LEO AN made his professional debut in 1997 as Malatesta in Don Pasquale at Seoul Arts Center where in the following years he will sing the protagonist role of Gianni Schicchi, Guglielmo in Così Fan Tutte, Marcello in La Bohème. He made his Italian debut in 2000 as Giorgio Germont in La Tra-viata at Teatro Verdi of Busseto.
He is the winner of international singing competitions, the most important being:
Special Prize at the Neue Stimmen Competition, Germany, 1989;
3rd Prize at the 37 International Competition “Francisco Vinas”, Barcelona, Spain, 2000;1st Prize and Voce Verdiana Prize at The 40 International Singing Competition Voci Verdiane in Busseto, Italy, 2000;3rd Prize at the 21 Hans Gobor Belvedere Competition, Austria, 2002; 3rd Prize at the Vincenzo Bellini Competition, Italy 2002; 1st Prize and the Public Prize at the Jaume Aragall Competition, Spain 2004.
This led to many engagements in Italy and worldwide: Comunale of Bologna, Maggio Fiorentino of Florence, Regio of Turin, Massimo Bellini of Catania, Petruzzelli of Bari, Filarmonico of Verona, Verdi of Trieste, Sociale of Como, Donizetti’s Theatre of Bergamo, Grande of Brescia, Alighieri’s Theatre of Ravenna, Coccia of Novara, Goldoni’s Theatre of Livorno, Giglio of Lucca, G. Verdi Auditorium of Milan, Verdi of Pisa, Fraschini of Pavia, Ponchielli of Cremona, Politeama Greco of Lecce, Ente Luglio Trapanese, Ente De Carolis of Sassari, Lirico of Cagliari, Delle Muse of Ancona, Puccini Fes-tival of Torre Del Lago, Sao Carlos of Lisbona, Daegu Opera House, Busan Opera House, Wash-ington National Opera, Sejong Theatre of Seoul, Seoul Arts Center, Royal Opera House Muscat (Oman), Theater St. Gallen, Innsbruck Landestheater, Landestheater in Bregenz, Slowak National Theatre of Bratislava, State Opera in Prague, Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Some of his most important protagonist roles are Rigoletto, Nabucco, Falstaff, Simon Boccanegra, Il Conte di Luna in Trovatore, Ezio in Attila, Amonasro in Aida, Iago in Otello, Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera, Germont in La Traviata, Francesco Foscari in I Due Foscari, Valentine in Faust, Scarpia in Tosca, Ping in Turandot, Marcello in La Boheme, Sharpless Madama Butterfly, Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, Gerard in Andrea Chenier, Tonio in Pagliacci, Escamillo in Carmen, Alfio in Cavalleria Ru-sticana. Torquato Tasso, William Tell, Alfonso VI in La Favorita.
Major conductors with whom he collaborates are: P. Domingo, Y. Abell, D. Oren, C. Goldstein, A. Battistoni, G. La Malfa, F. Carminati, M. Gamba, A. Pirolli, G. Gelmetti, A. Casellati, M. Stefanelli, M. Guidarini, V. Conta, S. Rolli, M. W. Chung, major directors: F. Zeffirelli, I. Stefanutti, P. Maestrini, H. De Hana, J.F. Lee, G. Frigeni, F.R. Mora, F. Bertolani, L. Muscato, A. Bernard, G. Lavaudant etc.
Mrs An’s past season 2017 included Marcello in La Bohème at Busan Opera House, Giorgio Ger-mont in La Traviata at Sejong Opera in Seoul, Rigoletto at Daegu Opera House, Scarpia in Tosca at Verdi’s Theatre of Trieste, Lescaut in Manon Lescaut at the Petruzzelli of Bari.
The 2018 season included Rigoletto at the Daegu Opera, Rigoletto at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Rigoletto at the Slovak National Theatre, Gerard in Andrea Chenier at the Petruzzelli of Bari, Giorgio Germont in Traviata at Seoul Arts Center.
The 2019 season included Scarpia in Tosca at the Petruzzelli of Bari, Scarpia in Tosca at the Giglio of Lucca and at the Verdi’s Theatre of Pisa, Rigoletto at the Politeama Greco of Lecce.
The 2020 season will include Scarpia in Tosca at the Goldoni’s Theatre of Livorno, Gerard in An-drea Chenier at the Sociale of Rovigo, Scarpia at the Massimo Bellini of Catania, Ping in Turandot for Oper Im Steinbruch – Austria.
Born in Seoul in 1978, He graduated in singing in 2001 at the National University of Korea in Seoul and at the G. Verdi Conservatory of Milan. After moving to Italy he studied singing with Maestro Pier Miranda Ferraro. He is currently Professor at the “Anyang” University in South Korea, where he currently resides.