Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey produced large and gleaming tone and displayed subtle musical and verbal intelligence. He is an altogether exceptional artist.” – Boston Globe
Y Music Society
“Tenor Griffey, whose credits include the definitive portrayal of Lennie in Carlisle Floyd’s operatic setting of ‘Of Mice and Men’ and the creation of Mitch in Andre Previn’s ‘A Streetcar Named Desire,’ is a communicative performer who chooses offbeat repertory and brings it vividly to life…he never fails to get to the heart of a song.
On this occasion, despite a preponderance of slow songs, he traversed a gamut of emotion, from the eerie melancholy of A.E. Housman’s ‘A Shropshire Lad’ to the rhapsody of Shelley’s ‘Music, When Soft Voices Die’ and the braggadocio folk lyrics of ‘The Dodger.’
Moreover, Griffey enlisted, in addition to the keyboard wizardry of Warren Jones (who is as good as you get today when it comes to vocal accompanists), a superb string quartet of Symphony players.
The full complement came to bear on Vaughan Williams’ ‘On Wenlock Edge’ ?? a unique and gorgeous song cycle based on Housman’s heart?wrenching verses. It is seldom heard because of the logistic complexities of getting together the requisite participants, and the rendition was exemplary. Barring an occasional high note that threatened to get away, Griffey braved the high?lying passages with confidence and conveyed the despair of a brokenhearted lover who may be speaking from the grave.”
Robert Croan, Pittsburgh Post?Gazette, April 22, 2004
“Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and pianist Warren Jones offered an imaginative program featuring English and American songs on Monday night at Katz Performing Arts Center at the JCC in Squirrel Hill. Griffey is one of America’s leading singers, who has added the title role in Benjamin Britten’s ‘Peter Grimes’ to his opera repertoire.
Griffey and Jones presented the music with loving devotion, shaping Griffes’ lines and gestures with an affecting blend of finesse and power. Jones is so winning a partner for singers that it was a particular pleasure and no surprise to hear him bring alive the turbulence of Griffes’ ‘Barcarolle’ for piano solo.
The other highlight of the concert was Ralph Vaughan Williams’ ‘On Wenlock Edge.’ Griffey’s well?developed dramatic sensibility projected the melancholy of A.E. Housman’s poetry while singing in a high tessitura that would makes many tenors uncomfortable.
Griffey and Jones were also superb in a few well?known songs by Samuel Barber and Aaron Copland, with the singer’s acting of the familiar ‘I bought me a cat’ being particularly delightful.
Griffey’s concert showed that recitals are an essential part of concert life, particularly when as creatively composed as this memorable event.”
Mark Kanny, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 23, 2004