I find it hard to sum up exactly who I am. Here are the basics:
diversity and inclusion trainer and consultant
opera company Founder & Artistic Director
nonbinary trans person
classically trained opera singer
social rights junkie
I currently reside in NYC, creating new opera in exciting places and trying not to adopt every cat I find.
Aiden Kim Feltkamp champions new opera as a writer, performer, producer, and educator.
This spring, they're speaking about gender in opera on a panel with Cori Ellison, Mark Adamo, and Anthony Roth Costanzo (hosted by the New York Opera Alliance) and hosting a panel about gender representation at New Music Gathering 2018. They're also writing supplemental program materials for the Æpex Contemporary Ensemble's production of As One (Laura Kaminsky) in Ann Arbor, MI.
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 Kate by 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 female-voiced 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.
In 2015, Aiden founded OperaRox Productions, a non-profit dedicated to 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.
Three of Aiden's opera librettiwill premiere 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 this summer.
They received their M.M. from the Bard College Conservatory of Music in Dawn Upshaw's Graduate Vocal Arts Program. They have had the honor of working with Charles Jarden (American Opera Projects), Peter Sellars, Edda Moser, and the late Nico Castel.