Soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen won first prize 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.
Rachel was a member of the ensemble at the Dresdner Semperoper for three years, where she sang the title role in Lehár Die Lustige Witwe, Fiordiligi (Mozart Così fan tutte), Vitellia (Mozart La clemenza di Tito), Elettra (Mozart Idomeneo), Diemut (Strauss Feuersnot), Rosalinde (Strauss Die Fledermaus) and Mimi (Puccini La Bohème).
This season’s opera engagements include Marschallin (Strauss Der Rosenkavalier) and Eva (Wagner Die Meistersinger) at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Elsa (Wagner Lohengrin) for Zurich Opera. Her concert engagements include Countess in Le nozze di Figraro and Strauss Four Last Songs with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Edo de Waart, Leonora in Beethoven Fidelio with the Accademia Santa Cecilia and Antonio Pappano, and Freia in semi-staged performances of Wagner Das Rheingold with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Alan Gilbert.