Bruce Ford

Biography

Born: August 15, 1956; Lubbock, TX  
Bruce Ford is known as one of the finest bel canto tenors of his generation and is a luminary in the Rossini and Donizetti revival of the '90s onward, as well as in Mozart. He first studied voice at West State University in Canyon, TX, and later at Texas Tech University. He was admitted to the Houston Opera Studio (the training company of the Houston Grand Opera), where he studied under Elena Nikolaidi and John Gillas. He made his stage debut at Read more the HGO as the abbot in Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur (a comprimario role), as well as singing in the American premiere of Philip Glass' The Madrigal Opera in 1981 and the world premiere of Carlisle Floyd's Willie Stark. He appeared in various small and medium-sized theaters in Europe and the United States during the early '80s, including the Minnesota Opera where he sang Peccadillo in the world premiere of P.D.Q. Bach's (Peter Schickele) The Abduction of Figaro. He made his Wexford debut in 1986 as Argirio in Rossini's Tancredi, which brought him to wider attention in the bel canto field. He began his long association with the Pesaro Festival in 1990 and in 1991, he made his Covent Garden debut as Count Almaviva in Rossini's The Barber of Seville. He sang Ernesto for his Chicago Lyric Opera debut in 1995. His Metropolitan Opera debut came in 1997 as Almaviva. He has recorded widely, often in world-premiere recordings of forgotten bel canto operas. Read less
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    Rossini: Ricciardo E Zoraide / Parry, Matteuzzi, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 1068252 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Nelly Miricioiu,  Alastair Miles,  Bruce Ford,  Della Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Rossini: Armide / Scimone, I Solisti Veneti
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94222 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Cecilia Gasdia,  Chris Merritt,  William Matteuzzi,  Bruce Ford  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  I Solisti Veneti
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    Celebrating 40 Years - Then And Now
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 248 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Gioachino Rossini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giovanni Pacini  ... 
    Performer:  Thora Einarsdottir,  Toby Spence,  Bulent Bezduz,  Colin Lee  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry,  Maurizio Benini,  James Judd,  Alun Francis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir  ... 
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    Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri / Larmore, Ford, Alaimo
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107127 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Anthony Smith,  Simone Alaimo,  Maria José Trullu,  Jeannette Fischer  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Campanella
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris National Opera Orchestra,  Paris National Opera Chorus
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    Rediscovered - Mayr: Opera Highlights / Parry, Severini, Kenny, Smythe, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 244 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Simone Mayr
    Performer:  Penelope Walker,  Daniela Barcellona,  Antonio Siragusa,  Marilyn Hill Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry,  Tiziano Severini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Trieste Teatro Verdi Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
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    Rossini: Soirees Musicales, Songs & Duets / Persson, Doufexis, Ford, Vignoles
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67647 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Stella Doufexis,  Roger Vignoles,  Bruce Ford,  Miah Persson
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    Pacini: Alessandro Nell' Indie / Parry, Ford, Larmore, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 35 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giovanni Pacini
    Performer:  Bruce Ford,  Jennifer Larmore,  Dean Robinson,  Laura Claycomb
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
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    Il Salotto Vol 11 - La Serenata / Ford, Montague, Harper
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 242 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amédée de Beauplan,  Angelo Mariani,  Pietro Antonio Coppola,  Antoine Elwart  ... 
    Performer:  David Harper,  Diana Montague,  Majella Cullagh,  Barry Banks  ... 
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    Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini / Norrington, Ford, Groop
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93105 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Franz Hawlata,  Bruce Ford,  Monica Groop,  Christopher Maltman  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle German Radio Chorus Leipzig,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Mozart: Mitridate / Norrington, Ford, Sieden, Oelze
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 703062 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Heidi Grant Murphy,  Larisa Rudakova,  Cyndia Sieden,  Bruce Ford  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Salzburg
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    Il Salotto Vol 9 - Ora Divina - The Sublime Hour
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 239 Release Date: 01/16/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Angelo Mariani,  Lord (John Fane) Burghersh,  Fabio Campana,  Edoardo Vera  ... 
    Performer:  Bruce Ford,  David Harper,  Majella Cullagh,  Diana Montague  ... 
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    Rossini: Adelaide De Borgogna / Carella, Cullagh, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 32 Release Date: 01/16/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Mark Wilde,  Ashley Catling,  Marco Palazzi,  Jennifer Larmore  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuliano Carella
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Chorus,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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    Pacini Rediscovered / Massis, Larmore, Cullagh, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 238 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Pacini
    Performer:  Bruce Ford,  Yvonne Kenny,  Susan McCulloch,  William Matteuzzi  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry,  Antonello Allemandi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Paventa Insano - Pacini, Mercadante / Parry, Cullagh, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 236 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Pacini,  Saverio Mercadante
    Performer:  Annick Massis,  Alan Opie,  Henry Waddington,  Roland Wood  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Il Salotto Vol 8 - Notturno - Music For The Night
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 235 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Costa,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini,  Federico Ricci  ... 
    Performer:  Bruce Ford,  Antoine Palloc,  Jennifer Larmore,  Alastair Miles  ... 
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    Donizetti: Pia De' Tolomei / Parry, Cullagh, Custer, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 30 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Roberto Servile,  Bruce Ford,  Mirco Palazzi,  Patrizia Biccire  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Vocal Teamwork - Rare Operatic Ensembles
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 233 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carlo Coccia,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ferdinando Paër,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Alastair Miles,  Anne Mason,  Bruce Ford,  Mark Glanville  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry,  John Matheson,  Giuliano Carella,  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Rossini: Ermione / Antonacci, Davis, Et Al
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2850 Release Date: 11/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Paul Nilon,  Julie Unwin,  Lorna Windsor,  Gwynne Howell  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Bravura Diva / Jennifer Larmore
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 231 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giovanni Pacini,  Lauro Rossi,  Luigi Arditi  ... 
    Performer:  Jennifer Larmore,  Bruce Ford,  Majella Cullagh,  David Harper
    Conductor:  Giuliano Carella,  David Parry,  Antonello Allemandi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Donizetti: Elvida / Allemandi, Massis, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 29 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Pietro Spagnoli,  Jennifer Larmore,  Bruce Ford,  Anne-Marie Gibbons  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonello Allemandi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
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    Donizetti: Francesca Di Foix / Allemandi, Massis, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 28 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Annick Massis,  Pietro Spagnoli,  Jennifer Larmore,  Bruce Ford  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonello Allemandi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
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    Il Salotto Vol 7 - Primo Dolce Affano / Vidal, Harper, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 230 Release Date: 01/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Federico Ricci,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  David Harper,  Bruce Ford,  Manuela Custer,  Elisabeth Vidal  ... 
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    Rossini: Zelmira / Benini, Futral, Ford, Custer, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 27 Release Date: 10/12/2004   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Elizabeth Futral,  Bruce Ford,  Manuela Custer,  Antonio Siragusa  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurizio Benini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Scottish Chamber Chorus
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    The Young Donizetti / Ford, Kenny, Montague, Parry, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 229 Release Date: 10/12/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Majella Cullagh,  Diana Montague,  Annick Massis,  Jennifer Larmore  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry,  Alun Francis,  Antonello Allemandi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mercadante: Emma D'antiochia / Parry, Miricioiu, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 26 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Saverio Mercadante
    Performer:  Bruce Ford,  Maria Costanza Nocentini,  Rebecca von Lipinski,  Colin Lee  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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