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Nmon Ford

Pizarro, Baritone

Nmon Ford

Biography

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 Jochanaan 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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