Concert-wise, October has been a very busy month for Amira. Here are some highlights!
On October 23rd, Amira and Corlea Botha performed at the Nelson Mandela University South Campus Auditorium in Port Elizabeth. The concert was titled Two Sopranos in Concert and organised by The Music Society of Port Elizabeth. The two ladies were accompanied by the Nelson Mandela University Choir.
An eyewitness report, as provided by Robert Zahn:
What an incredible evening!
Tine and I attended the grand finale concert in the 2019 series of the ‘Music Society of Port Elizabeth’ at NMU.
The impressive university choir introduced two sopranos, namely Amira Willighagen and Corlea Botha.
Amira Willighagen,15, won ‘Holland’s Got Talent’ in 2013 at the age of 9. She has moved to South Africa and is absolutely sensational. What I really admire the most about this young lady is that she makes donations to the ‘Gelukskinders Foundation’, ensuring that playgrounds for the underprivileged are built in South Africa. Her voice was powerful and repertoire wide. The packed theatre was spell bound by the magical voice.
Corlea Botha is well known and needs no introduction. Her involvement in ‘Classics is Groot’ will be known to most and she has so much CHUTZPAH, that she had us in tears of laughter between her powerful pieces.
Corlea had a cold and apologised for not always being able to hit the high notes. I would not even have noticed had she not informed us.
On September 14, 2019, Amira performed at Emmanuel Christian School in Louis Trichardt, SA. Here’s an eyewitness report on that unforgettable event, as well as some photos.
On 14 September, Louis Trichardt in Limpopo Province had the great privilege of experiencing the wonderful singing of Amira during a concert filled with great music.
From the first note on stage for her first three songs, she had the audience mesmerised and applauding enthusiastically.
She started off with Amazing Grace, which is a lot of people’s favourite. Then she sang Hallelujah and ended the first part with How great Thou art.
Next to perform were the ensemble put together specially for the concert, consisting of local performers: piano, flute, violin, guitar and bass guitar, joined by the children of the ZCVO School outside of town and an adult choir. After they had performed four songs, it was Amira’s turn again, this time with the title track from her new album, With All My Heart, as well as a medley from The Sound of Music.The violin and piano were next with Czardas by Monti, after which Amira came on for Nella Fantasia and Plaisir d’Amour.The piano and flute then performed Allegro by Mozart, after which the adult choir performed three songs.
The opera section was introduced by the flute, violin and piano with the Flower Duet from Lakmé. Amira came on to perform O mio babbino caro after changing her dress. The wonderful evening was concluded with the singing of Dana Winner’s Let the children have a world by the whole ensemble and the children, followed by Amira and the adults with Gabriella’s Song. Needless to say, the audience gave her a standing ovation, after which she and Fincent distributed thank you cards to everyone, which they really appreciated. The feedback received afterwards was unanimously positive and Amira stole a lot of hearts with her willingness to greet her fans and have her photo taken with all and sundry. Truly a fantastic evening!
South Africa loves Amira! After her earlier performances in 2014 in Somerset-West, Durban and Johannesburg, this time it’ll be Pretoria where the sun will shine!
Last week end, Amira was in the South of Italy, in the beautiful city of Lecce, where she performed at the Teatro Politeama Greco during the Festival Della Vacanza. Photos and a short report of this trip will follow shortly..
Were we already able to find videos of Amira’s performance during the Icelandic Christmas show Jólagestir Björgvins 2015 in her YouTube Channel , today also the video Amira’s Iceland Adventure was released. This video report lets you enjoy Amira’s trip to Iceland, aas well as the rehearsals for the concert.
On Saturday September 12th Amira will perform during a special concert in memory of Rex, a 21 months old boy who suddenly passed away on February 7th this year. Mother Camilla: “Rex was a happy, healthy and extrovert little boy with a twinkle in his eyes; A ray of sunshine with the gift to make other people smile and laugh aloud. We brought Rex to bed for his afternoon nap and he never woke up again.” Read more
During the national finals of the SanRemo Junior Festival, which was held last Saturday in Malta and which could be viewed live on television, Amira sang not less than 3 songs.
Below you can see Amira’s Song To The Moon, and after the Lees Meer-button enjoy a short interview with the young opera singer.