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Karl Hempel - Bass

B. Karl Hempel manages a busy schedule performing oratorio works, requiems and masses as a member and soloist with the Washington National Cathedral Choir of Men. He also sings with several Washington, DC, and Baltimore area professional ensembles, including Cathedra, the Washington Bach Consort, the Baltimore Opera Chorus, The District Eight, and others. Receiving his Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody Conservatory, Karl studied opera in the studio of Stanley Cornett. His operatic roles include Pistola in Verdi’s Falstaff, Bacchus in Purcell’s Masque in Dioclesian, Figaro in Mozart’s Le Nozze Di Figaro, and Luther, Crespel, and Shlemil in Offenbach’s Les Contes D’Hoffmann.


A native of Cape Cod, Karl has toured and studied extensively throughout Europe and Russia, singing in celebrated venues such as the Great Hall at Moscow Conservatory, Capella Hall in St Petersburg, St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Tirana Opera House in Albania, St John’s Smith Square, Westminster Abby, in London and many other notable halls and churches canvassing the British Isles, Europe, Russia and Siberia. He has been coached and tutored extensively in vocal technique and performance style with such renowned professors as Dale Moore, Craig Timberlake, Dorothy Richardson, and Louise McClelland.


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