“Who am I?” “Where do I fit in?” These are just two of the many questions that Laurie Rubin tackles in her memoir, as she recounts experiences spanning from childhood through the rise of her opera career.
Artist: Laurie Rubin
Mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin concertizes internationally, having given recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, in Bucharest and Brasov Romania, and Carnegie Hall. Recent career highlights include her debut with the LA Chamber Orchestra, a debut recital at the Ravinia Festival, and a concert and book tour of the United States following the publication of her memoir, Do You Dream in Color? Insights from a Girl Without Sight. Laurie has performed the role of the witch/voice in Lisa Bielawa’s episodic TV opera, Vireo, Elle in Poulenc’s La Voix Humane, Karen in Gordon Beeferman’s, The Rat Land, Penelope in Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses, and the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola.
Laurie is also sought after as a motivational speaker, having recently given a talk at the TEDMED Conference, the Delta Gamma Fraternity’s National Convention and the Utah Valley University Student Senate Series, where she shared her experiences as a blind artist and addressed issues of bullying and self-identity.
Laurie joined composer Jenny Taira to form the pop duo, PureLand, performing original music with folk, pop and classical influences. She is also one of the cofounders of Ohana Arts, a nonprofit performing arts program, serving students ages 6-18. She served as lyricist and co-bookwriter for the groundbreaking new musical, Peace On Your Wings, based on the story of Sadako Sasaki and her thousand paper cranes which has toured the islands of Hawaii, Los Angeles, and New York.
Born blind, Laurie Rubin endured bullying and hostility on her road to becoming an opera singer. Now, she has much to teach us about embracing those who seem different.