Soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen (Freia) won First Prizes 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 a recent alumna of the Houston Grand Opera Studio.
She was a member of the ensemble at the Dresden Semperoper, where she sang the title role in Lehár’s The Merry Widow, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Vitellia in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Diemut in Richard Strauss’s Feuersnot, Rosalinde in J. Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus, and Mimi in Puccini’s La bohème.
Recent roles include Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at The Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Houston Grand Opera; Gutrune in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung at Royal Opera; Eva in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at San Francisco Opera; Elsa in Wagner’s Lohengrin with Deutsche Oper Berlin; and Donna Anna at the Vienna Staatsoper. This season she sings Marschallin in Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, Eva at Royal Opera, and Elsa at Zurich Opera.
Ms. Willis-Sørensen’s recent concert performances include Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, with the Dresden Staatskapelle; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orchestra della Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl; Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the Dresden Festival; and Agathe in Weber’s Der Freischütz in concert with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
This season’s concert engagements include the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro and R. Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Leonora in Beethoven’s Fidelio with the Orchestra della Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.