A featured soloist on the 2010 Grammy Award-winning Transmigrations(Telarc) and the four-time 2006 Grammy Award-winning (including "Best Classical Recording") Songs of Innocence and of Experience (Naxos), Panamanian-American baritone Nmon Ford enjoyed many successful major debuts this season, most recently with Michigan Opera Theater as Zurga in the Zandra Rhodes production of Les pêcheurs de perles. After performing Mahler'sLieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire (ONPL) conducted by John Axelrod, he was immediately re-engaged by the ONPL for Mahler's Kindertotenlieder and Faure's Requiem. He appeared at Teatro Comunale di Bologna in the title role of Pier Luigi Pizzi's production ofDon Giovanni, followed by Escamillo (Carmen) at the Szeged Open-Air Festival in Hungary. Late last season he made his first appearances at the Sferisterio Festival in Macerata, Italy in the title role of a new production of Attila and as Holofernes in a new production of Juditha Triumphans, preceded by Don Giovanni at Teatro delle Muse in Ancona and Escamillo (Carmen) at Palm Beach Opera. He made his Italian debut in Ancona in the title role of a new production of The Emperor Jones directed by Henning Brockhaus and conducted by Bruno Bartoletti (for which he received the Franco Corelli Award for the outstanding debut of the season), his company debut with Cincinnati Opera as Riolobo in Francesca Zambello's production of Florencia en el Amazonas, and his role debut as The Traveler in a new production of Death in Venice at Hamburg State Opera. He debuted the roles of Di Luna (Il trovatore) with Virginia Opera and Thoas (Iphigénie en Tauride) with Hamburg State Opera, and bowed as Mendelssohn's Elijah at Washington National Cathedral with the Cathedral Choral Society conducted by J. Reilly Lewis.
In recent seasons he sang both Scarpia (Tosca) and the title role in a new production of Billy Budd with Hamburg Opera; with the Atlanta Symphony conducted by Robert Spano, he recorded Jennifer Higdon's Dooryard Bloom(written for Mr. Ford) and Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music for Telarc. He made his Ravinia Festival debut with James Conlon conducting the Chicago Symphony in Shostakovich's Symphony #13 (“Babi Yar”), which he also performed with Maestro Conlon and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Concert Hall. Additional engagements include Orff's Carmina Burana with the Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and being responsible for the role of Amfortas (Parsifal) with Los Angeles Opera, in a production by Robert Wilson starring Plácido Domingo and conducted by Kent Nagano. He received critical acclaim at Spoleto Festival USA as Don Giovanni, in a production by Günter Krämer conducted by Emmanuel Villaume. Having begun his musical training in piano at age three, Nmon has since appeared with Hamburg Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, San Francisco Opera, Teatro delle Muse Ancona, Teatro Sociale di Rovigo, Los Angeles Opera, Sferisterio Opera Festival, Cincinnati Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, Utah Opera, Portland Opera, Opera Memphis, and Virginia Opera in roles such as Iago (Otello), Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde), Scarpia (Tosca), Amfortas (Parsifal), Renato (Un ballo in maschera), Amonasro (Aïda), Germont (La traviata), Escamillo (Carmen), Don Giovanni, and the High Priest (Samson et Dalila). Other roles include Posa (Don Carlo), Jochanaan (Salome), and Telramund (Lohengrin).
Nmon has worked with conductors James Conlon, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, Bruno Bartoletti, Kent Nagano, Emmanuel Villaume, Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, John Adams, and Marin Alsop. His concert appearances include the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the National Symphony, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and he has given recitals throughout the Americas and Europe. He made his New York recital debut with the Marilyn Horne Foundation's "On Wings of Song" Series at the Kosciuszko Foundation; under the Foundation's auspices he has fulfilled artist's residencies with the New Jersey Symphony, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and the Huntsville Chamber Music Guild in Alabama.
As an award-winning composer and arranger, Nmon was the vocal arranger for the album Vai DaCapo – Songs of Delight, as well as the concert film of the same name. His performance of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is featured on the new release CLASSICAL ROCK, a crossover project combining rock and classical music arranged for rock band and orchestra. He wrote and produced “CELEBRATE!”, the theme song for the top-rated syndicated USA radio show "A Celebration of Womanhood"; "CELEBRATE!" is also the official song for the new COW book and international conference. The video for his song, "Nocturne (Dov'è l'amore)", has received critical acclaim worldwide, and he is presently completing several songs for the soundtrack of a major motion picture, as well as collaborating with next-generation pop, hip-hop, and rock artists on projects scheduled for major label release. Nmon has also appeared as a lead actor in several highly regarded independent films, including the festival-bound “Being Frank,” Faithless,” and “Violent Peace.”
In addition to his Grammy-winning Naxos and Telarc releases, Nmon has recorded for Universal/Decca (Vai DaCapo - Songs of Delight), Koch International (Villa-Lobos' Symphony #10, "Amerindia"), and In-Akustik (CLASSICAL ROCK). His award recognitions include First Place in the Wagner Division of the Liederkranz Foundation of New York Competition, as well as prizes from the Gerda Lissner Foundation and the George London Foundation. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the University of Southern California, where he graduated cum laude and was named Outstanding Vocal Arts Graduate for both degrees.