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Lecture & Recital: Czech Composers' Influence on Universal Music

  • Embassy of the Czech Republic 3900 Spring of Freedom Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)

Heralded as one of the most sought after bel canto baritones of the new generation, Javier Arrey presents his favorite Antonín Dvořák songs in an evening of Czech music at the Embassy of the Czech Republic on October 12, 2018, at 6 pm. His former voice teacher and mentor Professor Hanns Stein transmitted to him the love and interest for Czech music and culture. Prof. Stein (*1926) will deliver a lecture on “Czech Composers and Their Influence on Universal Music” before the concert. Share in an enchanting evening of music and discover how Czechs have transformed the musical realm.

Event Details: 
Date/Time: October 12, 2018, at 6 pm

Venue: Embassy of the Czech Republic
3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008

RSVP by October 10

Embassy Security Policy: For entrance, all guests will be subject to security screening. Photo ID is required and must match RSVP confirmation for each individual. No admittance will be permitted without proper registration. Bags and suitcase are not allowed. Only small purses are permitted but must be opened for inspection. Coat check is not available.

Parking: Non-metered parking is available on Spring of Freedom Street and Tilden Street.

Closest Metro: The Embassy is about a 15-20 minute walk from the Van Ness Metro Station.


Chilean baritone Javier Arrey began his 2017-2018 season with his Metropolitan Opera debut as Shaunard (La Bohème) in the classic Franco Zeffarelli production and made his acclaimed return to the Washington Concert Opera as Valdeburgo in Donizetti’s La Stranieraunder Maestro Antony Walker. During the 2016-2017 season, Arrey triumphed in his debut with the Wiener Staatsoper as Marcello (La Bohème) and joined the roster of The Metropolitan Opera. Engagements in recent seasons included, among others: Marcello (La Bohème) for the Washington National Opera, Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) for the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Don Giovanni at the Estates Theater in Prague, and Alphonse (La favorite) with the Washington Concert Opera under Antony Walker. Having met great success with the role of Don Giovanni at Castleton Festival, Giovanni became one of the signature roles in his repertoire.

His repertoire includes Fauré’s Requiem, Dvořák’s Biblical Songs & Gypsy Songs, Bach's St. John’s Passion, Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium, Schumann's Dichterliebe, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, among others.

Javier Arrey was the winner of the CulturArte Prize at the 2011 Operalia Competition in Moscow, finalist at the 2009 Cardiff Singer of the World competition (Song prize), and is a graduate of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist program.


Earlier Event: October 11
Capella Peregrina in Concert