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Laurie Rubin


Mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin received high praise from The New York Times chief classical music critic Anthony Tommasini who wrote she possesses “compelling artistry,” “communicative power,” and that her voice displays “earthy, rich, and poignant qualities.” The Los Angeles Times special critic Josef Woodard wrote Rubin gives a “charismatic, multi-textured performance,” and “Rubin seems to have an especially acute intuition about the power and subtleties of sound and she was a compelling force at the center of the music.”

Recent career highlights include her United Kingdom solo recital debut performance at Wigmore Hall in London as well as her solo recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has performed Berlioz’ Les Nuit d’ete with the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor with the Yale Symphony Orchestra, Haydn’s Harmonie Mass with the Oakland East Bay Symphony and in Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 under the baton of John Williams. She has also performed a benefit concert of duets with opera star Frederica von Stade, a benefit performance with Marvin Hamlisch, concerts in both the Terrace Theater and the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center and The White House in Washington, DC.

Rubin has performed a number of roles including the title role in Rossini’s La cenerentola, the lead role of Karen in Gordon Beeferman’s The Rat Land with the New York City Opera, and Penelope in Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses in the Greenwich Music Festival. She has also performed concerts of new music with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She has collaborated with and premiered works by composers John Harbison, Gabriela Lena Frank, Bruce Adolphe, Keeril Makan, Noam Sivan and Gordon Beeferman.

Rubin is a co-founder and co-artistic director of Musiqe à la Mode Chamber Music Ensemble which has a concert series in the East Village of Manhattan. She is one of the founding members of Callisto Ascending Baroque Ensemble which has performed concerts at Lincoln Center. She is also co-founder and associate artistic director of Ohana Arts, a performing arts festival and school in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Rubin has recorded a CD of art songs by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, Brahms, Hahn, Bizet, Copland, Rorem, Harbison and some beloved Yiddish songs with renowned pianist Graham Johnson and David Wilkinson on the Opera Omnia label. Her second recording, Do You Dream In Color? was released on the Bridge Records label in 2011. She is also a featured artist on a recording of works by composer Keeril Makan released on the Starkland label.

Rubin is a graduate of Oberlin College and earned a Master of Music degree at Yale. Blind since birth she authored Do You Dream in Color? Insights from a Girl Without Sight (Seven Stories Press).

Laurie  Rubin

photo Jonathan Barkat

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