Barbara Quintiliani

Barbara Quintiliani


"The Verdi soprano the world has been waiting for..." (Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe)
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«“Maria Padilla is a brilliant vehicle for a fire-snorting bel canto diva, and Wexford found one in the American soprano BARBARA QUINTILIANI."»
Hugh Canning, The Sunday London Times (2017)
2014Bellini: NormaNorma
2011Donizetti: Maria PadillaMaria Padilla
2011Verdi: Luisa MillerLuisa Miller
2011Cherubini: MédéeMédée
2010Bellini: NormaNorma
2010Verdi: MacbethLady Macbeth
2010Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosAriadne
2009Donizetti: Maria PadillaMaria Padilla
2009Verdi: Il TrovatoreLeonora
2008Donizetti: Lucrezia BorgiaLucrezia Borgia
2008Verdi: ErnaniElvira
2008Verdi: MacbethLady Macbeth
2006Donizetti: Lucrezia BorgiaLucrezia Borgia
2006Mozart: IdomeneoElettra
2006Puccini: Suor AngelicaSuor Angelica
2005Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Anna
2005Verdi: Il TrovatoreLeonora
2005Verdi: StiffelioLina
2004Mozart: IdomeneoElettra
2004Verdi: Il CorsaroGulnara
2004Verdi: Luisa MillerLuisa Miller


“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 

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.

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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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Bellini: Norma Norma Immediately Martha Cardona Opera Theater 2014
Donizetti: Maria Padilla Maria Padilla Immediately Opera Boston 2011
Verdi: Luisa Miller Luisa Miller Immediately Chautauqua Opera Festival (Chautauqua) 2011
Cherubini: Médée Médée No Opera Orchestra of New York 2011
Bellini: Norma Norma Immediately Chautauqua Opera Festival (Chautauqua) 2010


First place, metropolitan national council auditions
first place, marion anderson international vocal competition
first place, eleanor mccullum international voice competition
first place, licia albanese international puccini competition
first place, verdi prize & price of the public, francisco vinas international voice competition