Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey produced large and gleaming tone and displayed subtle musical and verbal intelligence. He is an altogether exceptional artist.” – Boston Globe

Glyndebourne Festival

“Grimes himself, astonishingly played by Anthony Dean Griffey, is a shambling animal, pitiable and moving, yet capable of terrifying brutality. Vocally, Griffey combines the lyricism of Peter Pears with the roaring heft of Jon Vickers to give what is perhaps the finest interpretation of the role to date.”

Tim Ashley, The Guardian, June 26, 2000

“The American tenor Anthony Dean Griffey was a Grimes in the Jon Vickers mould: on the verge of insanity, gripped by a terrible obsession. He sang the role with impressive sensitivity and intelligence.”

Rupert Christiansen, The Daily Telegraph, June 27, 2000

“Glyndebourne’s compelling Grimes is an American tenor who plays the character as a haunted misfit, victimized by society. His voice is bright yet beefy, by turns raw and refined–perhaps the ideal Grimes in the making. His isolation is painful, one of the strengths of the Trevor Nunn production.”

John Allison, The Times (London), June 26, 2000

“Completely heartbreaking was Anthony Dean Griffey’s Grimes. His voice is a fine lyric tenor, very agile and precise with the words. But his huge physical and dramatic presence, and his ability to express anger and grief, make his Grimes far more than a theatrical study. Again, there was more than a hint of Frankenstein’s monster to him, with the additional torture of a beautiful voice that didn’t relate to any inner beauty, only to a sense of pain and loss.”

H.E. Elsom, ConcertoNet.com, July 2000

“He sang with both beauty and power, while continuing to project a slightly awkward physical presence that made touching sense of his predicament.”

Roger Parker, Opera, September 2000

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