Mexican mezzo-soprano Paulina Villarreal is establishing a career as 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, who graduated from the Cincinnati College-Conservator of Music, is a current Young Artist at Cincinnati Opera and a past voice fellow of the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. In 2016, she became Alumna of the Opera Fusion New Works: A collaboration between Cincinnati Opera and CCM Opera.
Recent performance credits inclulde 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. In the Operatic/Oratorio world, she recently performed the role of Calavera (Death) in Rodriguez's Frida, Driter Knabe in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (Cincinnati Opera), a staged version of J.S Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the CCM Philharmonia, Alicia in Kaminsky's Some Light Emerges and Marianna in Rossini's Ill Signor Bruschino.
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.