Every now and then as a freelance photographer I get a really great assignment. The kind of assignment that allows me to meet passionate and extraordinary people. Barbara Quintiliani is soprano opera singer who was diagnosed with an extremely rare combination of two autoimmune diseases: multiple sclerosis and Churg-Strauss syndrome. Boston Globe staff writer Geoff Edgersand and videographer Darren Durlach had been documenting the life of Barbara Quintiliani and her husband Stewart Schroeder for a number of months before I met them in Arizona. I had the privilege of photographing Quintiliani’s first performance in seven months at the Arizona Musicfest in Scottsdale. It was a powerful and emotional performance.
Barbara Quintiliani’s husband Stewart Schroeder helps her get her shoes on before her performance.
Barbara Quintiliani (center) waits backstage along with fellow soloists Beth Clayton (from left) Wayne Tigges and Gaston Rivero before going on stage.
Quintiliani is cheered on stage at the end of The Verdi Requiem.
Stewart gives his wife Barbara a kiss in her dressing room immediately after her performance.