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

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

“Anthony Dean Griffey, a tenor of generous proportions both vocally and physically, brought good-natured humor and peerless diction to the title role, giving the production the warmth and central focal point it might otherwise have lost.”

John W. Freeman, Opera News, November 2003

“Anthony Dean Griffey as Schweik dominated the opera. With superbly musical line and a voice that goes straight to the heart, he measured up to the character of this note­worthy role, both as a towering actor and as an intelligent singer.”

Karyl Lynn Zietz, Orpheus, March/April 2004

“Ms. Levine draws lively portrayals from the cast, especially the amazing tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, who worked memorably with her as Lennie in the Glimmerglass and New York City Opera productions of Of Mice and Men.
Schweik dominated the opera, but Mr. Griffey, with his beautifully lyric yet powerful and seemingly inexhaustible voice, meets every challenge. Though tall and husky, he is light on his feet. By turns demented and babyfaced, he captures the character’s ambiguity: is this all a savvy scheme to avoid [military] service, or is Schweik truly deranged? And Mr. Griffey understands that singing with keen intelligence and diction that makes a gift of every word is not incompatible with portraying a half-wit.”

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, August 11, 2003

“The title role was sung and acted with superlative aplomb by the tenor Anthony Dean Griffey.”

Michael Kennedy, Opera, November 2003

“The hapless, eternally cheerful Schweik was brilliantly sung and winningly acted by Anthony Dean Griffey, a great performance which (like the whole show) needs to be seen in New York.”

David Shengold, Classics Today, August 2003

“The tenor Anthony Dean Griffey is superlative as a lovable shambling Schweik.”

Michael Kennedy, The Sunday Telegraph (London), August 10, 2003

“Griffey, who is in every scene, looked as though he were having the time of his life on the stage, his tenor pure and plangent from first note to last.”

Mark Swed, The Los Angeles Times, August 7, 2003

“The opera is practically a monologue for Schweik, and tenor Anthony Dean Griffey is a spectacular singing actor. With his innocent smile plastered permanently on his face, he nonetheless lets us be aware of the depth beneath, and his gloriously pure, sweet voice rings out with crystalline grace.”

Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail (Toronto), August 5, 2003

“Anthony Dean Griffey (Schweik) sang the role with a large lyric voice and an even larger than life personality, capturing all the pathos, irony and humor of the part.”

John Pitcher, The Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, NY), August 3, 2003

“A performance of the American opera on Monday afternoon sparkled from start to finish, thanks to a brilliant performance by tenor Anthony Dean Griffey (Schweik)…” “It would seem the composer had Griffey in mind when he wrote the piece. A fine singer, the tenor comes across as a likable simpleton who frustrates the establishment with his logic….He’s seriously out-of-step in an out-of-step, rag-tag army and he goes through life with a foolish, but deceiving, grin on his face. Griffey makes it funny, most of the time, but poignancy and a message about the horrors of war always lurk just beneath the surface.”

Bill Rice, The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY), July 29, 2003

“There are so many good performances in the opera and several characters have multi-parts, but Anthony Dean Griffey holds everything together with a marvelous performance as the seemingly dull-witted Schweik. His singing is as effective as his continuous idiotic smile and funny movements.”

Jonas Kover, The Observer-Dispatch (Utica, NY), July 28, 2003

“Vocally the whole opera falls upon the shoulders of Schweik, who sings a good two-thirds of the whole show. Opera-goers who were impressed by the powerful performance of Anthony Dean Griffey as Lennie in the 1997 production of Of Mice and Men will be thrilled to hear him almost single-handedly carry an entire opera. His strong, lyrical tenor and spotless diction are unflagging and his vivid, unaffected stage presence makes him a natural for “simple” heroes as Schweik and Lennie.”

Mark G. Simon, The Ithaca Times (Ithaca, NY), August 6-12, 2003

“Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey brought the grin of a sly simpleton and a voice of extraordinary power and beauty to the title role of The Good Soldier Schweik here at Glimmerglass Opera.” “Adding to his well-honed repertory of operatic social outcasts (Peter Grimes and Lennie Small) Griffey commanded the stage with every action and vocal utterance in Robert Kurka’s 1959 opera.” “Griffey’s jail aria was beautifully sung, and his subsequent aria in the asylum was performed in bravura style with a powerful, clear voice, while his repeat of the same lines in a minor key descant was beautifully tinged with pathos.”

Stephen G. Landesman, Ithaca Journal, July 30, 2003

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