Alumnus on KRCA’s new talent show Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento

Alumnus on talent show.

Alumnus Julio Carillo Batta ’06, ’09 is out to prove that he has talent, and lots of it. Batta is currently competing for a $100,000 grand prize on KRCA’s new talent show, Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento.

The show, judged by well known actor and comedian Hector Suarez, actress and singer Patricia Manterola and radio personality Pepe Garza, is a Spanish spin off of America’s Got Talent. Contestants perform for the judges and must get all three of their votes to move on to the next round.

Batta auditioned against 1700 performers to become one of the 600 contestants on the first show. Winning the hearts and votes of all three judges, Batta continues in his quest to the quarterfinals, where he hopes to become one of 40 who will qualify for the semifinals.

His unique talent makes him stand out amongst the other competitors as he’s the only performer who is singing opera, a passion discovered at the University of Redlands. Batta is grateful for the support he received from Redlands mentors, including Artist Professor of Voice and Director of the University Opera Marco Schindelmann who saw potential in Batta and encouraged him to stay at Redlands to pursue graduate study in voice performance.

“I want others to be amazed by the art of opera. This is an opportunity for me to present opera to someone who hasn’t had a chance to listen to this type of music before,” said Batta.

His followers may also recall two years ago, when he was on Spanish TV show Sabado Gigante imitating Pavarotti. Batta, who received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Redlands, is currently working in the university’s Human Resources department.

In order to pursue his dream of becoming an international opera singer, Batta continues to audition for various opportunities, hoping that one day, one will take him to the top.

Watch Batta on YouTube as he gets closer to fulfilling his dreams.

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