Leon Kim - Baritone - W Print

Born in Seoul he started his studies in singing in Han-Yang under the guidance of the baritone Sunghyun Ko and graduated in 2013.

He then moved to Italy to specialize for his Master degree at the Conservatory “L. Cherubini” in Florence under the guidance of Donatella Debolini. He now collaborates with the Accademia at the Opera in Florence, where he will be engaged in several productions as soloist.

Mr. Kim was finalist at the 2016 International Contest “Francisco Viñas” and at the International Contest for opera singers in Linz, Austria. Mr. Kim is recipient of important prizes: first prize at the National Contest for lyric singer “Sung-Jung” and “National Opera” in Seoul and other important prizes in his country; first Prize at the International Contest “Cappuccili, Patanè, Respighi” (2015); first Prize and Special Prizes at the International Lyric Contest “Giulio Neri” in Torrita di Siena (2016); first Prize and Special Prizes at the International Contest for Young Opera Singers “Riccardo Zandonai” in Riva del Garda (2016); Second Prize at the Clip Contest in Portofino (2016); Second Prize at the “Spiros Argiris” Contest in Sarzana (2016); Third Prize at the “Iris Adami Corradetti” Lyric International Contest (2016); first prize at the “Labò” Contest in Piacenza (2017) and third prize at the prestigious contest “Operalia” under Placido Domingo in Astana.

Leon Kim made his operatic debut in Korea singing as Rigoletto and Masetto (Don Giovanni). In the past seasons he has performed in a solo recital in Russia under the baton of Taechul- Noh; La Bohème (Marcello) in Rapallo and Diano Marina; a concert at the Opera in Florence and then he made his debut in I Masnadieri (Francesco) at the Festival Verdi in Busseto (Parma). He sang in a lyric gala concert at the Festival Verdi in Parma (Teatro Farnese) and at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste. Leon Kim was the title role in the production of Offenbach’s Il vento della sera and he took part in the production of La notte delle streghe at the Opera in Florence. Among the other recent engagements: Lescaut in Manon Lescaut in Livorno, Pisa and Rovigo; La Traviata in Rapallo; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Florence and Turin (Mi.To) and La Boheme in Naples (San Carlo)

Plans include: Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and Germont in La Traviata in Trieste and Paolo in Simon Boccanegra in Bologna, Genoa and Montpellier. Leon Kim will take part in the forthcoming Wexford Festival.

January 2018

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