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 debuts this season, most recently with Michigan Opera Theater as Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles. After performing Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire and he was immediately re-engaged by the ONPL for Mahler's Kindertotenlieder and Faure's Requiem. In addition to Carmina Burana with the Kalamazoo Symphony, he also appears with Utah Opera in Florencia en al Amazonas, Opera de Bordeaux in Salome and Madison Opera’s Tosca.
He appeared at Teatro Comunale di Bologna in the title role of Don Giovanni, followed by Escamillo (Carmen) at Palm Beach Opera and the Szeged Open-Air Festival in Hungary, 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.
He made his Italian debut in Ancona in the title role of a new production of The Emperor Jones 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 in Florencia and The Traveler in 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.
In recent seasons 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 included Orff's Carmina Burana with the Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.
Nmon has additionally appeared with San Francisco Opera, Teatro Sociale di Rovigo, Los Angeles Opera, Sferisterio Opera Festival, and Portland Opera, Nmon has worked with conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, Bruno Bartoletti, Kent Nagano, Emmanuel Villaume, Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, John Adams, and Marin Alsop and such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, the National Symphony, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's.
As an award-winning composer and arranger, Nmon was the vocal arranger for the CD Vai DaCapo – Songs of Delight, as well as the concert film of the same name. He wrote and produced “CELEBRATE!”, the theme song for the top-rated syndicated USA radio show A Celebration of Womanhood . 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.
In addition to his Grammy-winning releases, Nmon has recorded for Universal/Decca , Koch International (Villa-Lobos' Symphony #10, "Amerindia"), and Three Things Records (The Sweetest Brilliance--Songs of Bolcom and Weinstein).