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

Houston Grand Opera

“Anthony Dean Griffey’s Lenny [sic.] —fidgeting, grinning, cowering and raging—is one of the most riveting impersonations that I’ve seen on any stage.”

Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News, February 3, 2002

“Anthony Dean Griffey made a winningly puerile Lennie, singing with a sweet lyric tenor.”

William Albright, Opera, July 2002

“At times, Lennie is more eloquent – textually and vocally – than his simplemindedness would warrant, but the outstanding tenor Anthony Dean Griffey inhabited Floyd’s role with astonishing versatility in his Houston debut. Griffey is most widely known for creating Mitch in André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire but Lennie has become his signature role. He sang it in the premiere of this production in Bregenz, Austria in July. It was astonishing to observe how Griffey created this emotionally weak but physically powerful man-boy through his beautiful voice, beatific vision and physical presence. The eruption of physical violence when he defended himself against Curley was totally unexpected and therefore so much more explosive.”

Charles Ward, Houston Chronicle, February 4, 2002

“[George’s efforts] are constantly frustrated by the behavior of his childish, mentally retarded companion, Lennie Small, whose iron grip and obsession with petting soft, furry creatures, lead him to strangle the ranch owner’s seductive wife. Lyric tenor Anthony Dean Griffey sang the role handsomely in a mesmerizing characterization.”

Carl Cunningham, American Record Guide, May 2002

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