Written by Cory Twibell, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00
Hicksville native Kimberly Feltkamp recalls the start of her music career, playing a quarter-size cello at the age of 5. More recently, she’s a mezzo-soprano opera singer whose performance earned a favorable review from The New York Times.
In her first semester at Hofstra University, Feltkamp discovered her passion for opera at a performance of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.” Feltkamp’s budding interest in opera also took her to Salzburg, Austria in 2009, where she studied with soprano Edda Moser at the Mozarteum International Summer Academy.
Feltkamp eventually received a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Hofstra and currently studies with Edith Bers while pursuing her master’s of music in Dawn Upshaw’s vocal arts program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music – a program that was founded in 2006 and only admits eight students each year.
Feltkamp noted she “loves to study and premiere new music” and the aspiring singer also founded OperaRox, an online community dedicated to opera aficionados. She’s performed more than two-dozen interactive, live Internet shows that drew audiences from all over the world.
“These live shows serve to unify and educate the opera-loving public while promoting the art form,” Feltkamp said on her website.
In her spare time, Feltkamp enjoys writing fiction and poetry – another hobby she excels at, winning the 1000words Flash Fiction Contest in 2012 for her short story, “In Absentia.”
For more information, visit http://www.kimberlyfeltkamp.com.