And in the work’s most intensely and ravishingly beautiful movement, the Agnus Dei, the only word that suffices to describe the effect of Anthony Dean Griffey’s inspired singing is “sublime.” – – Bernard Jacobson, Seattle Times
The Eastman School of Music has announced that Anthony Dean Griffey will join the faculty as a professor of voice. Mr. Griffey is an alumnus, having received both a Performer’s Certificate as well as a Master of Music degree from Eastman. The position will allow him to maintain a vocal studio, as well as continue his slate of international performing engagements.
Russell Miller, chair of Eastman’s voice and opera department, shared the school’s enthusiasm about Anthony’s new role in their press release: “Mr. Griffey’s commitment to expressive communication of text and character as well as of beautiful sound is in the best tradition of Eastman. The palpable excitement of our students at the warmth of his singing and the effectiveness of his teaching shows how much our whole department will benefit from having this distinguished alumnus with us.”
Of his new appointment, Anthony says: “Eastman has always held a special place in my heart from the time I was accepted to study with John Malloy. It is a collegial and supportive place for students who come to work and learn, with tremendous camaraderie among the faculty. I love to teach, and to teach and continue to perform is to combine both of my loves.”
Anthony Dean Griffey travels to Southern Pines, NC this month for a solo recital at the Weymouth Center. The recital takes place on Sunday, February 15 and is a highlight of the Weymouth’s performing arts season. Ticket information and additional details can be found via the Weymouth calendar of events.
Following his recital, Anthony joins soprano Christine Goerke and baritone Nathan Gunn for a spectacular performance of Benjamin Britten’s ‘War Requiem, Op. 66’ at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The UNC Symphony Orchestra, led by Tonu Kalam, UNC’s Carolina Choir, the UNC Chamber Singers, and The Raleigh Boychoir will join them for this not-to-be-missed concert, taking place on March 5.
Mr. Griffey has previously sung the ‘Requiem’ to great acclaim, with the Seattle Times stating “And in the work’s most intensely and ravishingly beautiful movement, the Agnus Dei, the only word that suffices to describe the effect of Anthony Dean Griffey’s inspired singing is “sublime.”
Anthony Dean Griffey joins a spectacular assembly of stars in American music on An AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope, with all proceeds from the album benefitting amFar, the foundation for AIDS research. Anthony and his colleagues, including Joyce DiDonato, Melody Moore, Isabel Leonard, and Matthew Polenzani, recorded songs from some of America’s preeminent and emerging composers for this effort. Acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma and clarinetist Anthony McGill are also featured on the recording, with actors Sharon Stone and Ansel Elgort providing spoken word. Pre-order your copy via Amazon today!
Anthony Dean Griffey will premiere the role of The Narrator in A Christmas Carol by young British composer Iain Bell at Houston Grand Opera in December 2014. This exciting world premiere is the company’s 55th commissioned opera, which also features the talents of the award-winning Dickens scholar Simon Callow as the librettist. Anthony performs on December 5, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 19 & 21. Tickets and more information about this imaginative new chamber work are available at the following link.
Anthony received incredible praise for the reprisal of his role as Mitch in Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire at L.A. Opera:
“His character’s gaucheries provided a bit of necessary levity for this dramatic piece and his resonant tenor sound rang out with burnished colors.”
Maria Nockin – Opera Today
“L.A. Opera has found a believable cast with . . . Anthony Dean Griffey’s affectingly vulnerable Mitch . . .”
Mark Swed – Los Angeles Times
“Anthony Dean Griffey, reprising his role as Mitch from the 1998 world premiere, is obviously at one with the character of the repressed mama’s boy . . . Beautifully sung and acted, Griffey’s Mitch was an endearing portrait of a good-hearted, but very lonely, man.”
“Griffey, meanwhile, makes a superb Mitch, cementing his stature of one of the finest singing character actors in American opera (Peter Grimes, Of Mice and Men).”
Myron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter
“Griffey made a terrific Mitch, charismatically earnest and boyish and forcefully sculpting his phrases with clear enunciation of the words.”
Timothy Mangan – Orange County Register
Britten’s War Requiem in Atlanta and Carnegie Hall
Anthony Dean Griffey travels to Atlanta for a concert performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra April 24 and 26, and sings the Requiem with Atlanta at Carnegie Hall in New York City on April 30. Music Director Robert Spano leads the orchestra, and joining Anthony in this performance will be Evelina Dobračeva, soprano, Stephen Powell, bass, the Gwinnett Young Singers (in Atlanta), the Brooklyn Youth Chorus (in New York) and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
Britten’s War Requiem is one of the most stunning choral and orchestral works ever written, and was composed as a stirring tribute to Great Britain’s fallen military heroes. Mr. Griffey, one of the world’s foremost interpreters of Britten’s music, has previously performed the Requiem to rave reviews with the Seattle Symphony, and is featured on a seminal recording of the work with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Kurt Masur.
“And in the work’s most intensely and ravishingly beautiful movement, the Agnus Dei, the only word that suffices to describe the effect of Anthony Dean Griffey’s inspired singing is “sublime.” (Seattle Times)
Songs of the Earth in Oregon
`The music of Mahler comes to life May 10 and 12 with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, as Anthony Dean Griffey performs Das Lied von der Erde (The Songs of the Earth) alongside Ruxandra Donose, mezzo soprano, with Carlos Kalmar leading the orchestra. Mr. Griffey previously performed the work with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, under the baton of internationally renowned Maestro Valery Gergiev.
A Streetcar Named Desire in L.A.
Mr. Griffey reprises the role of Harold “Mitch” Mitchell in André Previn’s sumptuous, stirring adaptation of one of Tennessee Williams’ best known plays, A Streetcar Named Desire, at Los Angeles Opera. In his previous performances of the role, he “sang with empathy, intensity and immaculate diction as Mitch.” (The Washington Post)
The production at features a star-studded cast, which includes Renée Fleming as Blanche DuBois (in a role created for her), Ryan McKinny as Stanley Kowalski, and Stacey Tappan as Stella. Patrick Summers (Artistic and Music Director of the Houston Grand Opera) leads the orchestra, and Brad Dalton directs this semi-staged concert presentation, originally seen at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Performances take place May 18, 21 and 24 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Houston Grand Opera
“Wendy Bryn Harmer and Anthony Dean Griffey – playing Rosalinde, the story’s heroine, and Alfredo, a paramour from her past – fit in especially well. They sang with gusto during their solo turns, such as in Rosalinde’s Hungarian-style showpiece in Act 2 and Alfredo’s Italian-opera outbursts. But their complement to the orchestra’s stylishness came in ensembles, especially when they were together and their deft, cozy singing revealed their conspiratorial urges.”
Steven Brown, Houston Chronicle, October 30, 2013
“The amazing transformation of Anthony Dean Griffey from a shocking, eerie Peter Grimes to the virile, incessant and truly funny Alfredo is great to see.”
Marcus Karl Maroney, Concertonet.com, November 5, 2013
In the fall Mr. Griffey returns to Houston Grand Opera for Alfred in Johann Strauss’ delightful operetta Die Fledermaus. The cast includes Liam Bonner as Gabriel Eisenstein, Wendy Bryn Harmer as Rosalinde, Laura Claycomb as Adele, Susan Graham as Prince Orlovsky and Samuel Schultz as Dr. Falke. Performances will be on October 25 and 27, November 2, 8 and 10.
Canadian Opera Company
“American tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, standing in for an indisposed Ben Heppner, was magnificent, ably walking a tightrope strung taught between unlikeability and vulnerability and capturing the full breadth of emotion that Britten embeds in the vocal part.”
John Terauds, Canadian Opera Company, October 5, 2013
“And then we have Anthony Dean Griffey, whose Grimes isn’t just a stunning piece of singing, with crystal-clear pianissimos and rafter-shaking fortissimos, but is a complex piece of acting as well, never asking for our pity, but painfully earning it by the final curtain.”
Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star, October 6, 2013
“Nov. 22, David Robertson will conduct the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a concert performance of “Peter Grimes” at Stern Auditorium, starring the tenor Anthony Dean Griffey in what has become his signature role. He brings uninhibited dramatic intensity and a distinctive voice, at once lyrical and powerful, to his portrayal of Grimes, a hulking, isolated fisherman in a small Suffolk coastal village in England, part poetic dreamer, part dangerous misfit. Mr. Griffey sang the role to acclaim in the director John Doyle’s production that the Met introduced in 2008. This summer he again excelled as Grimes in a semi-staged performance of the opera at the Aspen Music Festival.”
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, September 8, 2013