A HOMELESS woman has become an overnight star after a video of her singing opera in a subway station went viral.
Footage of the woman’s spellbinding performance surfaced on Twitter after the Los Angeles Police Department shared a clip of her singing at a subway station in the city.
“Four million people call LA home,” the Police Department tweeted.
“Four million stories. Four million voices.
“Sometimes you just have to stop and listen to one to hear something beautiful”.
The homeless woman won plenty of fans for her striking performance and beautiful voice, which was only further amplified by the station’s acoustics.
Pushing a trolley containing her belongings as she sang, it wasn’t long before the video sparked a huge search to try and identify the mystery woman.
4 million people call LA home. 4 million stories. 4 million voices...sometimes you just have to stop and listen to one, to hear something beautiful. pic.twitter.com/VzlmA0c6jX
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) September 27, 2019
She was eventually revealed to be 52-year-old Emily Zamourka.
It soon emerged that Emily originally moved to America from Russia, after training as a violinist and pianist.
After moving to LA to become a teacher, however, Emily became ill and was no longer able to work.
Out of money and options, she eventually took to the streets, where she earned money playing her prized $1,000 violin.
She began singing for money after her violin was stolen and spends most nights sleeping on a piece of cardboard in a local carpark.
The hope now is that her newfound fame could help her get back on her feet with television programmes like The Ellen Degeneres Show and America’s Got Talent reportedly eager for her to perform.