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.