Laine Rettmer is the resident stage director for LoftOpera, a New York based company that creates full-scale classical operas with immersive and contemporary stagings. Rettmer's first production with LoftOpera in 2014, La Boheme, played a sold out run and was called, "Triumphant... a performance as true and moving as any I can remember in 40 years of opera-going," by the New York Observer. Her recent Barber of Seville, made the New York Times’ top-ten funniest, classical music productions list of 2014, and her staging of the main dramatic relationship was called, “Fresh… This Rosina doesn’t wait for her lover to reveal himself as Count Almaviva and rescue her: The woman he proposes to in the end is fully emancipated, no thanks to anyone else,” also by the New York Times. This spring, she directed Lucrezia Borgia and Pedr Solis, a new opera by Per Bloland for Guerilla Opera. New York Times said of Lucrezia, "Ms. Rettmer evokes a world in which sex, power and violence have always been indistinguishable.” Past associate directing credits include Powder Her Face, for the last season of New York City Opera at BAM and its Canadian tour and Evan Ziporyn’s opera A House In Bali, which opened at the Berkley Rep and toured to Boston and BAM. She is a graduate of TISCH School of the Arts, with a BFA in stage direction. This upcoming season, Rettmer directs The Rape of Lucretia with LoftOpera and Switch, a new opera for Ecce Ensemble at La Labretoire gallery, which will combine installation and opera.