Hailed by the Boston Globe as “an altogether exceptional artist” who “has voice, technique, musicianship, diction, and poetry in his soul,” four-time Grammy Award-winning American tenor and pedagogue Anthony Dean Griffey has captured critical and popular acclaim on opera, concert and recital stages around the world. Equally sought after as a teacher and adjudicator, Griffey is a perennial judge of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and a regular presence at masterclasses and workshops all over the world. Since 2015 Griffey has served as Professor of Voice at the University of Rochester- Eastman School of Music. Performance highlights of his 2019/20 season include Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg conducted by Alan Gilbert, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Seattle Symphony, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and recitals at the Morgan Library and Wingate University.
In a career spanning over 25 years, Griffey has performed leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Bastille, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, San Diego Opera, Canadian Opera Company and Opera Australia; as well as made operatic appearances at the Glyndebourne, Bregenz, Glimmerglass, Mostly Mozart, Saito Kinen and Aspen festivals. With an operatic repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Britten, Griffey is best known for his interpretation of the title role in Peter Grimes, which he has sung all over the world. Of his 2008 performances at the Metropolitan Opera, New York Magazine said: “The tenor Anthony Dean Griffey navigates the straits between utterance and intention with great deftness, making his Peter one of the most textured and subtle characters to dominate the Met’s vast stage in a long time.” Other notable roles in Griffey’s repertoire are Jimmy in Kurt Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at Los Angeles Opera (for which he won two Grammy Awards following the release of the recording in 2009) and the Edinburgh Festival; Mitch in Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire (which was composed specifically for him) at San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Washington National Opera; Sam Polk in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah (at the Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago) and Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio at Opera Philadelphia and Florentine Opera.
A celebrated concert performer, Griffey sings a wide variety of repertoire ranging from Bach and Mozart to Schoenberg, Janáček, Mahler and Stravinsky. He appears regularly with many distinguished international orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Orquesta Nacional de España in Madrid, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland at the Concertgebouw, and the NJK Symphony Orchestra and Saito Kinen Orchestra in Japan. He has also appeared in the world’s most prominent festivals including the BBC Proms and the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Aspen Music, Edinburgh, Lanaudière, and Saito Kinen festivals. The list of acclaimed conductors he has worked with includes James Conlon, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Mark Elder, Christoph Eschenbach, Donald Runnicles, Valery Gergiev, Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Andre Previn, Yannick Nezet – Seguin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo de Waart, Jaap van Zweden
An avid recitalist, Griffey made his Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall recital debut in 2004, where André Previn composed and dedicated a song cycle for him and accompanied him on the piano. Griffey has also been presented with his long-time pianist and collaborator Warren Jones by many prestigious recital series throughout the U.S. including San Francisco Performances, Vocal Arts DC at the Kennedy Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Schubert Club in Saint Paul, North Carolina School of the Arts, Music Academy of the West, the George London Foundation, and at the Cleveland Art Song, Ravinia, Marlboro and Toronto Summer Music festivals. In the spring of 2006 he had the distinction of being invited by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to perform a recital at the Supreme Court of the United States.
A four time Grammy-winning recording artist, Griffey has been featured on the labels of Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, EMI Classics, RCA, Phillips and Naxos. Griffey was also a recipient of the Helpmann Award and Green Room Award for his 2011 appearance in Floyd’s Of Mice and Men with Opera Australia. In 2011 Griffey was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.
From 2009 to 2012 Griffey served as Professor of The Practice at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill and from 2012 to 2014 he held the position of Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at the University of North Carolina – School of the Arts. He has given masterclasses all over the world, including at the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Program, Music Academy of the West and the Aspen Festival, where Griffey has also served on the voice faculty.
M.M and Performer’s Certificate, Eastman School of Music – University of Rochester
Artist’s Diploma, The Juilliard School
Alumnus, Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Program (1994-1997)