A homeless woman has astonished passers-by in the Los Angeles subway with her singing talent. An LAPD agent picked up his mobile phone and filmed a remarkable metro moment. The images are now going around the world. The lady in question appears to have been a musician in Russia in the past. Due to an accumulation of bad luck, she ended up on the street a few years ago.
Thousands of Twitter visitors were astonished when they saw the video that was put online this weekend by the Los Angeles police.
“Sometimes you have to stop and listen
The homeless woman sings the aria ‘O Mio Babbino Caro’ by the Italian Giacomo Puccini on a nearly empty metro platform. “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,” the police wrote.
The woman, identified as the Russian Emily Zamourka (52), moved to the US 24 years ago and made ends meet by giving violin and piano lessons. Until she became ill and could not afford medical care. When her precious violin was stolen three years ago, her last source of income had disappeared, she told the American media. “My violin meant everything to me.”
“Sounds so beautiful”
Although she is not trained as a singer, Emily loves to sing opera in the subway. “Because it sounds so beautiful here. She dreams of one day being able to get a job in music again. “I would be very grateful if I could have my own place and my own instrument again.”