Bárbara Padilla

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Bárbara Padilla
Born (1973-12-09) December 9, 1973 (age 41)
Guadalajara, Mexico
Genres Opera
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2009–present
Website barbarapadilla.com

Bárbara Padilla (/pəˈdə/; born December 9, 1973) is a Mexican-American operatic soprano. She was the runner-up on the fourth season of America's Got Talent. She is well known as a survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Bárbara Padilla was born in Guadalajara, Mexico where she studied music, acting, and dance.

Health[edit]

While in college, Padilla was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and underwent several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. During this time, Padilla was told that she might never be able to sing again because the radiation could harm her vocal cords. But she would not give up her dream.

After traveling to Houston for a consultation with doctors, Padilla had the chance to audition for the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. She was awarded a full scholarship where she completed the Master's Degree program, all while battling cancer. She was in treatment for several years and was near death on more than one occasion. Her faith, family and friends helped her through those difficult times.

Padilla is in remission, living in Texas with her husband and young daughter. She feels incredibly blessed to have survived cancer.[2]

Accomplishments[edit]

Her accomplishments while at UH include first place winner in NATS competition in 2001 in the advanced adults category. Barbara was a participant in the summer program IIVArts held in Chiari, Italy. She was invited to sing the American and Mexican National Anthems for the sold-out, historic soccer game at Reliant Stadium. Ms. Padilla has performed as a soloist of many symphonic events, including oratorio and concerts in USA, Italy and Mexico.

Her repertoire includes operas like La Bohème, Turandot, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, La Traviata. She is currently working on her first CD.[3]

America's Got Talent[edit]

Overview[edit]

Padilla auditioned on America's Got Talent, America got quite the surprise when she got up to sing"O Mio Babbino Caro" from Giacomo Puccini. She then advanced to the Vegas Verdicts, where she then moved on to the Top 48. During the quarterfinals, she sang "Time to Say Goodbye" by Francesco Sartori, with the judges stating she's the leader of the night. She then advanced to the semifinals, singing "Ave Maria". One of the judges claimed it was the best vocal performance in the history of the show, and she was clearly one of the favorites. During the finals, she sang the same song from her audition. She finished as runner-up, losing to country singer Kevin Skinner.

Performances/Results[edit]

Week Song choice Original artist Performance order Result
Audition "O Mio Babbino Caro" Giacomo Puccini N/A Advanced
Vegas Verdicts N/A N/A N/A Advanced
Top 48
Group 4
"Time to Say Goodbye" Andrea Bocelli 2 Advanced
Top 20
Group 2
"Ave Maria" Charles-François Gounod 10 Advanced
Top 10
"O Mio Babbino Caro" Giacomo Puccini 4 2nd Place

Career[edit]

After finishing as the runner up, Barbara performed in the America's Got Talent Live concert. According to her website her debut album will be released in the Fall of 2011. As of the beginning of February 2012, Barbara is currently in studio and with an orchestra, recording for her album to debut later this year.

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