On Holland’s Got Talent, this nine-year-old opera singer, Amira Willighagen, blew everybody away and was rewarded with “the golden ticket”. Thanks to Jo Ann, a blog “pen pal”, for sharing this with me. Mike and I have played it several times and prompted Mike to search the web for comparable opera singers of any age. The clarity and purity of Amira’s voice is amazing — the voice of a much more mature singer. Her background? She found examples of opera on You Tube and copied them. You won’t believe it.
Not only does Britain have talent, but the show Britain’s Got Talent, welcomes the gifted from other countries. One of the most unique and emotionally evocative of these is a group from Hungary called “Attractions”, who do “shadow theater”. They tell stories of life by casting their shadows on the wall, the performers positioning themselves into all manner of images, from people, to buildings, and sets, even motor vehicles and trees. Their stories are simple but powerful. The first one is the story of a mother and her son and their relationship through all of life. When a performance brings tears to Simon Cowell’s eyes — it’s powerful.
The next one by Attractions is of families torn by war. Another powerful performance. Striking in its simplicity of expression. Unforgettable.