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With authenticity and optimism to success: Rachel Willis-Sørensen
Ihr erstes Engagement führte sie an die Semperoper. Mittlerweile pendelt sie zwischen den Musikmetropolen. Über Jonas Kaufmann, schlechte Regieeinfälle und die Freude am Tschechischen sprach sie mit Grit Schulze.
Verdi is certainly, if not my absolute favorite, then somehow among the top two favorite composers to sing.
“Rachel Willis-Sørensen sang the part of Desdemona beautifully, showcasing a beautiful rich voice, an immaculate technique, a well-balanced tone and no hard edges. Her committed acting as the dutiful loving wife created palpable tension as we wait for the inevitable.”
Stage and Cinema
“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
“Mme. Willis-Sørensen brings a full-bodied, mature voice to Desdemona (she sings the big Mozart heroines in Munich and Vienna), and consummate artistry in her delivery.”
“As Desdemona, Rachel Willis-Sørensen intriguingly mixed contradictory traits of character. An unbroken serenity and sheen characterize her voice, which complemented our understanding of Desdemona’s purity, but Willis-Sørensen also brought welcome maturity to the character… Both the Willow song and Ave Maria were drenched in pathos, which intensified the agony of the deaths at the end.”