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Homeless woman who went viral for opera singing in L.A. subway speaks out



A homeless woman in Los Angeles, Calif. has become a social media sensation for beautifully singing opera in a subway station.

Local news channels identified the woman as Emily Zamourka, 52, a classically trained violinist who immigrated from Russia 28 years ago. Exorbitant medical bills forced her onto the street, where she began performing to earn money.

Last Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department tweeted a video of Zamourka belting out Puccini's “O Mio Babbino Caro” at the Purple Line's Normandie / Wilshire Metro stop in Koreatown.

“4 million people call LA home. 4 million stories. 4 million voices … sometimes you just have to stop and listen to one, hear something beautiful, ”the LAPD wrote.

The video went viral, causing Twitter users to clamor for her identity and sending local reporters to seek her out.

Zamourka came to the United States at the age of 24 and taught violin and piano lessons. She also used to play on the street in downtown Los Angeles before her instrument was stolen. Then, she suffered illnesses and the medical bills piled up.

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"I'm actually sleeping on the cardboard right now, in the parking lot," she continued. "I'm sleeping where I can sleep … I have people who feel sorry for me, but I don't want to be a burden to anyone."

While her violin was stolen, Zamourka could still rely on her gorgeous vocal instrument and she's been enthralling L.A. subway riders for years.

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"I will be so grateful to anyone who is trying to help me get off the streets, and to have my own place, to have my own instrument," she said.

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