SFOpera - Rachel Willis-Sørensen

Rachel Willis-Sørensen

(Richland, Washington)

2015–16 Season: Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen makes her San Francisco Opera debut as Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Recent engagements include Gutrune (Götterdämmerung) and Countess Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with Houston Grand Opera, where she is a graduate of their young artist program. A winner of the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, her other awards include winning the 2011 Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competitions, a 2014 Richard Tucker Award, and first prize in the 2014 Operalia Competition. A member of the ensemble with Dresden’s Semperoper, Willis-Sørensen’s roles with that company include the title role of Die Lustige Witwe, Mimì (La Bohème), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Rachel (La Juive) and Diemut (R. Strauss’s Feuersnot), among others. Her engagements in the 2014–15 season include Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) and Agathe (Der Freischütz) in Dresden; Fiordiligi with Houston Grand Opera; and Countess Almaviva at the Met.