Postponed - New Date: May 24

Verdi Vincitor!

Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Congregation Ahavas Achim

84 Hastings Ave., Keene, NH

This concert will set the stage for our full-scale production of Aïda. Giuseppe Verdi’s life was one of both joy and heartache.  From his musical triumphs, to the births of his children, to the loss of his family to illnesses, there was no emotion that Verdi did not experience fully.  These experiences were the fires that forged 19th Century Italy’s greatest musical talent.  Join us on a musical exploration of Italy’s towering genius of opera. Verdi Vincitor! will explore the Italian master’s compositional evolution, surveying a vast swath of repertoire.


Marsha Ackerman (mezzo-soprano)

Raylynmor Debut: Soloist in Shakespeare Goes to the Opera

Other Raylynmor Performances: Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus; Julia Child in Bon Appétit!; The Witch in Hansel and Gretel.


She resides with her husband and two sons in Woodbridge, CT.

Marsha has been described as, “a standout among soloists, a real Verdi voice.”

“A very promising mezzo-soprano [who] unfurled a voice of large, bright tone,” according to the Boston Globe, she has appeared with the Boston Lyric Opera in productions of The Abduction from the Seraglio, l’Elisir d’Amore, La Boheme, The Marriage of Figaro, Un Ballo in Maschera, Madama Butterfly, Eugene Onegin, and Thaïs, and has collaborated with such notable conductors as Julius Rudel, Keith Lockhart, Stephen Lord, Benjamin Zander, and Michael Cordovana.

Favorite Opera: Don Carlos (but this changes regularly depending on her mood)

Leah Brzyski (soprano)

Raylynmor Debut: Verdi Vincitor! Soloist

Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI

Recent Performances:

     Cinderella-Cendrillon (Viardot)

     Opera Ithaca Norina-Don Pasquale (Donizetti) Bel Cantanti Opera

Upcoming Performance: Beijing Modern Music Festival Soloist

Favorite Opera: Cendrillon (Massenet)

Taicheng Li (tenor)

 Raylynmor Debut: Verdi Vincitor! Soloist

Hometown: Laiyang, China

Recent Performance: 

     The Narrator in Teen Party Massacre at St. Luck Theater

     Ruggero in La rondine at Theater Wit 

Upcoming Performance: Manfredo in I Vespri Sicilian, New Amsterdam Opera

Favorite Opera: Die Zauberflöte & L'elisir d'amore

Andy Papas (baritone)

Raylynmor Debut: Ko-Ko in The Mikado

Hometown: Winchester, MA

Recent Performances:

     Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville, Anchorage Opera

     Mr. Bumble in Oliver! , New Repertory Theater of Boston

Upcoming Performance: Title role in Don Pasquale, Pacific Northwest Opera

Favorite Opera: Turandot


Vladimir Odinikikh (accompanist)

Vladimir Odinokikh began lessons at an early age and received training at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Gnessin Institute of Moscow where he earned both Bachelors and Masters degrees, also the Artist Diploma.  In the earlier years of his career, he participated and won prizes in numerous collaborative competitions including the Tchaikovsky, David Oistrach, and Henry Schering competitions; also the Russia National Competition and Chamber Music Competition of Soviet Composers.


Sought out for his collaborative expertise and sight-reading ability, Vladimir also participated in the first Rachmaninov International Piano Competition, The International Ponce-Scriabin Festival, and the first Bach Festival in Peru, as well as the Isadora Duncan Festival in London, England.


Prior to coming to the US, Mr. Odinokikh performed for over a decade with Rosconcert and the Moscow Philharmonic organization, and has concertized in the concert halls of Europe and South America. He premiered works by noted composer Alfred Schnittke, and recorded for radio and television in the former USSR, Mexico and, later, in the United States.


In addition to current college appointments with Keene State College, as collaborative pianist, and Franklin Pierce University as piano teacher, Mr. Odinokikh has taught at the Ippolitov-Ivanov College of Music in Moscow, the Alicia Urreta Center for the Arts in Mexico City and the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelios, Mexico.


Several of Vladimir’s students have won competitions, including Keene’s Miles Walter.


More Recently, Mr. Odinokikh has served as a Faculty Artist for Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music and has been a featured soloist on several occasions with the Keene Chorale, where he also serves as rehearsal pianist. 


Mr. Odinokikh has worked with the Raylynmor Opera in the past as both rehearsal pianist and accompanist.  


In addition to teaching duties, Vladimir is active as collaborative pianist and concert pianist, with several concerts and master classes presented in recent years in Worcester, MA.  He has lived in the Keene area since 2001 and maintains a private teaching studio in Keene.

Raylynmor Opera is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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