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

Atlanta Symphony

“Anthony Dean Griffey, a fast-rising star in the opera world, commanded authority with his heroic tenor, mellow with a charismatic ‘ping’ in his tone.”

Pierre Ruhe, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 23, 2001

Pittsburgh Symphony

“Anthony Dean Griffey has all but defined Mitch for future productions. He has mastered the combination of strength and insecurity bound up in the virtuous character.”

Andrew Druckenbrod, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 15, 2001

“If you attend only one Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert this season, this weekend’s show should have been it.” “The only holdout from the original cast, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, was superbly judged, providing a marginally better Mitch than actor Karl Malden did on stage and screen. His every action screamed naïve mama’s boy, yet he could be inescapably tender, as in ‘You Know When It’s the Right Thing’.”

Steven Singer, Daily News (McKeesport, PA), January 15, 2001

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The Metropolitan Opera

“The excellent young American tenor Anthony Dean Griffey gave a winning performance as the Steersman. His voice was both full-bodied and sweet-toned, and he shaped the Steersman’s phrases with an almost Schubertian lyricism.”

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, December 12, 2000

Boston Symphony Orchestra – Tanglewood Festival

“The performance of the War Requiem was one of the highlights of Ozawa’s last season, and indeed of his entire career as music director.” “The newcomer was tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, less baroque in inflection than his predecessor Ian Bostridge, singing straightforwardly, and with plaintive beauty of tone and infinite sensitivity to text. Afterward, audience members fell into each other’s arms in cathartic hugs, and there were huge, grateful ovations for everyone.”

Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe, August 8, 2000

San Diego Opera

“Elizabeth Futral (Stella) and tenor Anthony Dean Griffey (Mitch), who had made the strongest impression in San Francisco, repeated the roles they had created: Griffey has grown in the role and brought to it a heart-wringing intensity.”

David Gregson, Opera News, August 2000

Glyndebourne Festival

“Grimes himself, astonishingly played by Anthony Dean Griffey, is a shambling animal, pitiable and moving, yet capable of terrifying brutality. Vocally, Griffey combines the lyricism of Peter Pears with the roaring heft of Jon Vickers to give what is perhaps the finest interpretation of the role to date.”

Tim Ashley, The Guardian, June 26, 2000

“The American tenor Anthony Dean Griffey was a Grimes in the Jon Vickers mould: on the verge of insanity, gripped by a terrible obsession. He sang the role with impressive sensitivity and intelligence.”

Rupert Christiansen, The Daily Telegraph, June 27, 2000

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Boston Symphony Orchestra – Tanglewood Festival

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

Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe, August 31, 1999

Boston Symphony Orchestra – Tanglewood Festival

“Griffey sings the role of Mitch with his big, sweet supple voice firmly tethered to his heartstrings – and thus to ours. Yearning, pathos, tenderness suffused his singing.”

Susan Larson, The Boston Globe, July 13, 1999

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“Elizabeth Futral’s Stella, and Anthony Dean Griffey’s Mitch (whose idealism – not least the one brief, shining moment in Act 2 where he is able to articulate something of his belief in love – is so touching) are each outstanding.”

Author Unknown, Gramophone, April 1999

“Griffey revealed an amazing number of colors and found drama in the texts that are often more mundanely presented.” “Griffey’s voice is an outstanding instrument, and his ability to expand the tone and then pare it down again was a delight to hear.”

Tim Lindeman, News & Record (Greensboro, NC), March 6, 1999

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