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Homeless Woman Becomes An Overnight Sensation After Her Angelic Opera Performance In LA Subway

Homeless Woman Becomes An Overnight Sensation After Her Angelic Opera Performance In LA Subway

The LAPD uploaded her performance which soon went viral. “Four 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 internet can often be a boon and at the same time, a curse. One can't help but notice how the power of social media can make your life and break your life within seconds. 

However, sometimes we get to see the most incredible moments in life, thanks to social media. Well, in this case, we get to hear and see a homeless singer who is going viral for all the right reasons. 

 



 

 

When Emily Zamourka belted out Puccini in her angelic voice in a near-empty Wilshire-Normandie Metro station, little did she know what was in store for her.

According to the Los Angeles Times, it all happened when an LAPD officer was so moved by her voice that he requested whether he could record the performance.

 



 

 

However, Emily was a bit hesitant. But he pressed and later she agreed to it. “I told him, ‘Please don’t do it.’ I felt intimidated,” she said. “What do you expect with a police officer taking a picture of you?”

Following this, the LAPD took to Twitter and uploaded her performance which soon went viral. “Four million people call LA home. 4 million stories. 4 million voices,” the LAPD wrote in the caption. “Sometimes you just have to stop and listen to one, to hear something beautiful.”

 



 

 

And as expected, people fell in love with her melodious voice and wanted to know more about her. 

According to the LA Times, Emily said that she learnt opera as a kid after imitating singers on TV in Russia. The now 52-year-old has said she has been going through tough times with financial troubles, health problems, homelessness. She even sleeps wherever she finds a spot and said that she barely survives on $400 a month in government aid.

 



 

 

But looks like things are about change for Emily as she is now considered a huge star not only in LA but nationwide. People have been requesting her to pose for photographs, sign autographs, and whatnot. She is truly a star in the making. 

But it hasn't been an easy ride for her at all. “I didn’t want to be dependent on anybody,” Emily told the Times. “I was having fun. I was learning English.”

 



 

 

She had also suffered from pancreas and liver problems in 2005 after moving to Washington. She later came to Los Angeles and once she recovered, she taught music and played violin in public for money. Sadly, her instrument was stolen three years ago. As reported by People.

“That’s when I became homeless,” Zamourka told KABC. “When I could not actually pay any of my bills and could not pay any more of my rent. I am sleeping actually on the cardboard right now, in the parking lot,” she added.

 



 

 

“I am sleeping where I can sleep … I have people that feel sorry for me, but I don’t want to be a burden to anybody.” 

Following her viral performance, a GoFundMe page has also been set up. People have raised more than $39,000, as of Tuesday afternoon, to get her off the streets. “My dreams are always there, of course,” Emily said. “Maybe it’ll come true this time.”

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