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LDS Mom, Opera Singer Talks Faith, Family During Met Debut

Rachel Willis-Sørensen vividly recalls praying backstage during the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions four years ago that she would someday be invited to sing again in that magnificent hall.

The soprano, a native of Richland, Washington, and a BYU graduate with a master’s in vocal performance, was named one of five equal winners of that competition in March 2010, after a disappointing “learning experience” in the 2008 finals. With a lot of hard work and prayer, she said, she was much better prepared the second time.

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