ZhengZhong Zhou

Introduction

Chinese baritone ZhengZhong Zhou came to international attention after his performance of Valentin in Faust at Covent Garden in the 11-12 season (when he stood in for Dmitri Hvorostovsky). He studied at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and at CNIPAL (Centre national d’insertion professionnelle d’artistes lyriques) in Marseille, before joining the JPYAP for 2 years at Covent Garden, after which he joined the Deutsche Oper Berlin on Fest-contract for the 12/13 season.

Roles at Covent Garden have included Valentin in Faust, Marcello in La boheme, Paris in Roméo et Juliette, Gelsomino and Zefirino in Il viaggio a Reims, as well as smaller roles in Anna Nicole, Salome, and Werther. ZhengZhong also covered Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Albert in Werther, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Marcello, Figaro in Barbiere and Il Barone di Trombonok in Il viaggio a Reims at Covent Garden and sang Des Grieux in Le Portrait de Manon and Fauré Requiem for The Royal Ballet. 

Other recent engagements include Marcello in London's Royal Albert Hall, his debut at the Beijing Music Festival in Peter Grimes (Balstrode), Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at the NCPA, Valentin in Faust for Opera Hong Kong, Sir Riccardo Forth in I Puritani for Opera de Santiago, Morales in Carmen and Count for Shanghai Conservatory of Music, his debut at the Theatre du Capitole Toulouse, Ambrogio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in China and Japan, and several roles at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.


 

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Repertoire

OPERATIC REPERTOIRE

 

BELLINI - I PURITANI, Sir Riccardo Forth

BIZET - CARMEN, Morales

DONIZETTI - DON PASQUALE, Dr. Malatesta

DONIZETTI - L'ELISIR D'AMORE, Belcore

GOUNOD - FAUST, Valentin

GOUNOD - ROMEO ET JULIETTE, Mercutio

KORNGOLD - DIE TOTE STADT, Frank & Fritz

LEONCAVALLO - I PAGLIACCI, Silvio

MASSANET - WERTHER, Albert

MASSENET - LE PORTRAIT DE MANON, Des Grieux

MOZART - LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Count Almaviva

MOZART - COSI FAN TUTTE, Guglielmo

PUCCINI - LA BOHEME, Marcello

PUCCINI - TOSCA, Sciarrone

PUCCINI - MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Yamadori & Commissario

ROSSINI - IL TURCO IN ITALIA, Poeta Prosdocimo

ROSSINI - IL VIAGGIO A REIMS, Il Barone di Trombonok

ROSSINI - IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Fiorello & Figaro

VERDI - RIGOLETTO, Marullo

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Press

Gounod

Faust

Opera Hong Kong

"The baritone ZhengZhong Zhou sang Valentin with perfect dynamic control and excellent enunciation of words."


September 2014, Vincent H.K.Lau, Opera magazine

MOZART

Le Nozze di Figaro - Conte

NCPA Beijing

"with Zhengzhong Zhou giving a particularly assured portrayal of the Count, providing a wonderfully deadpan anchor for the farce revolving around him" Ken Smith, Opera Now, September 2013

Viaggio a Riems - Gelsomino

Royal Opera House Covent Garden

 "I particularly noticed two more excellent baritones (and, goodness knows, the international scene needs them): Daniel Grice's Antonio and ZhengZhong Zhou's Gelsonimo."

Opera Magazine, September 2012

Faust - Valentin

Royal Opera House Covent Garden

"Previously heard here only in comprimario roles, Zhengzhong Zhou made a strong impression as Yamadori in the recent Butterfly revival, but his singing of 'Avant de quitter ces lieux' revealed a resplendent, baritone of noble timbre and impeccable style, who made every word speak. More importantly, his youthful looks and elegant acting made him a more sympathetic figure than usual, avoiding unseemly melodramatics in his death scene."

Hugh Canning, Opera Magazine, December 2011

Le Portrait de Manon - Des Grieux, Meet the Young Artists week - Covent Garden

Royal Opera House Covent Garden

"The stand-out voice here belongs to baritone Zheng Zhong Zhou in the central role of Des Grieux, whose burnished, golden tone allied to excellent French mark him out as a real talent to watch."

What’s on stage.com, October 2011

Madama Butterfly - Yamadori

Royal Opera House Covent Garden


"…Yamadori is an interesting role which could be developed more than it usually is. Zhou sings the part with tenderness, creating a sincere Yamadori who is emotionally honest and vulnerable though he has all the trappings of power."

OperaToday.com, June 2011

Rigoletto - Marullo

Royal Opera House Covent Garden

"ZhengZhong Zhou as Marullo is another of the Jette Parker Young Artists to feature in this production. Despite the brevity of his role, the young Chinese baritone makes an indelible impression as ‘one of the nicest people’ at the court as well as having a fine, clear baritone, which I hope we will hear more of."

OperaBritannia.com, October 2010

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