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Rachel Willis-Sørensen has a large voice, with a beautiful amber and creamy color that is well suited to the warmth of Puccini's Mimì.
Ieri, Oggi, Domani, Opera!
The soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen creates the role of Mimì very lyrically, with a warm timbre in the middle register and shining high notes.
Rachel Willis-Sørensen is not a little girl, but a young, passionate woman who can gently envelop her bewitching singing, lets it vibrate in a lively manner or idealistically empowers it.
In the first Tête à Tête, Jonas Kaufmann shows what he can do in terms of acting and vocal skill. Rachel Willis-Sørensen immediately counters this as Mimi with the same high level of singing. It ends in the duet of flaming love Tu sol comandi, amore! - Only love should command us. Very nicely sung and acted!
Rachel Willis-Sørensen is a great Mimi, who brings all her deep feelings to effect in a bewitching beauty of sound. Pure sound, dramatic, full of soft volume.
Schabel Kulture Blog
The first-rate, particularly homogeneous vocal cast is dominated by the very eloquent role debut of Rachel Willis-Sørensen (Mimi): she transmits power with nicely nuanced vocal lines, as well as with her fluidity in the "parlar cantando," length of breath, well-contained vibrato, and extended ambitus response to a Jonas Kaufmann (Rodolfo) with a somewhat dark timbre that impresses with its vocal ease in all registers, moving the fragility of its spun highs, making the duet of love a very romantic Act I, a moment of intense emotion.
...the splendor of the timbre, its resonance, the colors, the intensity, everything confirms that we are facing one of the glories of tomorrow.