/ Critical Acclaim

“The cast was a dream. Rachel Willis-Sørensen as Desdemona has the perfect spinto voice: she is able to produce a clear, chiming sound with delicate top notes while lending a darker quality to the lower registers. She exhibited a refinement in her acting and singing that felt innate and authentic. The famed ‘Willow Song’ brought me to tears: with subtlety and beauty, she expanded on the personal tragedy of Desdemona to make the universality of Verdi’s rumination on mortality feel immediate.”

Seen and Heard International
/ Critical Acclaim

“...the internationally recognized soprano, who is making her LA Opera debut, makes it look effortless, radiating with each lush note she smoothly belts out. When her Desdemona is besieged by furious accusations from her suspecting husband (“Terrified, I Face Your Dreadful Look”), is rendered virtually helpless (“Fallen! Yes, in the Foul Mud…”), or plaintively recalls earlier memories of her mother’s servant Barbara via the 'Willow Song', Willis-Sørensen is decidedly intentional with her vocal choices, each note resonating with rawness.”

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