Sep 24, 2011
Opera tenor Anthony Dean Griffey was born in High Point, North Carolina and 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 has won four Grammys and received both critical and popular acclaim for his performances.
Anthony Dean Griffey has performed leading roles at 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. He has performed as a regular guest of the orchestras in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Montreal and Toronto and abroad in London, Paris, Munich, Tokyo, Glasgow, Amsterdam and Melbourne in addition to performances at popular festivals Tanglewood, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Saito Kinen and the Proms in London.
Mr. Griffey has collaborated with many 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.
Griffey sang the title role of Peter Grimes with the Houston Grand Opera and as Lennie in Of Mice and Men with Opera Australia. Other symphonic appearances include 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.
Griffey’s 2008 performance of Peter Grimes 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 is Mr. Griffey’s Grammy winning Los Angeles Opera production of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Euroarts) which also aired on PBS. Griffey’s performance in the 1999 Metropolitan Opera Tristan und Isolde and the world premiere of A Streetcar Named Desire (Image Entertainment) with the San Francisco Opera are also available on DVD.
In 2004, Griffey, accompanied by collaborator and fellow North Carolinian Warren Jones performed his solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall, performing a song composed by Andre Preven, who accompanied Griffey and Jones on piano during the performance.
Anthony Dean Griffey is Professor of the Practice at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.