America's Young Talent, March 19, 2011
First runner up of the biggest talent competition in the world, America's Got Talent season four, Barbara Padilla won the hearts of millions. She consistently receives long standing ovations as this cancer survivor's performances brings tears to the eyes of those who watch her. Her beautiful, triumphant story has inspired the lives of many human beings around the world and for this reason she has been invited to participate in many events that benefit people with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, not only to sing, but to be the key-note speaker with great success.
Her charm and talent sell out every venue where she performs. While opera buffs have unanimously praised her, she also has tremendous appeal to those who otherwise don't listen to opera.
Barbara Padilla was born in Guadalajara, Mexico where she studied music, acting, and dance. She graduated from the Universidad de Guadalajara as a music instructor and studied voice. She was the section leader and soloist for the State choir of Jalisco.
Barbara was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and underwent several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. During this time Barbara was told that she may never be able to sing again as the radiation could harm her vocal chords. She was in treatment for several years and was near death on more than one occasion, but her faith, family and friends helped her through those difficult times.
After traveling to Houston for a consultation with doctors at MD Anderson, Barbara had a chance to audition for the Moore's School of Music at the University of Houston. She was awarded a full scholarship where she completed the Master's Degree program.
She has been invited to sing the US and Mexican National Anthems for audiences as large as 70,000 people.
Ms. Padilla has performed as a soloist of many operas and symphonic events, including oratorio and operatic concerts in USA, Italy and Mexico. Her repertoire includes operas like La Boheme, Turandot, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, La Traviata, Marriage of Figaro, and oratorios like Rutter's, Verdi's and Mozart's requiem masses, Beethoven's Nineth symphony, Hydn's Nelson Mass, Orff's Carmina Burana, among many others. Barbara now makes her home in Texas with her husband and their beautiful daughter.