The Transylvanian Nightingale from Chicago: An Interview with Laura Bretan

Tiberiu Dianu
Jun 14 · 6 min read

Laura Bretan was born in 2002 in Chicago, Illinois.

Her parents are Romanians from Transylvania (mother — from Hunedoara, father — from Maramureş). The young soprano with an outstanding voice has been having multiple appearances on prestigious television shows and international festivals such as America’s Got Talent 2016.

On October 17, 2018, Laura attended the “100th Century” Gala, organized by the Romanian Embassy in the United States of America, in Washington, DC, and she kindly agreed to give me a brief interview.

More recently, she was a finalist at the National Selection of Romania for Eurovision 2019.

1. Laura, you bear a famous name for the musical world in Romania. Nicolae Bretan was a famous Romanian composer. Are you somehow related to him?

(Surprised) Oh, no, I really don’t know.

2. He is a famous composer (and baritone) born in Transylvania.

Yeah, yeah, I heard about him, but I don’t know if…

3. Anyway, you keep the name with brilliance.

(Laughing) Eh…

4. Let’s move on to the next question. In 2016, you, at only 14, were the winner of the Sixth Edition of the show, “Romania’s Got Talent,” and you were the sixth finalist of the Eleventh Edition of “America’s Got Talent.”

Yes.

5. From whom did you inherit this extraordinary musical talent that you have?

I believe it is a gift from God from above. I think this [the voice — the author’s note] cannot be given (so my mom said) and I am very happy with it and I hope that I will make people around me happy with my music.

6. You have been criticized by some for the urge addressed to voters to attend and vote for a Referendum To Ban Same-Sex Marriage in Romania, in October 2018. How do you respond to your critics?

(A little surprised) Either good or bad, there will be critics anyway.

7. For your fans, what will your next projects be? Are you working to release a CD or perform in concerts?

Yes, we are now preparing an album, and I would like to go on tour.

8. A tour in the United States, in other countries?

I would like that both in Romania, and in the States.

9. Finally, what is your message for the Romanian-American community?

Thank you very much, with all my heart, for your support. And because you have received me with such warmth and beauty. And I really feel very loved and thank you!

10. That’s right. We thank you, too.

Thank you. God Bless!


NOTE — Versions of the article were published in:

CARIBBEAN NEWS NOW! (Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas) [4 comments]

and

INTELLECTUAL CONSERVATIVE (Phoenix, Arizona) [4 comments]

and

MARIANAS VARIETY (Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands) [5 comments]

and

MEDIUM (San Francisco, California) [100+ views; 4 comments; 50+ likes]

and featured in:

320ro.com (Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom) [ comments]

and

ACCENT (Toronto, Canada) [in Romanian] [ comments]

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and

AFRO-CONSCIOUS MEDIA (Canada; Long Beach, California) [ comments]

and

CARIBBEAN POST (Santiago, Dominican Republic) [4 comments]

and

CLICK ROMANIA (London, United Kingdom) [in Romanian] [4 comments]

and

CURENTUL INTERNAŢIONAL/INTERNATIONAL CURRENT (Sterling Heights/Detroit, Michigan) [in Romanian] [4 comments]

and

FIWEH (Okinawa, Japan) [ comments]

and

GÂNDACUL DE COLORADO/THE COLORADO BEETLE (Estes Park/Denver, Colorado) [in Romanian] [600+ views; 4 comments]

and

MENAFN (Amman, Jordan)

and

NEW YORK MAGAZIN/NEW YORK MAGAZINE (New York City, New York) [in Romanian] [4 comments]

and

OBSERVATORUL/THE OBSERVER (Toronto, Canada) [in Romanian]

and also

and

ROMANIAN TIMES (Portland, Oregon) [in Romanian]

and also

ROMANIAN TIMES (Portland, Oregon) (print edition, pp. 1 and 15) [in Romanian]

and

TRUMP’S MINUTEMEN (Fort Worth, Texas)

and referenced in:

BIZICK (Castries, Saint Lucia)

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and

CARIBBEAN POST — FACEBOOK (Santiago, Dominican Republic)

and

CENTRUL DE PRESĂ — PRESSPEDIA/THE PRESS CENTER — PRESSPEDIA (Bucharest, Romania) [in Romanian] [+ views]

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and

CURENTUL INTERNAŢIONAL/INTERNATIONAL CURRENT — FACEBOOK (Sterling Heights/Detroit, Michigan) [in Romanian]

and

MUCK RACK (New York, New York)


NUMBER OF PUBLICATIONS = 20

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Tiberiu Dianu

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TIBERIU DIANU has published several books and a host of articles in law, politics, and post-communist societies. He currently lives and works in Washington, DC.

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