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Anthony Dean Griffey

Four-time Grammy Award Winning American tenor Anthony Dean Griffey has captured critical and popular acclaim on opera, concert and recital stages around the world. The combination of his beautiful and powerful lyric tenor voice, gift of dramatic interpretation and superb musicianship have earned him the highest praise from critics and audiences alike.

He has performed leading roles at the great international opera houses including The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glyndebourne, the Opera National de Paris, and the Teatro Comunale di Firenze to name a a few. He is a regular guest of the world’s orchestras just some of which include New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Montreal and Toronto and abroad in London, Paris, Munich, Tokyo, Glasgow, Amsterdam and Melbourne and popular festivals including Tanglewood, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Saito Kinen and the Proms in London.

Mr. Griffey has collaborated with many of today’s pre-eminent conductors, including James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, André Previn, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Andrew Davis, Esa Pekka Salonen, Alan Gilbert, Kurt Masur, Donald Runnicles, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, James Conlon, and Charles Dutoit.

In 2011-2012, Anthony Dean Griffey will make his role debut in a new production of Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia as the Male Chorus at Houston Grand Opera, conducted by Patrick Summers and as Lensky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with Opera Carolina, another role debut.  Mr. Griffey will also reprise the role of Lennie in Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men with Opera Australia in Melbourne.  Symphonic highlights include Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with the Orquesta Nacional de España in Madrid, Britten’s War Requiem with the Eugene Concert Choir in Eugene, Oregon and his recital debut at Wigmore Hall and appearances at the Art Song Festival in Berea, Ohio as well as with Music for a Great Space in Greensboro, North Carolina, all with pianist Warren Jones. 

The 2010-2011 season saw operatic appearances in the title role of Peter Grimes with the Houston Grand Opera and as Lennie in Of Mice and Men with Opera Australia in Sydney.  Many exciting symphonic appearances included Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Nashville Symphony, Britten’s War Requiem at Carnegie Hall with Seiji Ozawa and the Saito Kinen Orchestra as well as with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony, and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony.  He also appeared in recital under the auspices of San Francisco Performances and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

In the 2009-2010 season his concert performances included the New York Philharmonic in Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex with Valery Gergiev and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with music director Alan Gilbert; highlights from Beethoven’s Fidelio and his Symphony No. 9 with the New World Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas; Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with the London Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink, with the San Diego Symphony and Jahja Ling and with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland at the Concertgebouw, where he also reprised the Britten War Requiem; and the New York City Opera’s Opening Gala.

Celebrated the world over for his powerful portrayal of the title role of Britten’s Peter Grimes, Mr. Griffey brings his signature role this season to Western Australia Opera.  His critically acclaimed 2008 performance of Peter Grimes in a new production with the Metropolitan Opera was broadcast live in HD worldwide to movie theaters, featured on PBS and released on DVD (EMI Classics.)  Also on DVD, Mr. Griffey can be seen in the Grammy winning Los Angeles Opera production of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Euroarts) which also aired on PBS; in addition to his performance in the 1999 Metropolitan Opera Tristan und Isolde (DG/Universal), the world premiere of A Streetcar Named Desire (Image Entertainment) with the San Francisco Opera; and on TV has been featured as an Artist of the Week on A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts.

On compact disc, Anthony Dean Griffey’s latest releases are Peter Grimes at Glyndebourne Opera with Mark Wigglesworth conducting as well as Deems Taylor’s Peter Ibbetson with the Seattle Symphony on the Naxos label with Gerard Schwarz conducting.  Mr. Griffey’s latest concert release is Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (SFO) with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas also now on iTunes with the New York Philharmonic and Loren Maazel.  The same work has also been released by RCA, recorded with the Tonhalle Orchestra with Zurich-David Zinman conducting.  Mr. Griffey can also be heard in the Britten War Requiem (LPO) recorded live with Kurt Masur and the London Philharmonic at Royal Festival Hall, André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire (DG), Les Mamelles de Tirésias conducted by Seiji Ozawa (Philips), I Lombardi with James Levine (Decca/London), Amy Beach's Cabildo (Delos) and Of Mice and Men with the Houston Grand Opera (Albany).

This season, he performs a recital at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, presented by the Vocal Arts Society, and at Lawrence University with his frequent collaborator fellow-North Carolinian pianist Warren Jones. For his successful New York solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall in 2004, André Previn composed, and dedicated, a song cycle for Mr. Griffey and accompanied him on the piano with Mr. Jones also joining for the program.  Mr. Griffey has performed with the major recital series throughout the U.S. including Ravinia, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Schubert Club in Saint Paul, and the Cleveland Art Song Festival.

Anthony Dean Griffey holds degrees from Wingate University, the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School and was a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Program.  He is also Professor of the Practice at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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