Laura Bretan

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Laura Bretan
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Laura Bretan in concert
Background information
Born (2002-04-07) April 7, 2002 (age 16)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Laura Bretan (born April 7, 2002) is a Romanian-American opera singer from Chicago, Illinois. She is most well known for her appearance in Season 11 of America's Got Talent in 2016 where she finished in sixth place. Laura Bretan started singing at the age of six.

Early life[edit]

Bretan was born in Chicago, Illinois into a Romanian family. She first began singing when she was six years old. Bretan was taught how to sing by her mother. At age eight, she began singing at Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church, where her parents are active members.[1]

America's Got Talent[edit]

Laura Bretan's audition in Episode 1101 consisted of singing "Nessun dorma"[2] from Giacomo Puccini's opera Turandot. The act received a standing ovation from Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel. Moved by her performance, Mel B pressed her Golden Buzzer to send Laura straight to the Quarterfinals.

Bretan performed in the first live show on July 26, 2016, and advanced to the semifinals with the audience vote. She gave another well-received performance in the semifinals, but missed out on the audience vote later and lost the "Dunkin Save" vote. However, Bretan won the Judges' Vote and passed onto the finals.[3] Bretan performed "O mio babbino caro" in the finals and finished in 6th place overall.[4]

Romania's Got Talent[edit]

In 2016, Laura Bretan was the winner of Romania's Got Talent.[5][6]


  1. ^ Ong, Czarina (June 8, 2016). "13-year-old Pentecostal girl wows judges, audience on 'America's Got Talent' with her operatic performance". Christian Today. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  2. ^ Anthony Ying (1 June 2016). "America's Got Talent 2016 Laura Bretan 13 y.o. Belts Out An Amazing Nessun Dorma Full Audition". Retrieved 24 August 2017 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ Anthony Ying (2016-09-01), America's Got Talent 2016 Semi-Finals Round 1 Results Part 4 Judges' Pick S11E19, retrieved 2017-08-24
  4. ^ America's Got Talent (2016-09-13), Laura Bretan - Opera Singer Stuns With "O Mio Babbino Caro" - America's Got Talent 2016, retrieved 2017-08-24
  5. ^ Romania Insider. "Who is Laura Bretan, the winner of this year's Romania's Got Talent?". Irina Popescu. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Laura Bretan's singing technique 'raises deep concerns' says singing teacher". Classic fm. 14 September 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2017.

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