Homeless opera singer Emily Zamourka addressed the media in Los Angeles on Saturday, to tell her life experience from being a homeless musician to becoming a viral internet sensation.
The Russian-born 52-year-old broke into tears when she recalled becoming homeless and shared details about her life on the tough streets of LA. "I don't deserve all those bad things that people did to me, I've never done anything bad to anybody, all I wanted was to touch people's spirits with my music," she said. Talking about being spotted by a police officer who posted a video of her singing opera in the subway, Zamourka said: "I feel this is only one time in my life, what’s happening and this is my chance of teaching people the real me, who I was the whole time." The musician said that she never thought of singing but when her violin got broken during an attempted theft, she thought about using her voice.
Looking to the future, Zamourka said she'll be focusing on singing and maybe teaching, but her dream would be joining a symphony orchestra. However, she expressed astonishment at her recent success. "I still can't believe it's happening." Zamourka became homeless around 2017, when she fell ill and could not afford her medical bills and rent anymore. She then started playing her violin in the streets, until the $10,000 (€9,100) instrument got broken.