Donna Anna, Rachel Willis-Sørensen essayed a truly powerful interpretation. From the opening notes to the very end of the opera, her performance was marked by tremendous vocal confidence with arguably the most challenging role in the opera.

New York Classical Review

Soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen brought a sumptuous voice and willowy stage presence to her role debut as Rusalka...

San Francisco Examiner

…she possesses a remarkable and intelligent musicality, never forcing the voice. She sang with beautiful dynamic variety and meticulous phrasing – her palpating and heartfelt ‘D’amor sull’ali rosee’ earned her prolonged and well-deserved applause.

Opera Magazine

The light of Willis-Sørenson’s voice was never lost thanks to its expressive, limpid tone and ability to float above even the loudest and thickest passages.

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American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen is known for her diverse repertoire ranging from Mozart to Wagner. A regular guest at the leading opera houses around the world, her voice has been hailed as having a “carmel tone” that is “as lyrical as she is luminous.”

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Upcoming Performances

This season's opera engagements include Leonora (Verdi's Il Trovatore) in Torino, Roselinde (Die Fledermaus) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the Semperoper Dresden, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at the Metropolitan Opera, and a role debut in the title role in Rusalka at the San Francisco Opera.

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“Rachel Willis-Sorensen … rose to her big arias beautifully.”

James R Oestreich, New York Times, 29 February 2016

"Sørensen — a statuesque blond wearing a bright red gown who had to overcome what is often a liability of being chosen as the first singer in the final round — was equally opulent in her Zarzuela aria, Tres horas antes del dia from Frederico Moreno Torroba’s La Marchenera."

Robert D. Thomas, Class Act

"Rachel Willis-Sorensen makes a striking Eva"

George Hall, The Stage, 12 March 2017

Soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen was radiant in her SFO debut as Eva, the burgher’s daughter who falls in love with Walther, but also has a soft spot for the kindhearted Sachs. Willis-Sorensen’s precise, ample voice suited the role quite well, including in her key aria “O Sachs mein Freund.

James Ambroff-Tahan, SF Examiner
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