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December 9, 1980 |
Bárbara Padilla (//; born December 9, 1980) 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.
Bárbara Padilla was born in Guadalajara, Mexico where she studied music, acting, and dance.
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.
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, and La Traviata. She released her first CD in 2014.
America's Got Talent
Padilla auditioned on America's Got Talent, singing "O Mio Babbino Caro". 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.
|Week||Song choice||Original artist||Performance order||Result|
|Audition||"O Mio Babbino Caro"||Giacomo Puccini||N/A||Advanced|
|"Time to Say Goodbye"||Andrea Bocelli||2||Advanced|
|"Ave Maria"||Charles-François Gounod||10||Advanced|
||"O Mio Babbino Caro"||Giacomo Puccini||4||2nd Place|
After finishing as the runner up, Barbara performed in the America's Got Talent Live concert. Her debut album, titled 'Barbara Padilla' was released in late 2014.