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.
ZhengZhong Zhou joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in September 2010, where roles included Marullo in Rigoletto, Paris in Roméo et Juliette, Runner in Anna Nicole, Bruehlmann in Werther, Sciarrone in Tosca, Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Valentin in Faust, Second Nazarene in Salome and Gelsomino and Zefirino in Il viaggio a Reims. ZhengZhong also covered Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Albert in Werther, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Marcello in La bohème and Il Barone di Trombonok in Il viaggio a Reims at Covent Garden. He sang Des Grieux in Le Portrait de Manon in Meet the Young Artists Week 2011 and Fauré Requiem for The Royal Ballet.
Operatic engagements outisde ROH include Morales in Carmen and Count in Le nozze di Figaro for Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Ambrogio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in China and Japan, Un Conte de Noël for CNIPAL at the opera houses of Avignon, Marseille and Toulon and Lackey in Der Rosenkavalier for Opéra de Marseille. In the 12/13 season Mr Zhou sang several roles at the Deutsche Oper, made his debut at the Theatre du Capitole Toulouse and returned to Covent Garden before making his Chinese debut as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at the NCPA in Beijing, where he was immediately re-engaged for further performances.
In the 13/14 season Mr Zhou makes his debut at the Beijing Music Festival in Peter Grimes (Balstrode), before returning to London to sing Marcello in La boheme in London's Royal Albert Hall followed by Valentin in Faust for Hong Kong Opera and Sir Riccardo Forth in I Puritani for Opera de Santiago. Other future engagements include Silvio in I Pagliacci for his debut with Opera Monte Carlo, his return to Opera de Santiago, and further appearances at the Deutsche Oper and at the NCPA.