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From a voice for the ages, a song of survival

Art is literally life for Quincy’s Barbara Quintiliani

By Geoff Edgers
Globe Staff / April 29, 2012
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Quincy-born soprano Barbara Quintiliani is known for her spectacular voice, a soaring instrument that critics have hailed as “drop-dead gorgeous’’ and likened to molten gold. Quintiliani has sung at the White House, shared the stage with Placido Domingo, won prestigious competitions, and wowed audiences with starring roles in Boston, where she attended New England Conservatory. To reach that level, she overcame a striking series of obstacles, including a childhood of abject poverty and a stepfather who sexually abused her. Now Quintiliani is facing what may be her biggest challenge: a rare combination of autoimmune diseases that has forced her to miss months of performances. That’s why her upcoming gig is so important.

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