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The greatest impact of this Rusalka was in the title role, Rachel Willis-Sørensen sang brilliantly, her large, dark-hued soprano registering with dramatic urgency.
(Role debut as Rusalka at San Francisco Opera)
...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.
American soprano Rachel Willis-Sorensen looked and sounded perfect in the title role. Her range is remarkably even, recalling the sound of an earlier SFO Rusalka, Renee Fleming. She brought heartache to her plight, and sang the score's big hit, "Song to the Moon" in Act I, flawlessly.
Bay Area Reporter
Both vocally and instrumentally, this was a high-class performance. Rachel Willis-Sørensen, in her role debut, became more and more confident as the evening passed, even if her acting occasionally had a studied quality. She sang gloriously, with poignancy and resolve, especially in her lower register. The pinnacle of her rendition was not the famous “Song to the moon”
In the title-role, Rachel Willis-Sørensen, with a creamy rich soprano, sings powerfully and poignantly. Her rendition of the famous “Song to the Moon” combined beautiful tone with great lyrical intensity.
Just 35, Willis-Sørensen is an exceptional Rusalka.
Her bright, easy tone soars above Dvorak’s lush orchestral writing and she is perfectly heartbreaking in the conclusion to this work.
Out West Arts