Amira’s ready for Vegas!

Last december, opera talent Amira Willighagen won the finals of Holland’s Got Talent as well as a trip to Las Vegas. Due to album-recordings and her performances in South-Africa, she didn’t have the time yet, but coming week it’s finally going to happen: Amira goes Vegas! She’ll be leaving coming Saturday, together with her family.

On Sunday there will be a sound check down at Planet Hollywood, where Amira will shine in V – The Ultimate Variety Show, coming Wednesday April 30th at 8:30pm PDT.

Besides the performance, Amira and her family will have plenty of time to enjoy their holiday, for example at the pool of the hotel, or by taking a safari tour.

What the agenda for the rest of the coming week will look like, is yet unknown.

Amira has her Golden Record!

Not even 3 weeks after her album Amira has hit the shops, Amira Willighagen already received her first Golden Record. An artist receives this award if an album of the Classical genre sells 10.000 times.

The 10-year-old opera singer received her Golden Record yesterday, out of the hands of TV-personality Albert Verlinde during the TV-program RTL Boulevard. Amira is very proud, but also a bit surprised as she didn’t expect her album to be selling that well already.

For us the upcoming Golden Record wasn’t really a surprise. After the first week since its release, Amira’s album immediately took the lead in the Dutch Album Top 100, which also makes her the youngest artist to ever take the #1 position in this chart.

Gold has been ordered!

Not even two weeks after the release  of 10-year-old opera talent Amira Willighagen’s debute album Amira, the Gold status for this album has been requested to the NVPI, the Dutch sector oganization for the record and movie industry. If this status will be acknowledged or when the golden record (CD) will be presented, is unknown.

In the Netherlands, albums in the category Classical reach the Gold status when 10.000 copies have been sold. This includes CD sales as well as paid downloads of the full album.

If an album reaches a certain status, is not only determined by the sales numbers. In the end the record company decides if and when an application will be filed for a certain status, and which status this will be.

At this moment a request to aknlowledge the Platinum status to Amira’s album has not been applied.

AmiraFans now also in English!

Starting today AmiraFans is also available in English. This way, we meet the needs of the growing number of visitors from outside the Netherlands.

Besides the Google Translate-widget (which still provides for an automated, yet very basic translation) has the entire website been translated into English. New messages will be published in Dutch as well as English.

Of course we also wish our English speaking fans a pleasant stay on our web site!

VIdeo report album release party

On Saturday, March 22nd 2014, opera talent Amira Willighagen (9) received the first copy of her debute CD Amira -which was recored in February- out of the hands of her idol -and fan- Gordon (chairsman of the Dutch Holland’s Got Talent jury).

The presentation of the CD took place in Artis Zoo. AmiraFans was there and made this video report with the title Amira’s First, as a souvenir for Amira and for all fans to enjoy this special day!

UPDATED on April 24th: Added English subtitles to the video.

Amira's Eerste: CD-presentatie Amira Willighagen

Gordon presents Amira first copy of her CD

During the album release party on March 22nd, on the occasion of the release of Amira’s debute album, the young opera singer received the first copy of her album from none less than her idol -and fan- Gordon, who’s the chairsman of the Dutch Holland’s Got Talent jury. AmiraFans was made this video for all fans to enjoy.

Sorry, no subtitles in this video yet. However, this is an excerpt of the video report about the album release party, which does have English subs sincs April 24th.

Gordon overhandigt eerste exemplaar van Amira's debuutalbum

Amira performs during release party

On March 22nd, Amira Willighagen received the first copy of her debute album  Amira out of the hands of her idol -and also big fan- Gordon, who’s chairsman of the Dutch Holland’s Got Talent jury.

On top of that, Netherlands’ youngest opera talent also performed for the present at her own party. Amira sang the beautiful Voi Che Sapete from Mozart’s opera Le Nozze Di Figaro.

Amira Willighagen – Voi Che Sapete

Album release on March 22nd

On Saturady March 22nd, Amira will present her very first CD in one of Holland’s most well-known zoos.

Amira’s album, on which her favourite aria’s have been supplemented with a rich selection of classical compositions, was recorded last month in England. The 9-year-old opera singer said in an interview for regional broadcaster Omroep Gelderland that she’s very satisfied about the result.

The ‘duet’ which appeared on YouTube earlier and where Amira performed Nessun Dorma together with the late Luciano Pavarotti, will not be on the CD, says Amira’s father Gerrit to AmiraFans. De recording work for the CD had already finished in February and the ‘duet’ originated during Amira’s appearance in the Complimentary Breackfast radio show on Jacaranda FM, during her visit to South-Africa.

The album release party, which is only inteded for the press, media and some other invited, will be a big party according to Amira. Unfortunately they can’t release balloons, which would be too much stress for the animals.