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Rachel Willis Sorensen Bio
American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen is known for her diverse repertoire ranging from Mozart to Wagner. A regular guest at the leading opera houses around the world, her voice has been hailed as having a “carmel tone” that is “as lyrical as she is luminous.”
Her 2018/19 season’s opera engagements include her role debut as Leonora (Il Trovatore) at the Teatro Regio, Hélène (Les Vêpres siciliennes) at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Rosalinda in J. Strauss’s (Die Fledermaus) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at the Metropolitan Opera, and her role debut as the title role in Rusalka at the San Francisco Opera.
Her 2017/18 season’s opera engagements included Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier) and Eva (Die Meistersinger) at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Elsa (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 (Fidelio) with the Accademia Santa Cecilia and Antonio Pappano, and Freia in semi-staged performances of Das Rheingold with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Alan Gilbert.
Rachel was a member of the ensemble at the Dresdner Semperoper for three years, where she sang the title role in (Die Lustige Witwe), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito), Elettra (Idomeneo), Diemut (Feuersnot), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) and Mimi (La bohème).
She 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 an alumna of the Houston Grand Opera Studio.
Dr. Stephen Beus Bio
Dr. Beus was born and raised on a farm in eastern Washington. He began piano lessons at age five and made his orchestral debut four years later. He holds degrees from Whitman College, The Juilliard School, and Stony Brook University. His teachers have included Leonard Richter, Robert McDonald, Gilbert Kalish, Christina Dahl, and Paulette Richards. He has recorded on Endeavor Classics, Harmonia Mundi, and Centaur Records labels and is a Steinway artist. In the space of four months, Stephen Beus won first prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, the Vendome Prize International Competition in Lisbon, and was awarded the Max I. Allen Fellowship of the American Pianists Association in Indianapolis. Reviews have described Stephen as “Mesmerizing..Explosive..Intelligent” and have stated that “he belongs on the world stage.”
DMA, Stony Brook University