Chinese baritone ZhengZhong Zhou studied at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and at CNIPAL (Centre national d’insertion professionnelle d’artistes lyriques) in Marseille. He won 3rd Prize in the Toulouse International Singing Competition in September 2012.
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.
After leaving the JPYAP Programme, ZhengZhong Zhou won 3rd prize in the Toulouse singing competition and joined the Deutsche Oper Berlin at the start of the 12/13 season. Plans this season and beyond include Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo for Covent Garden and Opéra de Toulouse, Sir Riccardo Forth in I Puritani and Poet in il Turco in Italia for Opera de Santiago, Silvio in I Pagliacci in Monte Carlo and Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro for NCPA.