Contributor Post Created with Sketch. This Sends Me


Okay, people, Cruz Schmuz. Here’s what makes life worth living. A little girl appeared on Holland’s Got Talent and sang Puccini. I admit to being a sucker for these things. And is there anyone with soul so dead that he can watch this without wonder?

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  1. Mona Charen Contributor
    Mona Charen

    Peter, it’s simple. Sometimes I take time off from watching Ukrainian and Portugese TV! 

    I had the same reaction at first as others — could this be lip synching? Her voice is not that of a child in most respects. But having listened/watched 3 times (ok, 4), I think it’s genuine — and a little piece of Heaven. We don’t know these people, yet in a few seconds, we are moved to tears. Is that not what’s best about being human? This child not only has a gift, she IS a gift.

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    • October 31, 2013, at 4:07 AM PDT
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  2. KatRose Inactive

    Oh my…that almost brings me tears. That was breathtaking.

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    • October 31, 2013, at 4:26 AM PDT
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  3. Crow's Nest Inactive

    I’m speechless.

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    • October 31, 2013, at 4:27 AM PDT
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  4. She Reagan
    SheJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member


    I loved it then.

    I love it now.

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    • October 31, 2013, at 4:33 AM PDT
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  5. Mate De Inactive

    Mona I didn’t ever think it was possible but my kids were speechless for about a minute and a half watching that. They are 4 and 2. Thank you

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    • October 31, 2013, at 4:36 AM PDT
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  6. Giantkiller Member
    GiantkillerJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Wow. I mean, wow. And yet, if my extremely rudimentary Dutch conveyed anything of her comments, it seems she disdains being a professional singer. Another wow.

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    • October 31, 2013, at 4:51 AM PDT
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  7. Wintermute Member

    If you like this, I suggest that you search YouTube for Jackie Evancho singing this same aria in June 2009. This is one of her first appearances at what appears to be a local (Pennsylvania?) contest. There are lots of clips of her other appearances (on America’s Got Talent, etc.) but nothing moves me like this performance. I have watched it dozens of times and it brings tears to my eyes every time…

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    • October 31, 2013, at 5:03 AM PDT
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  8. Kay of MT Member

    Thank you Mona and She.

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    • October 31, 2013, at 5:04 AM PDT
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  9. Leslie Watkins Inactive
    Leslie WatkinsJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Best television EVER! Clearly she is touched.

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    • October 31, 2013, at 5:17 AM PDT
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  10. DocJay Inactive

    Awesome. Amazing.

    In my never ending attempt for internet glory, here is a patient and friend (the female)

    Luciano Pavarotti – Dolora Zajick – Il Trovatore Duet
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    • October 31, 2013, at 5:26 AM PDT
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  11. 1967mustangman Inactive

    Barbra Padilla is not as young as those girls but she belted out an amazing O Mio Babbino Caro on America’s got talent a few years back…..

    Drat they cut a lot out of that video…………

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    • October 31, 2013, at 5:26 AM PDT
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  12. Dave Carter Podcaster

    Phenomenal. God speaks through children too. I need to dry my eyes now…

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    • October 31, 2013, at 5:27 AM PDT
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  13. lakelylane Inactive

    Amazing, thanks Mona

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    • October 31, 2013, at 5:28 AM PDT
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  14. Sister Inactive

    Wonderful! I wish I could understand the conversation following the performance.

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    • October 31, 2013, at 5:57 AM PDT
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  15. Copperfield Inactive

    What Dave said. Puccini is the best. It’s wonderful to see coming generations embracing truly great music amid the cacophony that is popular music today. Beautiful.

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    • October 31, 2013, at 6:30 AM PDT
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  16. Jeff Petraska Member
    Jeff PetraskaJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Absolutely astounding!

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    • October 31, 2013, at 6:36 AM PDT
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  17. barbara lydick Inactive

    Ditto everything above (including a tear or two), and one more thing. Her stage presence was astonishing for one so young. The ease and grace with which she interacted with the panel (and interviewers prior to her performance) is rarely equaled by most 2-3 times her age.

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    • October 31, 2013, at 6:46 AM PDT
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  18. Pencilvania Inactive

    Pure and happy — it’s amazing that a child can have that much control, and then be a giggling, skipping youngster hugging her family a minute after.

    Sidenote – listening to her chatting merrily before the performance – doesn’t Dutch sound so much like English doubletalk? Her cadences and phrases seem so like an American child, just through a little filter. Delightful!

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    • October 31, 2013, at 6:50 AM PDT
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  19. Chris L Inactive

    Wow. Loved it. A great reminder that some of the best things in life comes in small packages. Thanks for sharing!

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    • October 31, 2013, at 7:03 AM PDT
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  20. Profile Photo Member

    One person clicked on “dislike.” Need attention much?

    This reminds me of that clip from Iran’s Got Talent where the little girl hit the high note from “Loving You” and her bomb vest went off, killing the first eight rows of the studio audience. She won.

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    • October 31, 2013, at 7:13 AM PDT
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  21. Adriana Harris Inactive

    That was amazing! I found myself tearing up when I heard this little girl hit the notes on an aria I adore. What a gift and so fortunate to find it so early. Can you imagine what she will do with the the right teachers in a few more years? Thank you for sharing this Mona. I just wish I spoke Dutch.

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    • October 31, 2013, at 7:35 AM PDT
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  22. Pilli Inactive

    At 3:47, the camera cuts from the totally captivated audience to the presenter (?) backstage with the father. He obviously knows the music and is waiting to see how she does with the high note. You can see his amazement as she nails it perfectly.

    As Leslie and Dave said above, God’s tender touch is evident.

    Thanks, Mona.

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    • October 31, 2013, at 8:04 AM PDT
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  23. Barbara Kidder Inactive

    Thank you sooo much!

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    • October 31, 2013, at 8:05 AM PDT
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  24. Peter Robinson Founder

    Oh, all right, I’ll confess: When I clicked on this, what I had in mind was Oscar Wilde’s response to the death of Little Nell in “David Copperfield”: A man would have to have a heart of stone to read it without laughing.

    Silly me. This was magnificent–freakishly so, but still. It conquered me.

    One lingering question, though, Mona: How does a wife, mother and noted political commentator have time to watch Dutch TV?

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    • October 31, 2013, at 8:26 AM PDT
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  25. Frozen Chosen Inactive

    At the risk of being banished forever from Ricochet, didn’t it seem like she was lip synching? I mean, did that sound like a 9 year old girl?

    If that was really her singing that was unbelievable!

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    • October 31, 2013, at 8:37 AM PDT
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  26. Carey J. Inactive

    That was a remarkable performance. But there’s a vast difference between singing a 3-4 minute aria for a TV show and touring. And record contracts generally require that the artist tour to promote the album. I’d hate to see a fine young voice wrecked or a little girl driven crazy by the stresses of stardom. Give her a chance to grow into her talent and one day she might be capable of this.

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    • October 31, 2013, at 9:19 AM PDT
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    • October 31, 2013, at 10:22 AM PDT
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    • October 31, 2013, at 10:51 AM PDT
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  29. tabula rasa Member
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    I’m saying it’s not lip-syncing, but a freakishly beautiful voice emanating from a cute nine-year-old girl.

    What most impressed me (after the sheer beauty) was the way she seemed to feel the music as she sang it. True, she has little experience in the world, but the music seemed to flow from her soul.

    One other comment: one must be tone deaf, hate music, or have a heart of stone not to be moved by Puccini sung well.

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    • October 31, 2013, at 11:32 AM PDT
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  30. She Reagan
    SheJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member
    Frozen Chosen: At the risk of being banished forever from Ricochet, didn’t it seem like she was lip synching? I mean, did that sound like a 9 year old girl?

    If that was really her singing that was unbelievable! · 17 hours ago

    People said exactly the same thing about Jackie Evancho in 2009.

    If what Amira said about herself here, though, is true, this is even more unbelievable.

    Brain surgery, here I come! I’m sure I can do it if I just watch enough videos.

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    • November 1, 2013, at 2:24 AM PDT
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