Little girl, big voice: Hollan

Little girl, big voice: Holland’s Got SA Talent

A nine-year-old girl with South African roots left judges speechless after singing an Italian opera song at the Holland’s Got Talent first audition last weekend.

Little girl, big voice: Hollan
Amira Willighagen takes the stage at Holland’s Got Talent.

Nine-year-old Amira Willighagen was met with a standing ovation after performing in the first round of Holland’s Got Talent, a TV competition that is the Dutch version of Britain’s Got Talent.

The Dutch girl performed the opera classic “O mio babbino caro” and blew the judges away, so much so, she was given a ticket to the live finals of the show.

Amira, whose mother, Frieda, is originally from South Africa, became an overnight sensation after appearing on the talent show, and has already received over eight million views on YouTube.

“I only wanted to appear on TV once, but now it’s happening so much more,” said Amira.

Frieda, who moved from Klerksdorp to Holland in 1995, and her oldest son Vincent (11) play violin and her husband Gerrit, an engineer, plays piano, organ and accordion but none of them ever sing.

Amira told the judges, “My brother plays violin, and I also wanted to do something, 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.”

She has never had any professional training, and thought everything she was listening to was opera, until her mother showed her real opera. Since then, Amira only wanted to sing classical music, and quickly became phenomenally good at it.

Her grandmother, Elsa Brand, is from Potchefstroom, and during a visit from her granddaughter she took her to the nearby Ikageng township. It is here that Amira decided if she won she would share her winnings with the children of this rural settlement.

Brand’s father was an opera singer, and she is extremely proud of her granddaughter. “I am very proud, but extremely worried that she will not be adequately protected, she is still a little child, even though is very emotionally mature,” she said.

One commenter said, “Stop the auditions we have a winner,” while another another added, “Congratulations little girl, you just won the internet!”

The stunned judges were left speechless after her performance.

Listen to “O mio babbino caro” by Maria Callas