This blog unlike many is a pleasure to write as it tells of the new hope in the upcoming generations.


Aberdeen  Christmas Lights Union Street.

    The name Amira Willighagen may not be familiar to you unless you already one of her many fans.   She is a young girl who lives in Holland and at the age of nine won the HOLLANDS GOT TALENT contest ..  As if her tender age  was not enough of a surprise win the fact that in 2013  she won sining OPERA!, makes it doubly amazing, but not once you hear this new talent.


Amira  Willighagen official photo.

     Amira has a unique voice not just that it has an amazing range but that she has such a strong and accurate pitched voice.   Her first appearance guaranteed her a place and she in the end won the final which took her across the Atlantic to the USA and Las Vegas.   Her concerts there wowed audineces  and began her career.   She was heard on you tube by no less than  Andre Rieu and his orchestra who were so amazed and impressed thjat they offered her a master class.  Something she eagerly accepted some months later she appeared on stage with Andre and the full Orchestra  and brought the audience to their feet for a standing ovation.

The other day I had the privilege to interview this bright as a button youngster now 11 + soon to be going to High School.   She was a bright and polite girl.  she answered my questions with eagerness and energy.

I wondered what it was like at school for her once she returned as something of a celebrity.   My school mates were excited and thought it was great as did the staff of her school.  It is somewhat fun when she has to have a little time off and they ask where she may be going. She replies some exotic location.  managing life as a school pupil and star can be difficult but her Father Gerrit Willighagen has the task of managing the  new found star and keeps things as balanced as possible.   from what I saw of Amira in the interview he is doing well.

She has been on stage with a range of stars in the last few years and when i asked her about this she clearly relishes the experience and enjoys it very much.  She also is keen to learn from their expereience too. They have all been very nice and helpful was the impression I gained.  She has a strong voice and one that is not phased singing with adults who are more than three times her age at times.  She loves opera songs and her favourite seems to be Mio Babbio Caro the song which rocketed her towards victory in Hollands got Talent.   before she is 12 years old Amira has made no less than two CDs the latest one a Christmas one you can get an idea of her  talent at this link  AMIRA MERRY CHRISTMAS



     The travelling for such a young girl I thought she might find difficult or tiring, but like the bubbly personality she is she told me that she actually enjoys travelling to different countries next year she will be in USA and in Hong Kong.  Earlier this year she was in Venice and sang in a beautiful and very big Church as she described it.  it was interesting travelling on the Canals in Gondola with her brother Fincent, who is a talented violinist and a they get on well.   As well as stage appearances she has done interviews on various Television channels in Holland and other mainland European channels.   Wherever she goes she is a bright light and makes people who meet her enjoy her company.


      Another travelling companion is her mascot called   Schilpaddie bounz This is a very cute soft toy turtle! and where Amira goes so does Schilpaddie Bounz.  Possibly the best travelled soft toy.  It has even been in the Vatican with Amira .     She thinks it is a great mascot.  I agree too.  Even though im not good at pronouncing the name!!


Amira with her mascot in Monte Carlo

   Like many youngsters she has an enjoyment of sport and games.  She likes Gymnastics especially and is learning backflips.  although she has a busy schedule she still has over the years time to win athletics events too and now is doing gymnastics when she can.  Her favourite school subject is Mathematics which is perhaps not surprising as many talented musicians are good mathematically too.  She admitted she has other subjects she likes.   Amira is an easily likeable soul.  She is also a caring one for her tender age.   She has built a playground in South Africa for youngsters much less fortunate than herself.  The playground equipment put there as one of her first projects from income off the first CD.   She hopes to create more play grounds too in the coming year she told me with a broad smile.

One thing im certain is that Amira will be a star of the Opera scene of the future if that is what she chooses to do or perhaps win an olympic gold in Gymnastics who knows but I hope she keeps singing whatever the future brings her.  She has a big following in the world already and she has a facebook page for fans to keep up to day with all that is happening.  You can find it at FACEBOOK PAGE

At this Christmas time I wish her God’s blessings and a Healthy and Happy New Year!  Thanks for the interview Amira!









  1. Hi Stewart! and best wishes for 2016! I liked your interview with Amira but was puzzled by language and punctuation use, as if it was written by someone else, in distinct contrast to your Lockerbie article. Speaking of which, I just finished reading Robbie the Pict’s views on the cause of the crash, that you may have alluded to with “military weapons” on board?

    PS her soft toy could have been called “schilDpaddie”

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