Nmon Ford

Baritone

Panamanian-American baritone Nmon Ford’s recent highlights include his exceptionally reviewed performances as Crown in the new production of Porgy & Bess at English National Opera and later at Dutch National Opera. He stepped into new territory writing his own piece, Orpheus: a house music opera, slated for a premiere run in March 2020 at London’s Young Vic Theatre, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, and at Dallas Symphony Orchestra he sang A Sea Symphony under the baton of Robert Spano. Appearing in the title role Don Giovanni at Dorset Opera Festival brought him further outstanding reviews, and he travels to Denver to join the cast of Opera Colorado’s Carmen as Escamillo.  Past successes include Jochanaan Salome with Patricia Racette at Pittsburgh Opera, Don Pizzaro Fidelio with Christine Goerke at Cincinnati Opera, and in concert with Atlanta Symphony Iago 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 Tosca, Luna Il Trovatore, title role Billy Budd, The Traveler Death in Venice, and Thoas Iphigenie et Tauride under the baton of Simone Young. Other roles in the artist’s operatic repertoire include Kurwenal Tristan und Isolde, Telramund Lohengrin, Amonasro Aida, Renato Un Ballo in Maschera, Posa Don Carlo, Pere Germont La Traviata and the title role Rigoletto.

“Ford – last seen in the UK as Crown in the ENO production of Porgy and Bess – was a casting coup for Dorset’s artistic director, Roderick Kennedy. The audience was unable to take its eyes off this Don as he waltzed, pirouetted and jived his way through the role with supreme confidence, accompanied by his warm, ample, seductive baritone. This was a consummate performance that simply knocked spots off…” Martina Bet, The Express, 31 August 2021

 

“Of the major characters, only Nmon Ford as Bess’s violent lover Crown has the necessary vocal heft and stage presence, and his ability to cow the entire community during the storm scene arouses a genuine thrill of terror.”  Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 12 October 2018

“Calm and collected, Nmon Ford, as the Celebrant, made a sweet sound…”

NY Times, Zachary Woolfe, 18 July 2018

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)
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

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