Published: Thu, October 03, 2019
Life&Culture | By Roxanne Clark

Homeless woman sings opera in metro, viral video leaves netizens surprised

Homeless woman sings opera in metro, viral video leaves netizens surprised

Last week BroadwayWorld previously reported that the LAPD caught Emily Zamourka on camera singing opera beautifully in a public transport station in Los Angeles.

The video used to be posted on the LAPD's Twitter story with the caption: "4 million americans name LA house. 4 million voices...sometimes you just have to stop and listen to one, to hear something handsome".

The classically trained violinist and pianist, who has no formal singing training, told the Los Angeles Times that she moved to the U.S. when she was 24 from Russian Federation, where she learned to sing by imitating opera performers on TV.

"You know why I (sing) in the subway?", she said.

Without her violin, Zamourka took to singing for a living in addition to receiving $400 a month in government aid, the Times said.

"I am sleeping actually on the cardboard right now, in the parking lot", she told KABC.

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Zamourka informed KABC-TV that she performed an electrical violin for a whereas till someone pushed her off a bus and fractured her wrist.

She added that she would be grateful for help to get off the streets and to have a roof over her head and musical instruments. "I am sleeping where I can sleep ... My landlord. one day he said, 'Emily, I'm sorry, but you have to leave". She settled down in Missouri and worked at a nursing home and restaurant, though she learned how to play violin and piano as a child. Zamourka informed KNBC-TV. "As a effect of it sounds so enormous".

Zamourka has had many offers of free violins as well. One evening her violin was stolen and broken, leaving her without an instrument.

Emily Zamourka was spotted performing at an underground metro station.

A man started a GoFundMe campaign for Zamourka after seeing her story on the news, and has raised more than $35,000 to help her get housing and other services she may need.

Sergeant Hector Guzman, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department told the Los Angeles Times that Zamourka's voice had struck a chord with officers. The one-minute clip features a woman singing Puccini aria - a long song accompanying a solo voice - as she holds several small bags and a shopping cart.

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