“Baritone Nmon Ford sang the work beautifully, with a supple tone and thoughtful coloring...a baritone with a deep, resonant timbre.”
New York Times
“Nmon Ford cuts a striking figure. This Grammy-winning, bodybuilding baritone may look like an escapee from an upmarket catwalk, yet he sings with intelligent musicality and a warm, expressive upper range, and brings both grace and energy to the role.”
“Some of music's greatest debuts have illness to thank. A celebrated artist cancels, and a new young gun steps in at the last minute to win raves. Los Angeles Philharmonic audiences over the weekend enjoyed one such occasion when Panamanian-American baritone Nmon Ford substituted for Russian opera specialist Vladimir Ognovenko, who had to cancel his solo performances in Shostakovich's Symphony No. 13, "Babi Yar."
Saturday night, with inspired conductor James Conlon on the podium, Ford led with uncommon vocal power and emotional richness a full orchestra and the men of the Pacific Chorale through Shostakovich's most tragic and human work.
Ford wasn't just up to the task. With stentorian tone, intense vibrato, superb diction and a genuinely heartfelt connection to the material, he seemed the only voice fit at the moment to bring these musical poems to life.”
Los Angeles Times
“An unending flow of power and a generous helping of charm.”
— Hollywood Reporter
“Nmon Ford likewise delivered vocal and theatrical rewards as di Luna, including his share of added high notes. The baritone's distinctive timbre, with a fast vibrato, generated terrific intensity...his account of "Il balen" taken very slowly and nicely inflected with rubato.