Nmon Ford


"Baritone Nmon Ford was outstanding as Jochanaan. His opening lines were surprisingly powerful, sung as they were from under the stage in the cistern. But he sang with resonant dignity throughout."

Mark Kanny, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

"Nmon Ford’s lyrical baritone was effective in his passages of religious fervor … he was a striking, gaunt zealot…"

Robert Croan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Equally gripping was the terrific baritone Nmon Ford...his anger was palpable as he declared his plan for vengeance, and his presence electrified whenever he was on the stage."

Janelle Gelfand, USA Today Cincinnati

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In 2016, Nmon Ford returns to the American operatic landscape as a baritone of some repute in dramatic repertoire.  Appearing as Don Pizzaro Fidelio alongside Christine Goerke at Cincinnati Opera, USA Today said “Equally gripping was the terrific baritone Nmon Ford, who embodied the evil Pizarro with wicked abandon. His anger was palpable as he declared his plan for vengeance, and his presence electrified whenever he was on the stage.” (Janelle Gelfand, July 8, 2016).  Nmon continued to Pittsburgh Opera where he sang the role of Jochanaan against Patricia Racette’s Salome and again won exceptional reviews with the press calling him “powerful”, “outstanding”, “striking” and “resonant”.

Past successes include his tenure in the ensemble at Staatsoper Hamburg, where he made role debuts as Scarpia Tosca, title role Billy Budd, The Traveler Death in Venice, Thoas Iphigénie en Tauride and Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  In Hungary, he sang Escamillo Carmen at the Szeged Open-Air Festival, and he performed at Opéra National de Bordeaux as Jochanaan in a new production of Salome.

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July 2016

The impressive bass Nmon Ford was the villainous Pizarro…

Rafael de Acha, Seen and Heard International, July 9 2016

Nmon Ford’s Opera Repertoire

BERLIOZ Samson et Dalila (Le grand prêtre)
BIZET Carmen (Escamillo)
Les pêcheurs de perles (Zurga)
BLOCH Macbeth (Macbeth)
CATÁN Florencia en el Amazonas (Riolobo)
GIORDANO Andrea Chénier (Carlo Gérard)
GRUENBERG The Emperor Jones (Brutus Jones)
LEONCAVALLO I pagliacci (Tonio)
MASCAGNI Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
MASSENET Hérodiade (Hérode)
MOZART Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni)
PUCCINI Tosca (Scarpia)
STRAUSS, R. Die Liebe der Danae (Jupiter)
Salome (Jochanaan)
VERDI Aïda (Amonasro)
Un ballo in maschera (Renato)
Don Carlo (Posa)
Ernani (Don Carlo)
Macbeth (Macbeth)
Nabucco (Nabucco)
Otello (Iago)
La traviata (Germont)
Il trovatore (di Luna)
Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
WAGNER Lohengrin (Telramund)
Parsifal (Amfortas, Klingsor)
Tristan und Isolde (Kurwenal)

Nmon Ford’s Concert Repertoire

BACH, J.S. Cantata no.205
St. Matthew Passion
BEETHOVEN Symphony 9
BERLIOZ L'enfance du Christ
BLOCH Sacred Service
BOLCOM Songs of Innocence and of Experience
BRAHMS Ein deutsches Requiem
BRITTEN War Requiem
DEBUSSY L'enfant prodigue
Trois ballades de François Villon
DELIUS Sea Drift
DE FALLA Sietes cançiones populares Españolas
ELGAR The Dream of Gerontius
ELLINGTON Sacred Songs
FAURÉ Requiem
HANDEL Judas Maccabeus
HAYDN Creation
HIGDON Dooryard Bloom
MAHLER Das Lied von der Erde
Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Symphony 8
MOZART Concert Aria, "Mentre ti lascio, o flglia"
Concert Aria, "Per pietà, non ricercate"
ORFF Carmina Burana
RAVEL Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
THEOFANIDIS Creation/Creator
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Five Mystical Songs
Sea Symphony
Serenade to Music
VILLA-LOBOS Symphony 10, "Amerindia"
WALTON Belshazzar's Feast

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