Video of Chilean opera singer defying a city curfew in Santiago to perform a ‘spine-tingling’ peace song from her bedroom window – to huge cheers from her neighbours – goes viral
- Chilean soprano Ayleen Jovita Romero shared a video of herself singing in Santiago from her apartment while the city was under curfew last month
- The surprise performance brought rapturous applause from neighbouring flats
- Over half a million people have now listened to the clip on Twitter, with many saying the song and the reaction gave them ‘chills’
- There have been huge protests in Chile against President Sebastian Pinera’s rule
A video showing a Chilean opera singer giving an impromptu performance from her bedroom window while under city curfew in Santiago, Chile last month has gone viral.
Ayleen Jovita Romero, a Chilean soprano, is seen offering a stirring rendition of an a capella version of ‘El derecho de vivir en paz’, which directly translates as ‘The right to live in peace’, to dark, empty streets in the South American capital.
As residents in neighbouring flats begin to hear the singing, they open their windows until an audience of hundreds are listening in.
When Romero finishes her song, they are heard erupting with cheers and applause.
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Chilean soprano Ayleen Jovita Romero said singing into the dark, empty streets of Santiago while the city was under a nighttime curfew last month was ‘necessary’. Footage of her stirring performance of a peace song has now gone viral
The scene from Romero’s window as she sang out ‘El derecho de vivir en paz’, a song in Spanish that directly translates as ‘The right to live in peace’
The city enforced a curfew for a week at the end of October during heavy protests against Chilean President Sebastian Pinera’s government, forcing residents to stay indoors between 10pm and 4am.
The video, filmed and shared in late October, has now gone viral with more than 500,000 sharing it on Twitter alone.
Romero posted her own videos of the performance on her Instagram accountwriting an emotional post beside it.
She said (translated from Spanish): ‘We demonstrate peacefully in this curfew, all the neighbors here supporting the cause by singing and playing their beautiful instruments. I invite other artists to do the same in their homes. Necessary.’
On Instagram, Romero said that neighbours had also played their instruments as she sang
The singer called on other artists to stage similar performances to lift spirits in difficult times
The reaction on social media has seen people saying the clip gives them ‘chills’.
@thoang1971 wrote: ‘That’s awesome talent! Sounds like a scene out of a movie…’
@pdoty64 added: ‘This was absolutely beautiful and poignant. Thank you for sharing.’
@FaceBased added: ‘This is so beautiful! Not just for the singing, even though this voice is angelic, but the LOVE these neighbors showed!! Incredible!’
@LTrctrc penned: ‘I don’t know why but I’m ugly crying right now. This was beautiful moment.’
Chile is currently experiencing deep unrest, with almost one million protesters taking to the streets in Santiago on October 25th.
Protests that started over a hike in public transport fares boiled over into riots, arson and looting that have killed at least 18 people, injured hundreds, brought more than 7,000 arrests and caused more than $1.4billion of losses to Chilean businesses.