American tenor ANTHONY DEAN GRIFFEY has captured critical and popular acclaim on opera, concert, and recital stages worldwide. The combination of his beautiful and powerful lyric tenor voice, along with his gift for exceptional communication and excellent musicianship have earned him the highest praise.
Earlier in the 2007/08 season, Griffey returned to the Metropolitan Opera in the title role of Britten’s Peter Grimes, which was simulcast in movie theaters, broadcast on PBS, and recorded for future release on DVD; he also joins the Fort Worth Opera in one of his signature roles, Lennie Small in Floyd’s Of Mice and Men. His concert calendar includes these engagements to sing Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Verdi’s Requiem with the Detroit Symphony, and Handel’s Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He sings Zemlinsky’s Eine florentinische Tragödie with the New York Philharmonic and with the Staatskapelle Dresden, both under James Conlon. This season also marks the PBS broadcast and DVD release of the Los Angeles Opera’s 2007 production of Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, in which Griffey starred as Jim Mahoney.
Concert highlights from the 2006/07 season included performances of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas in Lucerne and Mendelssohn’s Elijah under Seiji Ozawa at both the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan and at the Teatro Comunale di Firenze in Italy. He appeared with the Milwaukee Symphony in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, and with the London Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. He sang a centenary concert of Elgar’s The Kingdom with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Britten’s Serenade and War Requiem with the Aspen Music Festival, and Zemlinsky’s Eine florentinische Tragödie at the Ravinia Festival with James Conlon.
Griffey’s most recently released disc is Britten’s War Requiem, recorded live with Kurt Masur and the London Philharmonic at Royal Festival Hall. He can also be heard on disc and DVD in André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire (Deutsche Grammophon), Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias conducted by Seiji Ozawa (Philips), Verdi’s I Lombardi with James Levine (Decca Records), and Amy Beach’s Cabildo (Delos). He appears on a live recording of Of Mice and Men with the Houston Grand Opera (Albany), as well as in the DVD of the 1999 Metropolitan Opera Tristan und Isolde (DG/Universal). Live television broadcasts include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Seiji Ozawa in celebration of the opening of the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, Das Lied von der Erde with Christoph Eschenbach as part of the BBC Proms, and Peter Grimes with Ozawa in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the work’s premiere as part of “A Tale of Tanglewood.”
Highlights of Griffey’s illustrious career include his performances in leading roles at major opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glyndebourne, and Opera Bastille. Orchestra engagements have included appearances in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Saint Louis, Minnesota, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Houston, Detroit, Baltimore, and Saint Paul, and internationally he has sung with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Müncher Symphoniker, Orchestre de Paris, Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland, the NHK Symphony in Japan, and the Hallé Orchestra, among others. Griffey has performed on many of the country’s leading recital series, including his appearances with David Daniels in Britten’s rarely heard cantata Abraham and Isaac at Carnegie Hall, and at the Ravinia Festival with Christoph Eschenbach at the piano. He frequently collaborates with fellow North Carolinian pianist Warren Jones, who accompanied him for his 2004 successful New York solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. André Previn composed, and dedicated, a song cycle for Griffey in celebration of his Carnegie Hall debut, and accompanied him on the piano for the cycle.
Anthony Dean Griffey, a recipient of many awards and honors, was featured in Musical America in 2005 as one of twelve exceptional singers of distinction. He holds degrees from Wingate University, the Eastman School of Music, and the Juilliard School.