On Air Now
Smooth Classics with Margherita Taylor 10pm - 1am
2 October 2018, 17:26 | Updated: 2 October 2018, 17:31
A nine-year-old contestant on Holland’s Got Talent shocked the judges with a stunning operatic performance of one of Puccini’s most famous arias.
Amira Willighagen, a nine-year-old girl from Holland, stunned the audience with a gorgeous interpretation of ‘O mio babbino caro’.
The aria, composed in 1918, comes from Puccini’s opera Gianni Schicchi.
“I have chosen an opera song. I wanted to do something special for Queen’s Day. My brother Vincent plays the violin, and I also wanted to do something, so I decided that I would like to sing,” Amira told the judges.
“I searched for songs on YouTube, and found some beautiful opera songs – and then I just started singing them.”
The judges were astounded by Amira’s voice, calling her “an old soul”.
“They say that old souls live on in people, and when I hear you sing, you sound just like Maria Callas,” said judge Gordon Heuckeroth.
“Your voice is so pure and so beautiful, and I find it so special for a girl of your age to be able to do this.”
Amira revealed later in the audition that she had never had any singing lessons. She was given a golden ticket and sent straight through to the finals.