2016 Premiere!

Come one, come all to our February Premiere! The gorgeous one-of-a-kind innovation venue Le Laboratoire will host the premiere! Check out this preview in BMI and a teaser for the opera here…. A great article on Le Lab and its innovative contemporary music residency And don’t forget your tickets! . . . . About Switch: […]

John Aylward; Composer, librettist

John Aylward’s music has been praised for its “brilliant energetic rhythmic figures…imaginative sonorities and harmonies that always move, always inflect” and its “zones of suspended motion and otherworldly calm” (American Academy of Arts and Letters).  Aylward’s music is frequently performed within the U.S and abroad by numerous leading ensembles and soloists. Influenced by a range […]

Laine Rettmer, Director

She is currently the resident stage director for the New York based company LoftOpera, a position she’s held for two consecutive seasons. Rettmer’s most recent production of Lucrezia Borgia played a sold out run and the New York Times said of it, “Ms. Rettmer evokes a world in which sex, power and violence have always been indistinguishable. […] […]


Mikhail Smigelski (Henry), born in St. Petersburg, Russia, has always combined his opera singling career with choral conducting. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in choral conducting from Rimsky-Korsakov Music College in 1998, he started his vocal career by first entering Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory and, subsiquently, University of Music and Dance in Cologne, Germany, where in 2012 […]


The Premiere of Switch was funded by the following supporters: Cynthia and John Reed Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser Anne Gund Joyce Linde Rick and Terry Stone Eunice and Jay Panetta Geoff Hargadon Marty Jones Charles Blyth Phil Edmondson Collaborative projects like Switch need support of all kinds, but especially the financial support of you–our interested patrons […]