Who Is the Homeless Woman Heard Singing Opera in L.A. Subway?

Lawrence Kim
October 2, 2019

Los Angeles Police tweeted video showing a woman with a handsome singing voice in the subway along with the caption, "4 million people call LA home".

Just days later, details on Zamourka began to surface, including a recent spell of bad luck that landed her on the streets.

Zamourka told the station that she's a classically trained violinist and pianist and made a living as a street performer. She came to the United States from Russian Federation when she was 24.

"That's when I became homeless".

A man destroyed her violin three years ago and then she suffered a wrist injury that kept her from playing, KABC reported.

"I am sleeping actually on the cardboard right now, in the parking lot", she added.

"You know why I do it in the subway?"

Zamourka says after her violin was taken, she resorted to singing in the subway as an alternative, which is when she caught the eye of an LAPD officer at a Metro Purple Line station in Koreatown.

Zamourka said she hopes to one day work in music again, and she hopes her newfound fame can turn her situation around.

The video of her performance has been viewed nearly 800,000 times since September 26 and people have been inspired to help her.

Zamourka told the Times that she arrived in America when she was just 24.

"I didn't want to be dependent on anybody", Zamourka told the Times.

Haunting video recorded a woman singing opera below ground, her handsome voice echoing through the station.

After the LAPD's video went viral, Branimir Kvartuc - a spokesman for Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino - approached Zamourka and offered a job singing at the opening of an Italian Resturant on nearby San Pedro.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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