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

Aspen Music Festival

“Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey in the title role sang his notoriously difficult music with purity and a kind of sincerity that made Grimes, desperate for a chance to prove his worth, a thoroughly believable split personality, at once blissfully ignorant of the social stigma he suffers and brutally resentful of the pain it causes him. He was transfixing in his big moments, such as the Act 1 aria “The Great Bear and Pleiades,” which introduces his psyche, and his Act 3 final scene, a classic operatic mad scene in which snatches of music come back to haunt him. There was no crooning, no musical cheating, just a flow of magnificently nuanced sound.”

Harvey Steiman, The Aspen Times, July 28, 2013

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