A Star Is Born

I don’t usually pay any attention to dreck like Britain’s Got Talent or the X Factor, but this Dutch singer on Holland’s Got Talent confounded all my expectations. Almira Willighagen, aged 9, taught herself to sing opera from YouTube videos. I wouldn’t have believed that voice came from a child – you can see the jaws dropping. The judges were talking of a new Maria Callas. She starts singing at 2:45 minutes into the clip, but it’s worth watching from the beginning just to get a sense of this extraordinary girl.

If she’s this good from copying YouTube clips, her voice will be brilliant after proper training. Opera companies must be falling over themselves to sign her up.

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