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)

Opera News

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. Her Act I song to the moon, distinguished by secure top notes, was more forceful than plaintive, and in each new scene, she revealed layers of psychological and emotional complexity. Her Act II appearance in the Prince’s palace – rendered mute by her pact with Jezibaba and looking decidedly shackled in the world of the court – captured in elegant movement of the pathos of a character removed from her natural environment into an essentially hostile one. Act III found her summoning deeper reserves of strength and power.