M.L. Rantala – The Hyde Park Herald

“Areyzaga had many opportunities to shine and she took them firmly in hand. In a 2001 work by American composer Mark Zuckerman — “Ménagerie” — she was an apt story-teller, bringing to life poetry by Robert Desnos which Rizzer noted was beloved by French children. “Le Léopard” was enhanced by Levitin’s flute, which at first merely purred but then offered a dangerous growling sound evoking danger. Areyzaga had the wide-eyed awe of both the detached reciter as well as innocent listening child. There was a sense of quiet night with soft cat feet in the dark forest, hiding and waiting. Similarly, “Le Ver luisant” (The Glow Worm) had nocturnal effectiveness with the instrumentalists creating the twinkle of the stars while the soprano had the fragile quality of the uncertain light of the firefly.
… Areyzaga was sweet and gentle in some selected songs by Poulenc, and committed in the 1923 Suite for soprano and violin by Villa-Lobos.”
—M.L. Rantala – The Hyde Park Herald, June 10, 2015 (Soloist with the Chicago Ensemble)