Rachel Willis-Sørensen on singing Rosalinde, Desdemona, and Donna Anna

July 30, 2022, 4:00 pm

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Rachel Willis-Sørensen (Photo: Olivia Kahler)

Rachel Willis-Sørensen is an artist with the technique to triumph in the most demanding music for her voice type, while deploying gorgeous tone and finding the emotional truth in her characterizations. And, as you will hear, she is an affable, down-to-earth artist with a great sense of humor. For Chicago audiences, Willis-Sørensen reprises the punishing role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni next month at Ravinia Festival; and will return to Lyric Opera for Verdi’s Don Carlos in the fall.

Watch a performance of Rachel Willis-Sørensen singing Donna Anna’s rage aria “Or sai chi l’onore” below.


Playlist

All selections feature soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen with the Teatro Carlo Felice Orchestra of Genoa conducted by Frédéric Chaslin from the new album Rachel (Sony 19439968352) unless otherwise noted.

Giuseppe Verdi: “Sempre libera” from La Traviata
with Giovanni Sala, tenor

Antonín Dvořák: “Mesícku na nebi hlubokém” (Song to the Moon) from Rusalka

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “Or sai chi l’onore” from Don Giovanni

Verdi: “Tacea la notte placida…Di tale amor” from Il trovatore
with Olivia Kahler, soprano

Giacomo Puccini: “O soave fanciulla” from La bohème
with Jonas Kaufmann, tenor

Johann Strauss, Jr.: “Dieser Anstand, so manierlich” (Watch Duet) from Die Fledermaus
with Jonas Kaufmann, tenor
Vienna Philharmonic
Adam Fischer, conductor
Jonas Kaufmann: Wien
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Verdi: “Mia madre aveva una povera ancella…Piangea cantando nell’erma landa” (Willow Song) and “Ave Maria” from Otello
with Olivia Kahler, soprano