The American bass, B. Karl Hempel, received his Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody Conservatory, and studied opera in the studio of Stanley Cornett. 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.
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, Washington Bach Consort, and others. His operatic roles include Pistola in Verdi’s Falstaff, Bacchus in Purcell’s Masque in Dioclesian, Figaro in W.A. Mozart's Le Nozze Di Figaro, and Luther, Crespel, and Shlemil in Offenbach’s Les Contes D’Hoffmann.
Karl Hempel 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. In 2004 he married 2004 Linda Slonksnes; curerently he lives in Alexandria, Virginia.