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Aiden FeltkampNew York, NY
Aiden Kim Feltkamp (they/he) began his musical life at the age of 5 playing a quarter-size cello and now he champions new classical music and opera as a trans nonbinary librettist, performer, and educator. He’s currently the Emerging Composers and Diversity Director with American Composers Orchestra.
Mx. Feltkamp is passionate about diversity and inclusion, and that mission pervades every aspect of his career. He writes to explore the crevices and the intersections: the shadowy stories previously unexcavated due to the oppression of their narrators. In life and in fiction, he’s drawn to main characters who live on the margins and open our capacity for empathy by telling stories through a yet-unencountered lens. Feltkamp’s work spans from live performance reviews and interviews with classical music industry leaders to supplemental program material and editorials to poetry and libretti.
As an educator and diversity expert, he frequently consults for performing arts groups, universities, and businesses on matters of inclusion. His past collaborators include Opera America, Northwestern University, UC Riverside, Johnson & Johnson, and Fresh Ink Festival. He has served as a panelist on diversity, inclusion, and gender representation in classical music hosted by various organizations, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New Music Gathering, and the New York Opera Alliance.
In 2015, Feltkamp founded OperaRox Productions, a non-profit dedicated to elevating underrepresented artists and fostering the next generation of opera through socially relevant productions.
Before beginning his medical transition, he performed professionally as a mezzo-soprano, specializing in Baroque opera and new music. He most loved studying Baroque gesture with Drew Minter and expanding the American repertoire through collaboration with living composers. Now he trains as an operatic baritone.
He received his M.M. from the Bard College Conservatory of Music in Dawn Upshaw’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program and his B.S. in Vocal Performance from Hofstra University. He has had the honor of working with Leon Botstein, Charles Jarden, Peter Sellars, Isabel Milenski, Edda Moser, and the late Nico Castel. More than anything, Feltkamp hopes for a more equitable, more vibrant, and more compassionate future.
The Times are Nightfall
This micro-opera, composed by Ross Crean on a libretto by Aiden K. Feltkamp (with Chloe Schaaf), tells the story of Donna Elvira and Donna Anna after the events of Mozart’s famous opera, Don Giovanni.
This segment is from the end of the piece, starting in the middle of Scene 3 with Elvira’s aria, “I remind myself that grief is passion.”
Elvira: Emily Kate Naydeck
Anna: Chloe Schaaf
Piano: Peiharn Chen
Stage Direction: Aumna Iqbal and Aiden K. Feltkamp
Filmed live on July 1, 2018 at The National Opera Center in NYC
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