Laura Bretan is from Chicago, Illinois. Encouraged by her mother, Laura Bretan has been singing in church since she was a four-year-old girl. At age seven, while listening to Disney's "Sleeping Beauty," she realized she can sing in a different manner, however she continued to sing only Christian music.
In 2014, she started to listen to other genres and to learn some arias. She fell in love with classical music and has been an aspiring opera singer ever since. She believes she can touch people's hearts with her voice and hopes she can inspire others, especially teenagers, to enjoy opera as much as she does after realizing that it is the most complex form of art. Her favorite composers are Giacomo Puccini and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Along with being American, Laura is also Romanian, born to Romanian-American parents. She went to Romania for her Romanian grandfather's funeral and while there, she auditioned for the sixth season of Romania's Got Talent at his wish. On June 3rd she won the series. She will donate a portion of it for orphans and to help end homelessness, two causes in which she strongly believes in.
It was always a dream to perform on the America's Got Talent stage, since the US is her birthplace. 
Laura Bretan's audition in Episode 1101 consisted of singing "Nessun dorma" from the opera Turandot. The act received a standing ovation from Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel. Moved by her performance, Mel B pressed her Golden Buzzer to send Laura straight to the Quarterfinals.
Laura Bretan's Week 1 Quarterfinals performance in Episode 1111 consisted of singing Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli's "The Prayer." Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell gave her standing ovations. Laura received enough votes to advance to the Semifinals in Episode 1112 along with Jayna Brown.
Laura Bretan's Week 1 Semifinals performance in Episode 1117 consisted of singing "Pie Jesu." Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell all gave her standing ovations. Laura finished in fourth, fifth, or sixth place in America's Vote. In the Dunkin' Save, she received fewer online votes than Tape Face. In the Judges' choice, Howie Mandel did not vote for her, but Mel B, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell did, advancing her to the Finals in Episode 1118 instead of Edgar.
Laura Bretan's Finals performance in Episode 1121 consisted of singing "O mio babbino caro" from the opera Gianni Schicchi. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell all gave her standing ovations.
For the finale in Episode 1122, Laura Bretan sang "Nessun dorma" with Il Volo while Sofie Dossi did aerial tricks and Viktor Kee juggled. Laura did not receive enough votes to be included in the Top 5, eliminating her from the competition instead of Brian Justin Crum.
After the Show
Laura participated in Selectia Nationala, the Romanian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, with the song "Dear Father". She finished in second place behind winner Ester Peony despite winning the public televote.