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Do You Dream in Color? Insights from a girl without sight
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Laurie Rubin is a rising star in opera–an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano who happens to be blind and gay. In her new memoir, Do You Dream in Color? (Seven Stories Press), she explores the biases and fears we all harbor about those we perceive to be different within a life-story rich in detail and an inspiration to readers of all ages. Frederica von Stade says “Do You Dream in Color? shows the same clarity, honesty, and devotion that Laurie has always had with her art. A wonderful book.”
Laurie is not only a brave world-traveler, an amazing singer with stellar reviews in the New York Times, LA Times and around the world, but she is also young and charismatic, a jewelry designer, and a dreamer in color. Growing up blind, Laurie often wondered what it was like to fit in. Midsentence she might discover that her “friends” had quietly slipped away. And while they bopped to pop, Laurie, with perfect pitch, was mesmerized by opera and was singing publicly by age 12. When Laurie finally did find her crowd in the music world (at camp, at Oberlin Conservatory, and at Yale graduate school), an opera director would not cast her for fear she would fall off the stage.
A lifetime of unintentional discrimination—of assumptions being made about what she could and could not do—and a child’s innocent question that became the book’s title, prompted Laurie to write about her life. We all have traits that make us something other than “normal,” Rubin believes, but for the strong and persistent dreams can overcome any barrier.
Come hear Laurie talk about her life and her successes on stages all over the world, and occasionally break into song!