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For her audition on the TV show "Holland's Got Talent," nine-year-old Amira Willighagen sang Puccini's O mio babbino caro from "Gianni Schicchi" and went on to win the competition with Nessun dorma! from "Turandot," stunning listeners with her remarkably outsized and expressive voice. Her debut album for Sony Masterworks, Amira, includes these arias and offers eight other selections, including Mozart's Voi che sapete from "Le nozze di Figaro," the Gounod-Bach "Ave Maria," Handel's Ombra mai fu from "Serse," and Orff's In trutina from "Carmina Burana." Self-taught by singing along with YouTube videos, she has since received professional training, and it shows in her improved breath control and the steadiness of her tone, which makes her voice pleasant to hear and her high notes surprisingly pure and compelling. This is a promising start for Willighagen's career, and with the proper guidance and care of her voice, this should be the first of many appealing albums.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/2014
Label: Masterworks
UPC: 0888430559622
catalogNumber: 305596
Rank: 4728

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amira Willighagen   Primary Artist,Soprano (Vocal)
Lucie Svehlová   Concert Master
William Hayward   Conductor
Rachel Connell   Choir, Chorus
Niki Moloney   Leader,Choir, Chorus
Lucy Wardman   Choir, Chorus
Phoebe Roberts   Choir, Chorus
St. Joseph's Youth Choir   Guest Appearance
Hannah Wardman   Choir, Chorus
Phoebe Street   Choir, Chorus
Emily Atkins   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Antonin Dvorák   Composer
Charles Gounod   Composer
George Frideric Handel   Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   Composer
Carl Orff   Composer
Giacomo Puccini   Composer
Giuseppe Giordani   Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Ennio Morricone   Composer
Nick Patrick   Arranger,Producer
Jan Holzner   Engineer
Chiara Ferrau   Composer,Lyricist
Katherine Jenkins   Arranger
William Hayward   Arranger
Jaroslav Kvapil   Librettist,Composer,Libretto Translation
Lorenzo da Ponte   Librettist,Composer
Giovacchino Forzano   Librettist,Composer
Nicolo Minato   Librettist,Composer
Dimitry Hamelink   Artwork
Amira Willighagen   Composer,Liner Notes

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