‘America’s Got Talent’ Showcases Amazing 13-Year-Old Opera Singer During Season 11 Premiere

Little girl, big voice! An amazing 13-year-old opera singer wowed the judges and received a standing ovation during the season 11 premiere of America’s Got Talent on Tuesday, May 31.

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When Laura Bretan initially took the stage, she appeared to be nervous, perhaps because newcomer judge Simon Cowell tore apart previous contestants’ auditions. But as soon as she opened her mouth to sing an incredible rendition of “Nessun Dorma,” Cowell, 56, Heidi Klum, Mel B. and Howie Mandel looked at one another in complete surprise and amazement.

Laura Bretan
Laura Bretan on ‘America’s Got Talent.’ Trae Patton/NBC

“That didn’t just happen!” said Cowell, who has previously worked as a judge on Pop Idol, The X Factor U.K., Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor U.S. and, most famously, American Idol. “You came out like a jelly. I didn’t think you were going to be able to talk, and then that just happened. I have never heard anything like that in all the years I’ve been doing this show. It was unbelievable. What made it even better is the fact that you are such a sweet person. So humble. Not even aware of how amazing you are.”

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Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell
America’s Got Talent’s judges Howie Mandel, Mel B., Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell (from left). Trae Patton/NBC

Mel B., 41, was just as amazed — and even used her Golden Buzzer to send Bretan straight to the live shows. “This show is going to completely change your life, and I’m going to change your life right now,” the Spice Girls singer said before pressing the buzzer.

As a burst of confetti fell down onto the stage, Bretan exclaimed, “This has been a dream come true!”

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America’s Got Talent airs on NBC Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.

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