52 year old homeless opera singer Emily Zamourka recently came to fame with her haunting solo captured by police officer Frazier in the Los Angeles subway. The Los Angeles Police Department posted the beautiful video of Emily performing Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s famous aria “O mio babbino caro” while holding onto a shopping cart full of her belongings with more of her things in shopping bags.
4 million people call LA home. 4 million stories. 4 million voices…sometimes you just have to stop and listen to one, to hear something beautiful. pic.twitter.com/VzlmA0c6jX— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) September 27, 2019
Emily came to America from Russia 28 years ago as a classically trained violinist. She became homeless a few years ago after amassing a massive amount of medical bills. She began playing her $10,000 violin on the street, but when her violin was stolen, she was left with only one instrument, her voice. She has now become the “Subway Soprano” entertaining people in the LA Subway.
According to TMZ, Joel Diamond, the Grammy-nominated music producer, is offering Emily Zamourka a recording contract. Diamond wants to collaborate with Zamourka on a “huge classical/EDM crossover hit,” called “Paradise.” We still do not know if Emily Zamourka will accept the offer, but things are looking up for the classical musician.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Emily Zamourka and the page tells us:
All Donations will go to Emily so that she can buy a Violin to replace the one she had stolen as well as a back up violin so that she can begin making a living again and get herself off the streets. And provide her a safe place she can call home and start living a normal life again.
Emily is homeless she sleeps on a sheet of cardboard in a parking lot with towel for a pillow and plastic for a blanket not to mention she is a woman alone on the streets, winter is coming, the sooner we get the funds to her the better.
Emily could be anyone of us she didn’t become homeless because of her vises, she has none, she was the victim of a crime and an assault that stole her livelihood but not her heart and mind. I want to help Emily because unlike so many people out there she doesn’t need a hand out she needs a hand up. She is a brilliant talent that needs to be heard and enjoyed once again in Los Angeles, I for one look forward to that day.
I want to say a special thank you to each and everyone of you that donate, it is such a blessing to have so many wonderful people willing to help. God bless you all