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.
Recent engagements include Marcello in London's RAH and at the Zorlu Centre in Istanbul, Valentin in Faust for Opera Hong Kong, Sir Riccardo Forth in I Puritani for Opera de Santiago, his debut at the Beijing Music Festival in Peter Grimes (Balstrode), Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at the NCPA, Morales in Carmen and Count for Shanghai Conservatory of Music, his debut at the Theatre du Capitole Toulouse, and several roles at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. At Covent Garden roles included Valentin in Faust, Marcello, Paris in Roméo et Juliette, Gelsomino and Zefirino in Il viaggio a Reims, as well as smaller roles in Anna Nicole, Salome, and Werther.
He can be heard as Des Grieux in Massenet’s Le Portrait de Manon, released by Opera Rara in 2013.