Leo An

Born in Seoul, he graduated in singing at the National University of Korea in his city in 2001 and then at the G. Verdi Conservatory of Milan. After moving to Italy he studied singing with Maestro Pier Mi-randa Ferraro. He is the winner of prestigious opera competitions, including the "Francisco Viñas" in Barcelona, the "Belvedere" in Wien and the "Voci Verdiane" in Busseto. He is currently Professor at the "Anyang" University in South Korea.

He is distinguished in Verdi's repertoire by interpreting the protagonist role of Rigoletto in Verona's Theaters, Comunale di Firenze, Bellini of Catania, São Carlos of Lisbon, Lirico of Cagliari, Vittoriale of Gardone Riviera, Landestheater in Bregenz, Slowak National Theatre of Bratislava, State Opera in Prague , G. Verdi Auditorium of Milan.

He was Nabucco at the Washington Opera, at the Petruzzelli of Bari and at the Lirico of Cagliari where he was also Gerard in Andrea Chenier, Tonio in Pagliacci, Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, Simone in Si-mon Boccanegra conducted by Maestro Chung, Escamillo in Carmen, Rigoletto, Scarpia in Tosca and Germont in La Traviata. He sang title role of Falstaff and Germont in La Traviata at the National Opera House in Seoul and Germont in Seoul Arts Center and for Slovak National Theatre. He is an applauded Sharpless in Madama Butterflyal at Daegu Opera House (South Korea) and Ping in Turan-dot in the Great Theaters of Brescia, Donizetti of Bergamo, Ponchielli of Cremona, Fraschini of Pavia and Sociale of Como (2016/2017).

He performed Scarpia in Tosca at the Teatro Verdi of Sassari, at the Lirico of Cagliari, at the Verdi of Trieste; Ping in Turandot at the Royal Opera House of Muscat (Oman), at the Puccini's Festival of Tor-re del Lago, at Teatro del Giglio of Lucca, at Teatro Sociale of Mantua and Coccia di Novara; Marcello in La Bohème at the Bassano del Grappa Opera Festival; title role of Torquato Tasso at the Donizetti Theater of Bergamo; Il Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore at the Teatro delle Muse in Ancona, at the Luglio Musicale Trapanese, at the Coccia of Novara and at the Teatro Vanemuine in Tartu (Estonia); Ezio in Attila at the Verona Philharmonic Theater and in St Gallen Theatre; Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera at the Teatro Comunale of Florence; Amonasro in Aida at Luglio Musicale Trapanese; the Marquis de Bois Doré in Lauriane at the São Carlos Theater in Lisbon; Valentine in Faust at the Teatro Coccia of Novara; William in William Tell at the Comunale of Bologna; Tonio in Pagliacci and Alfio in Cavaller-ia Rusticana in the Verdi Theater of Pisa, Giglio di Lucca and Goldoni of Livorno. For the Festival of St Gallen he is Francesco Foscari in I Due Foscari, Alfonso VI in La Favorita and performs in the Mass of Glory by G. Puccini

He recently was Rigoletto at the Daegu Opera, at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, at Slovak National Theatre, Gerard in Andrea Chenier and Scarpia in Tosca at Petruzzelli Theatre of Bari, Giorgio Ger-mont in Traviata for Gloria Opera at Seoul Arts Center.

Among his future engagements: Scarpia in Tosca at Teatro del Giglio of Lucca and Theatres of Tusca-ny of Livorno and Pisa, Rigoletto at Politeama Greco of Lecce, Gerard at Teatro Sociale of Rovigo.