2018–19 Season: Title role, Rusalka
American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen has won acclaim internationally in a vast repertoire spanning from Donna Anna in Don Giovanni to Leonora in Il Trovatore, and Elsa in Lohengrin to the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier. A regular guest at leading opera houses around the world, she made her San Francisco Opera debut as Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in 2015 and she returns to the Company this summer, making her role debut as Rusalka.
Willis-Sørensen began the current season with her role and Italian stage debut as Leonora in Il Trovatore at the Teatro Regio di Torino. Her season continued in Germany, returning to the Bavarian State Opera as Hélène in Les Vêpres Siciliennes and Semperoper Dresden as Rosalinde in concert performances of Die Fledermaus. She also made her stage debut in the same role at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. She returns to the United States for the second half of her season, appearing as Donna Anna at the Metropolitan Opera. She makes another Dvořák role debut as the soprano soloist in Stabat Mater with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In upcoming seasons she will take on many new roles, including the title role of Handel's Alcina, Violetta Valéry in La Traviata, Valentine in Les Huguenots, Elisabetta di Valois in Don Carlos, and Marguerite in Faust.
A graduate of the Houston Opera Studio, Willis-Sørensen is a winner of the 2014 Operalia competition in Los Angeles, the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.