The Reverend Nancy Norman will conduct the services at 9:25 and 11 a.m. There will be special music and singing for the season, with Music Director Karl Van Richards, Soloist Daniel Cochran, special guest trumpeters, and special guests, soprano Cynthia Makris and Finnish tenor Raimo Sirkiä.
CYNTHIA MAKRIS has achieved an international reputation for her interpretations of some of opera literature's most interesting and challenging heroines. Her present repertoire has at its core the dramatic roles of the Italian repertoire, such as Puccini's Turandot, Tosca, and Minnie, Verdi's Lady Macbeth and Abigaille, as well as Richard Strauss' Elektra and Salome.
Cynthia Makris' name is closely associated with Salome, which she has sung all over the world, including productions in Berlin, Tokyo, Strasbourg, Lisbon, Munich, the Australian Opera, the Scottish Opera, Hannover, Stuttgart, Helsinki, Philadelphia, and Rio de Janeiro.
Cynthia Makris´ portrayal of Lady Macbeth at the Savonlinna Opera Festival brought her international acclaim. Lady Macbeth was the role with which she made her debuts at La Scala and at the Teatro Colón. Her Covent Garden debut was as Abigaille.
RAIMO SIRKIÄ Finnish tenor Raimo Sirkiä is one of the most interesting dramatic tenors on the international scene. His powerful, warm-timbred voice lends itself equally well to Verdi's Otello and Radames as to Wagner's Tannhäuser, Tristan, and Lohengrin.
He has been a musician since his fourth year of life, when he began playing the accordion. He was the Finnish national champion four years in succession and went on to master several other instruments.
Mr. Sirkiä studied voice at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. In 1981 he won the Timo Mustakallio Voice Competition and entered his first opera house engagement in Kiel, Germany. Here his lyric tenor repertoire widened to include Italian spinto tenor roles.
Engagements at the Dortmund City Opera (1985-1991) and at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (1991-96) gave him the opportunity to add all the major Italian roles, including Otello, which he has sung all over Europe, as well his first Wagner roles, Erik, Parsifal, Walter von Stolzing, and Tristan.
Since 1990 Raimo Sirkiä has also been a member of the ensemble of the Finnish National Opera. Notable among his roles in his home theatre were Otello, a televised Don Carlos, and Siegmund in Gõtz Friedrich's production of the Ring.
Mr. Sirkiä is a frequent concert guest with the major orchestras of Scandinavia and has recorded several complete operas, symphonies, as well as numerous solo recordings and complete operas on video.
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About Unity of Delray Beach:
Unity of Delray Beach is a non-denominational church welcoming visitors and guests of all faiths to join in all of the activities offered.
• No admission charge to any events; a free will love offering is collected
• Reservations are not usually required.
• A 24 hour prayer line for inspiration and to receive your prayers: 561-900-
• Weekly Wisdom Inspirational Messages: www.nancynorman.net
• Church website with audio Sunday services: www.unityofdelraybeach.org
Classes at times require books or supplies, which will be announced.
Unity of Delray Beach is in Delray Beach, Florida, and is located between Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale on the northwest corner of 101 NW 22nd St. at Swinton Ave., 22 blocks north of Atlantic Avenue.
For more information call the church office Mon. through Thurs., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 561-276-5796