Nmon Ford

Baritone

"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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Nmon Ford opens the 2017-18 season with his appearance at Atlanta Symphony in the role of Iago Otello. He travels to Kansas City Symphony for performances of Brahms Requiem and then to London appearing in Bernstein’s Songfest cycle with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre. At Madison Opera the artist sings the role or Riolobo Florencia en el Amazonas.

Last season Nmon Ford returned 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 Jocanaan against Patricia Racette’s Salome and again won exceptional reviews with the press calling him “powerful”, “outstanding”, “striking” and “resonant”. Other recent engagements include The Creation with Atlanta Symphony at performances of Elijah at Pomona College, Claremont.

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.

The artist’s engagements in Italy include his debut at Teatro delle Muse Ancona in the title role The Emperor Jones (c: Bruno Bartoletti) and in the title role Don Giovanni, a role he also sang in Pier Luigi Pizzi's production at Teatro Comunale di Bologna; additionally, he appeared at Sferisterio Festival in new productions of Attila and Juditha Triumphans, and as Escamillo Carmen in both Padova and Rovigo.

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FIDELIO, CINCINNATI OPERA, July 2016

July 2016

The impressive bass Nmon Ford was the villainous Pizarro…

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

Nmon Ford’s Concert Repertoire

ADAMS

El Niño

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
Messiah
Samson

HAYDN

Creation

HIGDON

Dooryard Bloom

LESHNOFF

Zohar

MAHLER

Das Lied von der Erde
Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Kindertotenlieder
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Rückertlieder
Symphony 8

MENDELSSOHN

Elijah

MOZART

Concert Aria, "Mentre ti lascio, o flglia"
Concert Aria, "Per pietà, non ricercate"

ORFF

Carmina Burana

RACHMANINOV

The Bells

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

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)

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