Hollywood Hits, Kahilu Theater Hawaii
”Mexican bombshell Paulina Villareal has a mezzo-soprano voice that you would expect to hear on the top-10 charts; her rendition of “How Far I’ll Go” from the movie Moana was fiery and fierce, and I felt she was singing for herself and for all women.”
(Big Island Music Magazine)
Lotte Lenya Competition Review
"Villarreal captivated the judges and audience with a fiery zarzuela number, "Carceleras" from Las hijas del Zebedeo. She followed this with two Weill numbers, "One Life to Live" from Lady in the Dark, and "Der Abschiedsbrief"; and ended with "Maybe I Like it This Way" from The Wild Party. The judges praised her "courageous risk-taking," and "charisma to burn."
(Broadway World, via The Kurt Weill Foundation)
Simply Sondheim with the Boston POPS! Reviews
"A Satisfying, Occasionally Sublime night of Sondheim" (with Paulina Villarreal and Tanglewood Fellows)
(The Boston Globe)
Hansel and Gretel with CCM Opera Review
"Paulina Villarreal brings a bell-like soprano to the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel"
(The Cincinnati Enquirer)
Best of Cincinnati
"Paulina Villareal sounded perfectly at home in a couple of recitals, impressively singing everything from Kurt Weill cabaret pieces to Cuban salon songs to a contemporary work in which she acted as both singer and percussionist"
(All about the Arts, Music Notes)
From Latin America, with Love Recital Review
"Miss Villareal performed with authority and sobriety, changing vocal colors as needed. Once more she opened up her voice to full capacity at climatic moments and pulled it back to a most effective mezza-voce."
(Music Notes by Rafael de Acha)