Rachel Willis-Sorensen

Soprano Rachel Willis-Sorensen, 23, won first place in the Rocky Mountain Regional finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions on Jan. 19.

Willis-Sorensen, who lives in Provo and is studying for her music degree in vocal performance at Brigham Young University, will head to New York and compete with winners from 14 other regions in the Metropolitan Opera National Semi-finals on Feb. 17.

Ten of those singers will be chosen to compete in the National Grand Finals on Feb. 24.