Blind since birth, mezzo-soprano LAURIE RUBIN recently received high praise from 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." 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. Ms. Rubin has performed concerts of new music with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and has performed numerous roles, including the lead role of Karen in The Rat Land by Gordon Beeferman with New York City Opera, Penelope in Monteverdi's The Return of Ulysses, and the title role in Rossini's La Cenerentola. She has recorded a CD of art songs with renowned collaborative pianists Graham Johnson and David Wilkinson on the Opera Omnia label. She is co-founder and associate artistic director of Ohana Arts, a performing arts school and festival in Hawaii. She also designs her own line of handmade jewelry, The LR Look.