Singing opera is difficult. But doing it through a closed mouth?

That's just one of the talents Darci Lynne put on display to shock (and charm) judges on "America's Got Talent."

Now she's on her first national tour, which stops in Rochester for a performance at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mayo Civic Center. And don't worry, Petunia fans, the opera-singing diva rabbit will be here, too.

The performance earlier this year on "America's Got Talent," in which Darci's rabbit puppet, Petunia, sang Italian opera, wowed the judges, including the always-tough-to-please Simon Cowell.

Darci Lynne Farmer, a 14-year-old self-taught ventriloquist, won the 2017 edition of America's Got Talent, a season in which she introduced Petunia and fellow puppets Oscar and Edna Doorknocker — and her own amazing talent as a ventriloquist — to audiences.

Since then, Darci has made numerous appearances on television programs and starred in her own Christmas tour.

She was back on "America's Got Talent" this year for the "Champions" edition and finished as runner-up on the basis of Petunia's opera performance.

Darci is a native of Oklahoma who began performing at talent pageants as a way to overcome her shyness. She soon picked up the skill of ventriloquism, talking and singing with her mouth closed. Her win on "America's Got Talent" came when she was 12 years old.

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Tom covers primarily arts and entertainment for the Post Bulletin and 507 Magazine. He also often writes feature stories about local history. He is a native of Milwaukee, WI, and enjoys reading and traveling.