Tuning up their vocal cords

Contest: Three opera singers vie tomorrow in the Marian Anderson International Vocal Competition.

July 23, 1999|By Sandra Crockett | Sandra Crockett,SUN STAFF

It will be an operatic battle when three competitors sing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center tomorrow.

They are finalists in the Marian Anderson International Vocal Competition, which began a week ago at the University of Maryland, College Park. Among the 35 contestants were singers from Lebanon, Korea, Japan, Britain and the United States.

The finalists are Barbara Quintiliani, a 22-year-old soprano from Dorchester, Mass.; Tigran Martirosian, a 29-year-old bass from Russia; and Eleni Matos, a 33-year-old mezzo-soprano from Clearwater, Fla. They were chosen from a field of 12 semi-finalists by an international jury.

Quintiliani has performed with the Boston Lyric Opera and won the National Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York. She is a recent graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music.

Martirosian was born in Armenia and has performed throughout Europe and in New York. The former physics student has also performed with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Matos has won 28 vocal competitions throughout the world. Included in her credits are Strauss' "Elektra" and Verdi's "La Traviata."

Andre Raphael Smith will conduct the BSO. The singers will perform for 20 to 25 minutes each.

The winner receives a check for $20,000 and will give performances throughout the country, including a Nov. 14 recital at the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York.

For tickets to the finals, call the Kennedy Center Box office at 202-467-4600.

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