IlluminArts and Vizcaya present
The Turn of the Screw
October 28 & 31, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
See Vizcaya in a new light as IlluminArts presents Benjamin Britten’s gothic masterpiece, The Turn of the Screw. Watch the courtyard of the Main House transform in this unique multimedia experience that draws the audience into the opera’s chilling plot.
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.
Past New World Symphony fellow and Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, Joshua Gersen conducts the musicians of Nu Deco Ensemble and a stellar cast led by 2019 GRAMMY award winner Karim Sulayman as Peter Quint. Luminous soprano Christine Lyons shines as the Governess with Jaye Simmons, former National YoungArts finalist, in the role of Flora.
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Indoor Courtyard: $20
Indoor Balcony: $25
Outdoor Streaming: $10
The Turn of the Screw will have two performances, on October 28 & 31, 2021, both at 7 pm.
** doors open at 6:00 p.m.; performance starts at 7:00 p.m. **
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.
An artist of impeccable musical credentials, Joshua Gersen is widely respected as an engaging and inspiring conductor, able to communicate effortlessly with both young and established orchestras internationally. A native of the New York area, he recently concluded his tenure as the Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic.
A respected composer as well as conductor, he is a champion of contemporary music and was Principal Conductor of the Ojai Music Festival in 2013, where he led numerous performances by celebrated American composers such as Lou Harrison and John Luther Adams. He also remains passionate about the core classical repertoire, in particular the German and Russian masters, as well as the classic American composers, including Copland, Gershwin, Barber and Bernstein.
Joshua has enjoyed a very successful relationship with the New World Symphony and since his conducting debut with the San Francisco Symphony has been invited back numerous times to conduct a variety of concerts.
International pianist and educator Jeremy Reger maintains an active performing, teaching, and coaching career. He recently returned from São Paulo, Brazil, where he was the principal pianist and vocal coach for the Brazilian premiere of Samuel Barber’s “Vanessa.” He has served on the music staff of Virginia Opera, Eugene Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, Mill City Opera, Central City Opera, Minnesota Opera, Skylark Opera and Aspen Opera Theater. He is an associate professor of vocal coaching at CU Boulder. He has also taught at the Music Academy of the West, Christopher Newport University, the Opera Studio of Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, and at the Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University.
A strong advocate of new opera, Reger has participated in workshops of new opera by composers such as Jake Heggie, Tom Cipullo, Ricky Ian Gordon, Kevin Putz, and Mark Adamo. Reger maintains an active opera coaching studio throughout the United States and South America. He has a doctorate from the University of Michigan, studying under Martin Katz.
Lebanese-American tenor Karim Sulayman has garnered international attention as a sophisticated and versatile artist, consistently praised for his sensitive and intelligent musicianship, riveting stage presence, and beautiful voice. A 2019 GRAMMY® Award-winner, he regularly performs on the world’s stages in orchestral concerts and opera, as well as in recital and chamber music.
His diverse performing career has included roles with the Drottningholms Slottsteater in Stockholm, Houston Grand Opera, Florentine Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theater and New York City Opera; orchestral appearances with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, and National Symphony Orchestras and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra; and engagements at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, International Bach Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival.
CHRISTINE LYONS [she/her] is a critically acclaimed soprano who has been hailed a “true virtuosa” by Broadway World, exclaimed a “revelation” by Gay City News, and praised for her “potent soprano” by Opera Magazine. Lyons has performed leading opera roles at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall, and most recently starred as Bellini’s Norma at Winter Opera St. Louis, Bellini’s La Straniera at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Verdi’s Leonora in Il Trovatore at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Baltimore Concert Opera. In 2022, Lyons will make an exciting role debut as the title role in Handel's iconic Agrippina with Florida Grand Opera.
In 2021, Lyons opens The Shed in New York with Kelsey Lu’s opera This is a Test, re-joins Will Crutchfield for Teatro Nuovo’s The Complete Recordings of Giuseppe Verdi, and returns to Baltimore Concert Opera, Maryland Opera, Lyric Fest, and Mohonk Mountain for concerts. In 2020, Lyons performed for Teatro Nuovo's Bel Canto in 30 Minutes and gave several Artist Talks on operatic preparation, career development, and equity in opera. Other engagements of the 2019-20 season were to include the title role in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble.
Soprano, Michelle Trainor, is a Boston-based singer who specializes in opera, oratorio and art song. Opera News hailed that “Michelle Trainor gave one of the most satisfying performances of the evening . . . her voice is richer and more expressive than ever” for her portrayal of Brangain in Boston Lyric Opera’s The Love Potion. The Musical Intelligencer has called Michelle Trainor, the kind of classic opera soprano whose glorious, powerful sound raises every hair on your body and makes you melt at the wonder of the human voice” for her performance of Isolde’s Liebestod.
Mezzo-soprano Katherine Pracht’s recent engagements included Stravinsky's Requiem Canticles with Leon Botstein and The Orchestra NOW as well as the role of Dunyasha in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride at The Bard Festival. She reprised Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with the York Symphony, and sang role debuts with Madison Opera as Charlotte in A Little Night Music and Ottavia in Florentine Opera’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea. Performances in the 2019-2020 season include the role of Kate Julian in Britten’s Owen Wingrave with the Little Opera Theater of New York, Linette in Opera Philadelphia‘s The Love for Three Oranges, soloist in Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light with the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the York Symphony.
Jaye Simmons is from Baltimore, Maryland. She is an undergraduate soprano in the studio of Amy Burton. Ms. Simmons was a soloist in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and has performed with conductor/composer John Williams and the Boston Pops. Jaye was a featured soloist at The Kennedy Center and has been a part of the cast of Hairspray as Little Inez with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerhoff and Strathmore. She attended CLA France with Glenn Morton where she gave eight concerts and participated in a masterclass with conductor Gaspard Brecourt and tenor Stéphane Sénéchal. She has been apart of NYFOS Berlin as well as NYFOS Cubans in Paris, both curated by artistic director and founder Steven Blier. In February 2020, she performed the role of Angel More in Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All, which was a collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The New York Philharmonic’s Project 19.
Elijah McCormack, male soprano, has recently caught attention for his “powerful soprano” (Dallas Morning News) and “luminosity” of tone (Washington Post). He most recently appeared as soprano soloist in the Washington Bach Consort's Christmas Oratorio and the Dallas Bach Society's St. John Passion. Recently, he appeared as a young artist at the American Bach Soloists Academy, where he performed works by Handel, Lotti, and Bach, most notably the role of Erato in Handel's Terpsicore; he was also featured as a young artist at the Boston Early Music Festival, where he sang works by Agostino Steffani. He has received a Judges' Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and at the Connecticut Heida Hermanns Competition, and most recently performed as one of 12 semifinalists in Le Poéme Harmonique's Corneille Competition in Rouen, France. He completed his Master's degree in voice at Indiana University's Historical Performance Institute in May 2019, where he studied with Steven Rickards.