Mexican mezzo-soprano Paulina Villarreal is establishing a career as a prominent recitalist, cabaret, operatic, and musical theater singer throughout 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, will join Opera Saratoga as an Apprentice Artist in 2018, performing the role of Vera Boronel in The Consul (Menotti) and Grisette in The Merry Widow (Lehar). In past seasons, she has been a Young Artist at Cincinnati Opera, Opera Fusion: New Works, and a voice fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. Ms. Villarreal is also the founder and artistic director of the annual concert series Cantos para Hermanar al Mundo, hosted in Northern Mexico.  

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 realms of opera and oratorio, 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 Il 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.