Aiden Kim Feltkamp (they/he) champions new opera as a trans nonbinary librettist, producer, performer, and educator.
Most recently, they’ve been appointed the first Emerging Composer and Diversity Director with the American Composers Orchestra. This spring, they hosted a panel about Gender Representation in New Opera at the New Music Gathering and participated on a panel about gender hosted by the New York Opera Alliance with Cori Ellison, Mark Adamo, Jecca Barry, Steven Osgood, and Anthony Roth Costanzo. They wrote supplemental program materials for the Æpex Contemporary Ensemble's production of As One (Laura Kaminsky) in Ann Arbor, MI.
In 2015, Aiden founded OperaRox Productions, a non-profit dedicated to serving underrepresented artists in the opera field and fostering the next generation of opera through socially relevant productions. They now serve as the Artistic Director. In the past 3 years, they've commissioned two full-length operas and four song cycles from emerging composers. Last season, ORP employed 52 opera artists.
Before beginning their medical transition, they performed as a mezzo-soprano specializing in Baroque opera and new music. Most recently, they created the role of Elizabeth in Sweets by Kateby Griffin Candeyand reprised it in the NY Premiere at the historic Stonewall Inn. They also created the role of The Old Drifter in the World Premiere of Shawn Jaeger's Payne Hollow and were the first assigned-female-at-birth performer to sing the role of The Pig in Oliver Knussen's Higglety Pigglety Pop!(as part of the award-winning The Magic Flute Redux with director Nic Muni). They also performed Ottavia in a Baroque gesture production of L'incoronazione di Poppea under the direction of Drew Minter.
Three of Aiden's opera librettiwill workshop this year at The National Opera Center in NYC: The Times are Nightfall(Ross Crean), Ghost Variations(Tony Manfredonia), and Silver and Stars(Brin Solomon). Their song cycle about Joan of Arc, commissioned by the Seen/Heard Trio and set by Lisa Neher, will premiere on the ensemble's tour next summer.
They received their M.M. from the Bard College Conservatory of Music in Dawn Upshaw's Graduate Vocal Arts Program and their B.S. in Vocal Performance from Hofstra University. They have had the honor of working with Charles Jarden (American Opera Projects), Peter Sellars, Edda Moser, Isabel Milenski, and the late Nico Castel.