Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

What a Mezzo: Life Hasn't Been Easy for Blind Opera Singer Laurie Rubin, but She's Got the Fortitude to Power Through

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

What a Mezzo: Life Hasn't Been Easy for Blind Opera Singer Laurie Rubin, but She's Got the Fortitude to Power Through

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The mezzo-soprano, says opera singer Laurie Rubin, is "the soprano with balls." She giggles as she explains that mezzo-sopranos like her don't get to play the pretty young girl or even the damsel in distress with the "juicy, sad arias that make you cry." Instead, the mezzos are cast in opera's more unconventional roles: the old lady, the pageboy, the so-called pants roles. But Rubin, a blind Jewish lesbian opera singer, says that kind of typecasting just makes her line of work all the more interesting.

Rubin, 34, who has been blind since birth, lets that optimistic outlook shine through in her new memoir, Do You Dream in Color? Insights From a Girl Without Sight--and it radiates through the phone from her home in Honolulu, where she and her partner, Jenny Taira, run Ohana Arts, a performing arts camp for musically gifted children.

She developed a love of music in childhood via some rather disparate sources: Kenny Loggins and her grandparents' favorite operas. Her parents pushed to assure that she excelled academically, became independent, and pursued her musical passions. This led to a residency at the esteemed Tanglewood program for musically gifted students in Massachusetts, a bachelor's degree at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, and a master's degree at Yale University School of Music. …

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