Biography

American Soprano Barbara Quintiliani is becoming known internationally for her bravura performances of some of the most challenging roles in the operatic repertoire including: Donizetti’s Maria Padilla and Lucrezia Borgia, Verdi’s Elvira, Luisa Miller, Gulnara, Lina, (Trovatore) Leonora, Mozart’s Elettra, Donna Anna, and Vitellia, Cherubini’s Medea, Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine, and Bellini’s Norma.

Maria Padilla is a brilliant vehicle for a fire-snorting bel canto diva, and Wexford found one in the American soprano BARBARA QUINTILIANI. She relished the flashes of vindictive coloratura brilliance and menacing descents into the chest register required by Donizetti for Maria. If there is any justice in the opera world, QUINTILIANI should be heading for superstardom… she has the vocal hardware to become a cult figure outside the glamorous opera circuit, with her gleaming timbre, fearless leaps between the extremes of registers and apparently bottomless reserves of breath.
— Hugh Canning, The Sunday London Times

Ms. Quintiliani participated in several prestigious Young Artist Training Programs including those at the Santa Fe Opera, The Houston Grand Opera, and the Washington National Opera after receiving her Bachelor of Arts from the renowned New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. The first American woman in twenty-five years to win First Prize in the prestigious Francisco Viñas Singing Competition in Barcelona, Spain, she also took home the Verdi and Public Prizes. Some of her other awards include: National Grand Prize Winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, First Place at the Eleanor McCollum International Voice Competition, First Place at the Marian Anderson International Vocal Arts Competition, First Place at the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Vocal Competition, and a Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation in New York City.

In addition to her performances in opera, Ms. Quintiliani is an enthusiastic recital and concert singer. As a member of the prestigious Marilyn Horne Foundation, she made her Carnegie Hall debut as a part of their beloved “On Wings of Song” series as well as conducting outreach concerts to school children and bringing the beauty and majesty of art song recital to many parts of the United States. She has had the great honor to appear in recital in many prestigious music festivals, including The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, The Bank of America Celebrity Series, The Dame Myra Hess Foundation Series, The Monadnock Music Festival, the Music in the Mountains Music Festival, the Arizona Music Festival and more. 

She has worked under the batons of such renowned conductors as: Heinz Fricke, Placido Domingo, JoAnn Faletta, John DeMain, Patrick Summers, Ascher Fisch, David Agler, Robert Moody, Anthony Walker, Benjamin Zander, Martin Pearlman, Evolino Pido, John Fiore, Alan Gilbert, Edo de Waart, Leonard Slatkin, Valery Gergiev and many more.

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