Soprano Barbara Padilla Performs in Concert at Santa Fe College Sept. 15

Press release from Santa Fe College

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Barbara Padilla, the Mexican-American soprano who was runner-up on “America’s Got Talent” in 2009, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in the Jackson N. Sasser Fine Arts Hall at the Northwest Campus of Santa Fe College (SF), 3000 NW 83rd Street, Gainesville. Padilla’s concert is a fundraising event for the Climb for Cancer Foundation and part of SF’s Master Artist Series that brings performing arts professionals to campus to mentor students. 

For $150 at the VIP level, ticketholders can attend a pre-show reception and a post-show meet and greet. Orchestra section tickets are $50 for adults and $45 for seniors. Mezzanine section tickets are $40 for adults and $35 for seniors. Balcony tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $15 for students. Tickets are available from the SF Box Office at 352-395-4181 or online at showpass.com/barbara-padilla

Padilla’s repertoire includes Celine Dion’s “The Prayer” and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Pie Jesu” from “Requiem,” as well as popular arias from operas such as “La Boheme,” “Turandot,” “Tosca,” “Madame Butterfly,” and “La Traviata.” Her performance of Charles Gounod’s “Ave Maria” prompted judge Piers Morgan to declare, “It was the greatest single vocal performance we’ve ever had on ‘America’s Got Talent.’” 

Padilla was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma while in college and told that she might never be able to sing again after undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment. She refused to abandon her dream and completed her master’s degree in music on a full scholarship at the University of Houston while she battled her cancer. Now in remission, Padilla lives in Texas with her husband and daughter. 

Money raised from the concert will support the work of Gainesville’s Climb for Cancer Foundation, which funds enrichment programs involving arts, nature, sports, and medicine for cancer patients, their families, and caregivers. “We don’t concentrate on cancer, we concentrate on the cancer family by providing patient-centered support,” explained Ron Farb, who runs Climb for Cancer with his wife, Dianne. “We are delighted that Barbara Padilla is returning to Gainesville because she’s so very kind and generous and when she visits, she wants to do everything she can to help.” 

As a visiting Master Artist at SF, Padilla will audition and coach vocal students in the Fine Arts and Entertainment Technology Department’s Music program. She will select several students who will perform with her or as soloists during the concert. 

Padilla’s concert is organized and sponsored by the Climb for Cancer Foundation and sponsored in part by Santa Fe College.