Panamanian-American baritone, Nmon Ford, steps into new territory in 2020 by performing the title role Orpheus: a house music opera, written by the artist, which has a Spring run scheduled at London’s Young Vic Theatre directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. At Dallas Symphony Orchestra he sings performances of A Sea Symphony under the baton of Robert Spano. No stranger to London, Nmon won exceptional reviews when he appeared as Crown in Porgy & Bess last season in a new production which transfers this season to the Metropolitan Opera; Nmon returns to the role in Vienna, Austria, next year. Other roles recent appearances include Jochanaan in Salome with Patricia Racette at Pittsburgh Opera, Don Pizzaro in Fidelio with Christine Goerke at Cincinnati Opera and in concert with Atlanta Symphony, Iago in Otello with Russell Thomas in the title role.
Earlier in his career Mr Ford sang often at Hamburg State Opera in Germany and appeared as Scarpia in Tosca, Luna in Il Trovatore, the title role in Billy Budd, The Traveler in Death in Venice, and Thoas in Iphigenie en Tauride under the baton of Simone Young. Other roles in the artist’s operatic repertoire include Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde, Telramund in Lohengrin, Amonasro in Aida, Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera, Posa in Don Carlo, Pere Germont in La Traviata and the title role in Rigoletto.
Often appearing on the concert platform with the great orchestras of the world, Nmon Ford is a popular choice for the principal baritone part in Bernstein’s Songfest which he recently sang with two different BBC orchestras in the UK–in Scotland and at the Barbican Centre in London. At the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Centre in 2018, he took the part of the Celebrant in Bernstein’s Mass which won him great accolades and outstanding reviews. Further concert repertoire comprises Shostakovich’s Thirteenth Symphony (Babi Yar), Carmina Burana, the Requiem of Brahms and of Faure, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Kindertotenlieder,
and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
His recordings include two Grammy-award winning discs: Naxos’ Songs of
Innocence and Experience, and Teldarc’s Transmigrations. With Atlanta Symphony under conductor Robert Spano, he recorded Jennifer Higdon’s Dooryard Bloom, written for him. Nmon received critical acclaim at Spoleto Festival in the title role Don Giovanni (c: Emmanuel Villaume); he appeared as Riolobo at Cincinnati Opera and at Utah Opera, and at Michigan Opera Theater as Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles; further roles include Amfortas in Parsifal at Los Angeles Opera in Robert Wilson’s production (c: Kent Nagano) where he covered Plácido Domingo; Luna in Il trovatore at Virginia Opera where he also sang Iago in Otello; in the title role of Ernest Bloch’s Macbeth in a new production at Chicago Opera Theatre and at Long Beach Opera; Belcore in L’elisir d’amore at San Francisco Opera (c: Maurizio Barbacini) and at Opera Memphis he sang the role of Amonasro in Aida.
In Hungary, he sang Escamillo in 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 in 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 in Carmen in both Padova and Rovigo.
His awards include First Place in the Wagner Division of the Liederkranz Foundation of New York Competition, as well as major prizes from the Gerda Lissner Foundation and the George London Foundation. He earned his Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in music from the University of Southern California, where he graduated with honors for both degrees.