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

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.’

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Wingate University

“Griffey let fly in the big moments with the fervor that these songs are all about. When the music needs to soar, he vaulted aloft fearlessly. In the quieter moments, he not only reined in his voice, but he pronounced the words so pointedly that they took on a whole new electricity.” “A voice with vibrancy and impact.”

Steven Brown, The Charlotte Observer, April 8, 2004

Syracuse Symphony

“Even more impressive [than the choral sound] was the quartet of soloists. Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey was strong, sturdy and intense.”

Chuck Klaus, The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY), March 6, 2004

(Choral Arts Society of Washington)

“Anthony Dean Griffey’s sweet, yet powered tenor was a continual pleasure.”

Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun, May 31, 2003

Opéra National de Paris – Bastille

“The American tenor Anthony Dean Griffey made one of the truly remarkable debuts here in the title role. While his voice doesn’t quite have the amplitude of Ben Heppner (who did the part here in 2001), Griffey’s vocal qualities wed perfectly with those needed by Grimes.”

Jacques Doucelin, Le Figaro, January 30, 2004

“The ensemble of singers was uniformly excellent, but Anthony Dean Griffey stood out from the rest with his beautifully nuanced performance.”

Assia Rabinowitz, Le Figaro, January 27, 2004

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London Symphony Orchestra

“Anthony Dean Griffey sang with majesty and authority.”

Alex Russell,, November 2003

New York City Opera 

“It’s impossible to imagine a more affecting and nuanced portrayal of the slow-witted, itinerant ranch-hand Lennie than that offered by tenor Anthony Dean Griffey. Griffey, who first mesmerized audiences in the role five years ago, wholly embodied Lennie’s curious character – from his hunched shoulders, shuffling gait and fidgeting hands to the sudden shifts of expression on his often-bewildered face. Griffey’s Lennie was so utterly unaware of his strength and unaccountable for his actions that even Steinbeck would have been impressed. The emotional intensity of Griffey’s dramatic performance was coupled with an equally expressive vocal reading. His lithe lyric tenor was tender in its high notes and impassioned in the lower register, all the while possessing the perfect degree of stylistic simplicity for the role.”

Stacey Kors, Newsday (New York), October 17, 2003

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Glimmerglass Opera

“Best of all, Anthony Dean Griffey as Schweik gently but firmly commands the stage every minute, both through the appealing emotional tug of his plangent tenor and the wide-eyed, lovably
innocent character he creates.”

Peter G. Davis, New York Magazine, August 25, 2003

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London Symphony Orchestra

“What is undeniable is that Fleming and Gilfry put over this appealing music magnificently, as do Janice Watson and Anthony Dean Griffey.”

Richard Morrison, The Times (London), June 26, 2003

“Anthony Dean Griffey was moving and slightly disturbing as Mitch, starting out with Oliver Hardy-bumptiousness and ending in confused rage and frustration. Somehow, the beauty of his voice made his roughness all the more poignant rather than deracinating it.”

H.E. Elsom,, June 25, 2003

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Florentine Opera

“Anthony Dean Griffey, as Lennie, led the strong cast. This tenor combines power, clarity and beauty from top to bottom. Griffey’s effortless, float-away tenor was an apt foil for the weighty, burly bass
of Ron Nelman’s George.”

Tom Strini, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 9, 2003

Highpoint Community Concert Association

“Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and pianist Warren Jones are at the pinnacle of success in the world of classical music; they returned to their North Carolina home for a concert Friday night.” “One of Griffey’s gifts is a magnificent stage presence; this was evident throughout the evening. His vocal ability is top?notch. Beautiful phrasing, gorgeous tone, especially in the middle register, and the ability to sing dramatically and tenderly in the same phrase is evidence of his artistry. Another great strength is his ability to genuinely convey heartfelt emotion. His English diction is splendid; one hardly needed the printed texts.”

Tim Lindeman, News & Record (Greensboro, NC), January 12, 2003

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