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.

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. 

 

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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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Royal Opera House, London

TURNAGE: Anna Nicole

Anna Nicole, Eva-Maria Westbroek
Virgie, Susan Bickley
Shelley, Loré Lixenberg
The Lawyer Stern, Rod Gilfry
Old Man Marshall, Alan Oke

Blossom, Allison Cook
Doctor, Andrew Rees
Larry King, Peter Hoare
Aunt Kay, Rebecca de Pont Davies
Billy, Grant Doyle
Mayor, Wynne Evans
Deputy Mayor, Damian Thantrey
Daddy Hogan, Jeremy White
Trucker, Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts
Runner, ZhengZhong Zhou 
Lap Dancer, Yvonne Barclay
Lap Dancer, Katy Batho
Lap Dancer, Amanda Floyd
Lap Dancer, Amy Catt
Meat Rack Girl, Kiera Lyness
Meat Rack Girl, Bernadette Lord
Meat Rack Girl, Louise Armit
Meat Rack Girl, Andrea Hazell

Conductor, Antonio Pappano
Director, Richard Jones
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House, London

TURNAGE: Anna Nicole

Anna Nicole, Eva-Maria Westbroek
Virgie, Susan Bickley
Shelley, Loré Lixenberg
The Lawyer Stern, Rod Gilfry
Old Man Marshall, Alan Oke

Blossom, Allison Cook
Doctor, Andrew Rees
Larry King, Peter Hoare
Aunt Kay, Rebecca de Pont Davies
Billy, Grant Doyle
Mayor, Wynne Evans
Deputy Mayor, Damian Thantrey
Daddy Hogan, Jeremy White
Trucker, Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts
Runner, ZhengZhong Zhou 
Lap Dancer, Yvonne Barclay
Lap Dancer, Katy Batho
Lap Dancer, Amanda Floyd
Lap Dancer, Amy Catt
Meat Rack Girl, Kiera Lyness
Meat Rack Girl, Bernadette Lord
Meat Rack Girl, Louise Armit
Meat Rack Girl, Andrea Hazell

Conductor, Antonio Pappano
Director, Richard Jones
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House, London

TURNAGE: Anna Nicole

Anna Nicole, Eva-Maria Westbroek
Virgie, Susan Bickley
Shelley, Loré Lixenberg
The Lawyer Stern, Rod Gilfry
Old Man Marshall, Alan Oke

Blossom, Allison Cook
Doctor, Andrew Rees
Larry King, Peter Hoare
Aunt Kay, Rebecca de Pont Davies
Billy, Grant Doyle
Mayor, Wynne Evans
Deputy Mayor, Damian Thantrey
Daddy Hogan, Jeremy White
Trucker, Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts
Runner, ZhengZhong Zhou 
Lap Dancer, Yvonne Barclay
Lap Dancer, Katy Batho
Lap Dancer, Amanda Floyd
Lap Dancer, Amy Catt
Meat Rack Girl, Kiera Lyness
Meat Rack Girl, Bernadette Lord
Meat Rack Girl, Louise Armit
Meat Rack Girl, Andrea Hazell

Conductor, Antonio Pappano
Director, Richard Jones
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House, London

TURNAGE: Anna Nicole

Anna Nicole, Eva-Maria Westbroek
Virgie, Susan Bickley
Shelley, Loré Lixenberg
The Lawyer Stern, Rod Gilfry
Old Man Marshall, Alan Oke

Blossom, Allison Cook
Doctor, Andrew Rees
Larry King, Peter Hoare
Aunt Kay, Rebecca de Pont Davies
Billy, Grant Doyle
Mayor, Wynne Evans
Deputy Mayor, Damian Thantrey
Daddy Hogan, Jeremy White
Trucker, Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts
Runner, ZhengZhong Zhou 
Lap Dancer, Yvonne Barclay
Lap Dancer, Katy Batho
Lap Dancer, Amanda Floyd
Lap Dancer, Amy Catt
Meat Rack Girl, Kiera Lyness
Meat Rack Girl, Bernadette Lord
Meat Rack Girl, Louise Armit
Meat Rack Girl, Andrea Hazell

Conductor, Antonio Pappano
Director, Richard Jones
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House, London

TURNAGE: Anna Nicole

Anna Nicole, Eva-Maria Westbroek
Virgie, Susan Bickley
Shelley, Loré Lixenberg
The Lawyer Stern, Rod Gilfry
Old Man Marshall, Alan Oke

Blossom, Allison Cook
Doctor, Andrew Rees
Larry King, Peter Hoare
Aunt Kay, Rebecca de Pont Davies
Billy, Grant Doyle
Mayor, Wynne Evans
Deputy Mayor, Damian Thantrey
Daddy Hogan, Jeremy White
Trucker, Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts
Runner, ZhengZhong Zhou 
Lap Dancer, Yvonne Barclay
Lap Dancer, Katy Batho
Lap Dancer, Amanda Floyd
Lap Dancer, Amy Catt
Meat Rack Girl, Kiera Lyness
Meat Rack Girl, Bernadette Lord
Meat Rack Girl, Louise Armit
Meat Rack Girl, Andrea Hazell

Conductor, Antonio Pappano
Director, Richard Jones
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House, London

TURNAGE: Anna Nicole

Anna Nicole, Eva-Maria Westbroek
Virgie, Susan Bickley
Shelley, Loré Lixenberg
The Lawyer Stern, Rod Gilfry
Old Man Marshall, Alan Oke

Blossom, Allison Cook
Doctor, Andrew Rees
Larry King, Peter Hoare
Aunt Kay, Rebecca de Pont Davies
Billy, Grant Doyle
Mayor, Wynne Evans
Deputy Mayor, Damian Thantrey
Daddy Hogan, Jeremy White
Trucker, Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts
Runner, ZhengZhong Zhou 
Lap Dancer, Yvonne Barclay
Lap Dancer, Katy Batho
Lap Dancer, Amanda Floyd
Lap Dancer, Amy Catt
Meat Rack Girl, Kiera Lyness
Meat Rack Girl, Bernadette Lord
Meat Rack Girl, Louise Armit
Meat Rack Girl, Andrea Hazell

Conductor, Antonio Pappano
Director, Richard Jones
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

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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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