amira is even better and will eclipse Jackie’s achievements in the future.

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I don’t have a good enough ear to compare Amira and Jackie, ALfZay. Then again, I don’t have any desire to compare them in any way. They are both talented, beautiful souls and I hope they both have long, successful careers and happy lives.

  3. Shaughna Says:

    Listened intently to both of them, and although they are both beautiful, I feel that Amira’s version and her voice are way ahead of the version of Jackie’s.

  4. Peter Fay Says:

    Amira Willighagen was superb.
    The judges however showed how shallow they were. During the performance they should sit down and shut up!
    Applause is due at the end of a magnificent performance like that!
    Jackie Evancho too, was wonderful.
    They both have mature, beautiful voices.
    This praise is from someone who HATES these kind of shows, because you have to dig through piles of manure to find a small speck of gold.

  5. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Hi, Peter! I love these shows because there are usually nuggets of gold that surface fairly often. That said, I don’t watch the auditions live because of all the manure. I just watch clips of the best ones! Have you seen my Top Ten list:
    Lots of gold!

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