Soprano. In 1995, she graduated from the Department of Vocal and Acting Studies at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, solo vocal class under Prof. U. Trawińska-Moroz. During her studies she received scholarship from the Minister of Culture. Hempel-Gierlach further developed her vocal skills with Prof. Ewa Wdowicka in Poznań, she has also participated in master courses led by Prof. A. Orlowitz (Copenhagen).
The artist made her debut in 1996 in Berlin as Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, in the famous staging by Katharina Thalbach. Between 1997 and 2007 she was associated with the Warsaw Chamber Opera. She’s performed main parts in various operas by Mozart, most notably the spectacular part of the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute. She’s also appeared on stage as Konstanze in The Abduction from the Seraglio, Zerlina and Elvira in Don Giovanni, and the Contessa in The Marriage of Figaro.
She’s performed as the Queen of the Night in many stage versions of the opera, e.g. in the Baltic Opera and the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic. The artist has also appeared in this role in Teatro Villamarta in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain.
Her repertoire includes the following parts performed on stage: Fanny in La cambiale di matrimonio, Ninetta in La gazza ladra, Semiramide in Semiramide, and Elvira in L’Italiana in Algeri by G. Rossini, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin by P. Tchaikovsky, Agathe in The Marksman by C. M. von Weber, Betsy in K. Kurpiński’s Henryk VI na łowach (“Henry VI on the Hunt”), Acta in Quo vadis by B. Matuszczak, or Małgorzata in Faust by A. Radziwiłł.
Hempel-Gierlach’s repertoire includes sacral music as well, works from the Baroque to contemporary times, various song cycles, or operetta and musical pieces.
The artist has frequently performed and toured in many European countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain). She’s been on five tours in Japan. Hempel-Gierlach has also participated in many music festivals, such as: the Adam Didur Festival in Sanok, the Oratorio Music Festival “Musica Sacromontana” in Gostyń, or the Festival dell’ Arte in the Valley of Palaces and Gardens in Wojanów and Bukowiec.
To date, she has collaborated with many acclaimed conductors: Ryszard Peryt, Marek Weiss-Grzesiński, Giovanni Pampiglione, Ewelina Pietrowiak, Francisco Lopez, Tadeusz Strugała, Michał Klauza, Łukasz Borowicz, Siergiej Stadler, Kai Bumann, Paweł Kotla, Ruben Silva, Zbigniew Graca, Przemysław Fiugajski, Maja Metelska, and Tadeusz Karolak.
Since the season 2017/2018 she’s been a soloist at the Polish Royal Opera,
Photo by Ewelina Piekut.