Laine Rettmer and Jacomo Bairos
April 22, 2021
Join us as we introduce you to the creative team behind our eagerly awaited multimedia production of The Turn of the Screw at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Now premiering in October 2021, the chamber opera The Turn of the Screw tells the ghostly story of an old mansion with expansive gardens and the secrets behind the lives lived there.
Designed and directed by Laine Rettmer, this site-specific production weaves together live video, projections and historical photographs that intertwine the opera’s plot with the intrigue of the lives lived at Vizcaya. Laine Rettmer's productions have been praised as “wickedly smart” and “devastatingly funny” by The New York Times, and “not only profound but also shattering” by the Observer.
Jacomo Bairos is Founder and Artistic Director of Miami's own Nu Deco Ensemble, and has conducted orchestras across the US including the Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and the Boston Pops.
Meet them in this online gathering, and join us in the anticipation of bringing The Turn of the Screw to life at Vizcaya.
Portuguese-American conductor Jacomo Bairos continues to redefine what a conductor can be in the 21st century. He challenges the preconceptions of orchestral repertoire, blurs the lines of genres, and integrates the orchestra into the broader community in new, holistic, and organic ways.
A graduate of The Juilliard School, Bairos is an accomplished and award-winning tubist, having given masterclasses and concerts with major festivals and orchestras around the world. International conducting engagements include Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig and Oaxaca Symphony Orchestras, as well as Orquesta Sinfónica’s do Porto Casa da Música (Portugal). Since 2014, Bairos has worked on numerous collaborations with multi-platinum singer-songwriter Ben Folds.
Bairos is the 17th Music Director for the Amarillo Symphony, Co-Founder and Artistic Director for Miami’s Nu Deco Ensemble, and performs regularly as a guest conductor with some of the world’s finest orchestras.
Laine Rettmer is a visual artist and opera director whose work explores performance, gender and methods of social control. Her work has been presented at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Massachusetts Institute of the Art Museum, Manifesta, the Museum of Fine Art Boston, the Boston Independent Film Festival, the Yuan Art Museum, Yve Yang Gallery, Perkins and Ping, Present Company, NADA NY, NADA Presents, and AREA gallery, among others. Her opera productions have been praised as “wickedly smart” and “devastatingly funny” by The New York Times, and “not only profound but also shattering” by the Observer. Her, Barber of Seville, was named one of the top 10 classical music productions of 2014 by The New York Times and La Bohème one of the best operas of the decade by the Observer.
She is currently on the Artistic Advisory Board of OnSite Opera and the resident director for Rhymes with Opera. Recent awards include a MAP Fund grant for the collaborative opera Standby Snow: Chronicles of a Heat Wave, an Art Alliance Fellowship from HFBK Hamburg, a fellowship from the Center for Arts Design and Social Research, and residences at Skaftfell Center for Visual Arts in Iceland and the Watermill Foundation on Long Island. Rettmer teaches in the Sculpture Department at the Rhode Island School of Design and has served as Residential Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She holds a BFA in stage direction from New York University and an MFA in visual art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts.