As Agathe, Rachel Willis-Sorenson revealed a voice of immense potential: creamy, capacious, clear and tender.

Anna Picard, The Times

“Rachel Willis-Sørensen brings an incisive soprano to pouty Eva”

Erica Jeal, The Guardian

“In a house-role debut as Eva, Rachel Willis-Sørenson’s playful spirit and radiant lyric soprano cast a benediction on the Act Three quintet.”

Allan Ulrich, The Financial Times

"Søorensen — 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
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Biography

Soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen won first prize at the 2014 Operalia competition in Los Angeles and at the 2011 Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, and she was a winner of the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Brigham Young University and is an alumna of the Houston Grand Opera Studio.

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Upcoming Performances

This season's opera engagements include Marschallin (in Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier) and Eva (in Wagner's Die Meistersinger) at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Elsa (in Wagner’s Lohengrin) at Opernhaus Zürich.

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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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