Latter-day Saint singer wins at Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

By her reckoning, opera soprano Rachel Willis-Sorensen has some praying to do.

A world of opportunity awaits Sister Willis-Sorensen, a 25-year-old returned missionary and BYU graduate, in the wake of her stunning victory at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions earlier this month.

In addition to netting her $15,000, the win at the Met's annual contest seeking to identify the best up-and-coming operatic talent caused myriad doors to swing open for her professional future.

"It doesn't seem real, no," she said during a recent interview with Church News. "I was on the cover of the Arts section of the New York Times. People have been so congratulatory, asked me what I'm going to do with the money … it's pretty weird."

Sister Willis-Sorensen now must make a life-defining decision about whether to pursue her promising career in Europe or the United States. Add into the mix that her husband Rasmus Sorensen is a Dane who will soon be eligible for American citizenship, and it's easy to understand why she's actively soliciting spiritual guidance from Heavenly Father right about now.

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