Who Is the Homeless Woman Who Sang Beautiful Subway Solo?

Last week BroadwayWorld previously reported that the LAPD caught Emily Zamourka on camera singing opera beautifully in a public transport station in Los Angeles.

The video was shared by the Los Angeles Police Department along with a caption that read, "4 million people call LA home. 4 million voices.sometimes you just have to stop and listen to one, to hear something handsome", the department tweeted.

The video of the pig-tailed 52-year-old immediately went viral and has been viewed more than 800,000 times, with those in awe hailing her vocals as the "voice of an angel".

The homeless woman has been identified as Emily Zamourka, said to be an immigrant who'd moved to the U.S. a number of years ago. She came to the United States from Russian Federation when she was 24.

Zamourka stated in 2005, she suffered serious health considerations from a failing pancreas and liver and had to be hospitalized.

At the time, the woman was unidentified, but Los Angeles TV station KABC found her.

However a number of years in the past, the violin, which Zamourka stated was price 1000's of, was snatched and damaged.

"It was my income", Zamourka told KNBC-TV. "It used to be the entirety to me".

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Most of all, Zamourka wants to replace her high-end violin.

"I'm napping surely on the cardboard upright now, within the auto parking field", she stated. "I am sleeping where I can sleep. My landlord. one day he said, 'Emily, I'm sorry, but you have to leave".

With out her violin, Zamourka took to singing for a dwelling along with receiving $400 a month in authorities assist, the Instances stated.

However, she said her love of music kept her going.

She likes the acoustics of the subway tunnels.

One woman tweeted: "I've seen her for years on the Metro". Zamourka told KNBC-TV. "Because it sounds so great". She fell across hard times and became homeless after her violin was stolen. Local news outlets soon tracked Zamourka down, with CBS Evening News deeming her story "one of perseverance".

A man started a GoFundMe campaign for Zamourka after seeing her story on the news, and has raised more than $35,000 to help her get housing and other services she may need.

  • Michelle Webb