2018–19 Season: Title role of Rusalka
Soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2015 as Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Recent engagements include the Marshallin (Der Rosenkavalier) and Eva at Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Leonore (Fidelio) with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at the Vienna State Opera. A winner of the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Willis-Sørensen is also the recipient of the 2011 Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competitions, a 2014 Richard Tucker Award, and first prize in the 2014 Operalia Competition. As a member of the ensemble with the Dresden Semperoper, Willis-Sørensen’s roles include the title role of Die Lustige Witwe, Mimì (La Bohème), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Rachel (La Juive), and Diemut (R. Strauss’ Feuersnot), among others. Her engagements in the 2017–18 season encompass Elsa (Lohengrin) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Countess Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) at the Metropolitan Opera, and Donna Anna at Covent Garden. Concert performances include Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and conductor Antonio Pappano and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Daniel Harding.