About Barbara Quintiliani

Opera Boston will present staged performances of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia with Barbara Quintiliani in the title role on Friday April 28, 2006, at 7:30 p.m, Sunday April 30 at 3 p.m., and Tuesday may 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.


Barbara Quintiliani is scheduled to sing Bach's wedding cantatas BWV 202 and 51 with the Boston Classical Orchestra at Faneuil Hall in Boston on October 13 and 15, 2006.


". . . Lucrezia demands more than the average coloratura. She requires power, depth and personality. Barbara Quintiliani brings all of these qualities to her performance. In the first act she displays Lucrezia's tenderness and vulnerability as she encounters her son.

In the second act she channels Lucrezia's wrath as she confronts her jealous husband. In the third act Quintiliani successfully combines these two qualities, culminating in a spectacular coloratura aria that showcases her powerful dramatic voice. This performance makes the production a success, in spite of a lack of support from her lead male counterpart."--from review by Garen Nigon for, May 1, 2006, of an Opera Boston performance of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia.


Recital, Jordan Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, April 1, 2005
Barbara Quintiliani, soprano
Craig Terry, piano
(Attributed to) Benedetto Marcello
Il mio bel foco...Quella mia fiamma

Antonio Vivaldi
“Sposa son disprezzata” from

Franz Schubert
Auflösung, D. 807
Frülingsglaube, D. 686
Gretchen am Spinnrade, D. 118
Die Liebe (Klärchens Lied), D. 210
Rastlose Liebe, D. 138

Giuseppe Verdi

Non t’accostare all’urna
La zingara
In solitaria stanza

Lori Laitman

Becoming a Redwood
The Song
Curriculum Vitae
Becoming a Redwood

Richard Strauss
Kling!, Opus 48, no. 3
Einerlei, Opus 69, no. 3
Freundliche Vision, Opus 48, no. 1
Frühlingsfeier, Opus 56, no. 5


"Merce, dillete amiche" (Bolero) from Verdi's
Vespri Siciliani

"Ebben? Ne andro lontana" from Catalani's
La Wally

"The Year's at the Spring" by Amy Beach
I attended soprano Barbara Quintiliani's recital at Jordan Hall in Boston on April 1, 2005.  Ms. Quintiliani was accompanied by Craig Terry, piano.

The encores were delightful, the work of a well qualified opera singer.  The Verdi and Strauss pieces in the recital also were well served by the soprano's operatic approach.  Instead of trying to give such a typical recital program--some
arie antiche, some Schubert, and something contemporary, etc.--Ms. Quintiliani might do well to focus more on her strengths.  The audience sometimes seemed restless in the first part of the evening.  The first two selections were somewhat serious to open a program, and the Schubert perhaps just isn't her forte.  She has the voice, ability, and personality to win over an audience with the right material, as she had clearly demonstrated by the end of the evening.
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