"She opened her mouth, and music came out" ... by Richard Dyer
Singing Verdi's Il Corsaro for Sarasota Opera:
Barbara Quintiliani's Gulnara is a strong-willed woman willing to do whatever it takes to escape the slavery of harem life. Corrado catches her eye, but when he will not murder Seid for her, she simply does it herself. In the midst of it all, there are a few memorable musical moments that she powers up to the heights of her soprano register.
Gayle Williams, The Herald Tribune, March 11, 2004
For the Washington Opera in a performance of Don Giovanni in Consitution Hall:
"Most of the praise went to singers in two of the opera's most problematic roles, soprano Barbara Quintiliani as Donna Anna and tenor Matthew Ryan Wolff as Ottavio -- both artists of great potential. Quintiliani, whose acting is as impressive as her voice, managed to convey the intense emotions, ambivalence and fiery determination of her role without ever making Anna look (as sometimes happens) like a nag."
Joseph McLellan, The Washington Post, April 7, 2003
"Soprano Barbara Quintiliani took the role of Elettra,
daughter of the Greek war commander Agamemnon, in two performances of
the Washington Opera's Idomeneo, which has just finished its run
in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Quintiliani is a member of the company's
Young Artist Program of the Americas, and her performance in this, her
first major operatic role, is eloquent testimony to the value of that
program. Saturday night's audience, which applauded her warmly, saw the
beginning of a significant operatic career.
Joseph McLellan, The Washington Post, November 24, 2002
Barbara Quintiliani, in recital at Longy School of Music:
"During her years away, Quintiliani's big, diamond-bright soprano has matured
"....when everything was working for her, the effect was thrilling.
This was true in her fiery performance of Elettra's big scena, 'D'Oreste,
d'Ajace,' In this scorching expression of fury and despair over the loss
of Elettra's beloved to a rival, Quintiliani hurled vocal lightning bolts.
"But it was in a set of early 20th century American songs and Rosalinda's Csardas from Die Fledermaus that Quintiliani found her stride, and showed some tongue-in-cheek virtuosity. During the encore 'Ebben Ne andro lontano' from Catalani's La Wallylisteners got a glimpse of the Quintiliani of the future: the voice molten, the communications intense, instrument and interpretive impulse perfectly attuned."
Ellen Pfeifer, The Boston Globe, August 6, 2002