Mexican mezzo-soprano Paulina Villarreal is a prominent recitalist, cabaret, operatic, and musical theater singer around the United States and Mexico. She was recently named one of the Top Prize winners at the prestigious international Lotte Lenya Competition in New York, and at the Comic Opera Guild Competition in Michigan. Ms. Villarreal, a graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservator of Music, has been a soloist and invited artist in important companies and orchestras around the United States like Opera Saratoga, Cincinnati opera, Opera Fusion: New Works, the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston Pops (Boston, MA), Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Appalachian Symphony Orchestra and the Decatur Millikin Symphony Orchestra. In the entrepreneurship world, Ms. Villarreal is the founder and artistic director of the annual concert series "Cantos para Hermanar al Mundo", devoted to the promotion of classical vocal genres hosted in Northern Mexico.
Recent performance credits include the world premiere of Mango Suite with the Princeton Symphony, a residency with Opera Saratoga, performing the role of Vera Boronel in Menotti's The Consul, Margot in Lehárs The Merry Widow, and as a resident singer in the program Saratoga Sings. Other operatic/oratorio engagements include workshopping the roles of Linda Morales and Alicia in Laura Kaminsky’s new operas Postville: Hometown to the world, and Some Light Emerges, the role of Calavera (Death) in Rodriguez's Frida, Driter Knabe in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (Cincinnati Opera), and a staged version of J.S Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the CCM Philharmonia. Concert performances include Hollywood Hits at the Big Island of Hawaii, a tour of William Bolcom's Complete Cabaret Songs (Die Neue Galerie, NYC; National Women Museum of Arts, Washington DC, Cohen Studio Theater, Cincinnati), and Ricky Ian Gordon's Cabaret show: Bright-Eyed Joy.
Career highlights include Simply Sondheim: Stephen Sondheim's 85th Birthday Celebration with the Boston POPS and Broadway veterans Jason Danieley and Kate Baldwin, Sondheim vs Webber with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Macy's ArtWave Sampler with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, multiple performances with Music for all Seasons, the Wagner Society of Cincinnati and Stranger Here Myself: A One Woman Kurt Weill Cabaret with Kenneth Griffiths at the Piano.