Cynthia Makris

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Cynthia Makris is a soprano opera singer whose professional career has spanned nearly thirty years.

She was born 1956 in Sterling, Colorado, USA, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Music Performance from Adams State College.[1] Makris has sung major soprano roles at La Scala and the Royal Opera House, the Finnish National Opera and many other opera houses. She has performed in Europe, South America, and Asia. Her repertoire ranges from coloratura to dramatic roles including the title role in Salome by Richard Strauss.[1] For Opera Queensland she sang Abigaille in Verdi's Nabucco in 2007 and Turandot in 2008.

Makris won the Metropolitan Opera Regional award for young singers as well the San Francisco Opera Regional award two consecutive years during her graduate studies in vocal performance at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her first professional role was as Tosca with the Denver Lyric Opera Company. She received an award in 1982 from the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia for her performance of the three heroines in The Tales of Hoffmann.[2] She was Artist of the Year of the Savonlinna Opera Festival in 2006, an award for her contribution to the festival since 1993, when she sang Lady Macbeth in Ralf Långbacka (fi)'s televised production of Verdi's opera.[3][4]

Makris is a vocal teacher and an NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) practitioner as well as a life coach and a Reiki Master. She is married to Finnish tenor, Raimo Sirkiä and has a son. She lives in Florida, US, and in Helsinki, Finland.


Composer Opera Role
Italian composers
Bellini Norma Norma
Donizetti Anna Bolena Anna
Lucia di Lammermoor Lucia
Giordano Andrea Chénier Maddalena
Puccini La fanciulla del West Minnie
Madama Butterfly Cio-Cio-San
Manon Lescaut Manon
Tosca Tosca
Turandot Turandot
Verdi Aida Aida
Un ballo in maschera Amelia
Falstaff Alice
La forza del destino Leonora
Macbeth Lady Macbeth
Nabucco Abigaille
Otello Desdemona
La traviata Violetta
Il trovatore Leonora
Zandonai Francesca da Rimini Francesca
German composers
Beethoven Fidelio Leonore
Berg Lulu Lulu
Wozzeck Marie
Brand Maschinist Hopkins Nell
Richard Strauss Arabella Arabella
Ariadne auf Naxos Najade
Die Frau ohne Schatten Die Kaiserin
Der Friedenstag Maria
Elektra Elektra
Salome Salome
Wagner Der fliegende Holländer Senta
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Eva
Das Rheingold Freia
Tannhäuser Elisabeth, Venus
Weber Der Freischütz Agathe
Weill Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny Jenny
Austrian composers
Korngold Die tote Stadt Marie/Marietta
Krenek Jonny spielt auf Anita
Mozart Don Giovanni Donna Anna, Donna Elvira
Die Entführung aus dem Serail Constanze
Le nozze di Figaro La Contessa
Die Zauberflöte Pamina
Schreker Irrelohe Eva
Johann Strauss Die Fledermaus Rosalinde
Der Zigeunerbaron Saffi
French composers
Offenbach Les contes d'Hoffmann Antonia, Olympia, Giulietta
Czech composers
Smetana The Bartered Bride Marie


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