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Rochester Review
May-June 2009
Vol. 71, No. 5

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A Double Grammy
griffey ‘RISE’-ING STAR: Griffey earned two Grammys for his performance in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. (Photo: Robert Millard)

Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey ’01E (MM) picked up two Grammy Awards this winter for his performance in the Los Angeles Opera’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. The DVD recording of the Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht opera won in the categories of Best Opera Recording, which is presented to the conductor, album producer, and principal soloists, and Best Classical Album, which goes to the artists and album producer.

In the Best Opera Recording category, Griffey beat out two other Eastman nominees: Paul O’Dette, a professor of lute, who was a conductor on the album Lully: Psyche, and Renée Fleming ’83E (MM), who performed Tatiana on the DVD recording of the Metropolitan Opera production of Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky.