Dear Commons Community,
Amelia Anisovych, the 7-year-old Ukrainian girl whose powerful performance of “Let It Go” in a bomb shelter went viral earlier this month sang the Ukrainian national anthem (above) before thousands of people at a charity event Sunday in Poland, where she’s now a refugee.
She first made her international singing mark amid a group of family members and neighbors on March 6, bringing light to a dank cement shelter in Kyiv as she sang the inspiring lyrics from the song in Disney’s hit film “Frozen.”
“Let it go, let it go. I am one with the wind and sky. Let it go, let it go, you’ll never see me cry. Here I stand and here I stay. Let the storm rage on,” she sang in her native language.
The performance was so touching that it attracted the attention of Broadway star Idina Menzel, who sang the song for the 2013 Disney film. She tweeted: “We see you. We really, really see you.”
Amelia’s bomb shelter performance won a grateful round of applause, millions of views on Twitter — and an invitation to the charity event.
On Sunday, she wore a traditional embroidered Ukrainian dress as she sang her country’s national anthem in Poland at the Atlas Arena in Lodz. The “Together With Ukraine” event raised more than $380,000, CBS News reported, to support Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH), which is providing aid to victims of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Amelia is now in Poland with her grandmother and brother, but her parents are still in Ukraine.
Anisovych’s poignant bomb shelter song also caught the attention of Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who co-wrote the music for “Let It Go.”
“Dear Little Girl with the beautiful voice,” tweeted Anderson-Lopez, “My husband and I wrote this song as part of a story about healing a family in pain. The way you sing it is like a magic trick that spreads the light in your heart and heals everyone who hears it. Keep singing! We are listening!”
Anisovych said on “BBC Breakfast” that she was thrilled by the response she received.
“I practice singing every day in the morning, afternoon and evening. I rehearse, and that’s why it turned so well,” she told the BBC. “It has always been my dream to sing.”
But she also added: “I would happy to be with my mother and father in Kyiv, of course.”
God bless her!