WTVP - Interesting People
Interesting People - a WTVP series hosted by Ed Sutkowski—features half-hour conversations of thoughtful dialogue with ordinary individuals who have achieved extraordinary measures of success in the arts, business, communications, education, science and sports.

"Thus, the task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, but to think what nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
Photo of Ed Sutkowski, Host of Interesting People
Ed Sutkowski, Host of "Interesting People"
Episode #607 -
Barbara Padilla
Barbara Padilla with Ed Sutkowski
Barbara Padilla with Ed Sutkowski
Barbara Padilla, Soprano
Barbara Padilla, Soprano
Barbara Padilla, Soprano
Barbara Padilla, Soprano
Host Ed Sutkowski talks with soprano, Barbara Padilla.
Original Air Date(s): 10/13/2010
Biographical Information
Barbara Padilla, soprano
photo of Barbara Padilla Soprano Barbara Padilla came into the public eye while a contestant on NBCs Americas Got Talent. Her voice enchanted the audience and the judges. Barbaras performance of Ave Maria, watched by an audience of 15 million viewers, left notoriously tough judge Piers Morgan speechless.

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Barbara grew up listening to opera. As an adult, Barbara graduated college in Mexico with a degree in Music Instruction. In 1996 she was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease. A friend arranged for her to visit the renowned M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. While Barbara was in Houston, another friend scheduled her an audition with Peter Jacoby of the University of Houstons Moores School of Music. Jacoby offered her an undergraduate and graduate scholarship on the spot. Barbara has since graduated, married, become a mother and is working on her first album.

Barbaras talent and spirit are an inspiration. She believes her illness gave her far more than it took away, and as Americas Got Talent judge David Hasselhoff once said to her, You are exactly where you are supposed to be.
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