Chinese baritone ZhengZhong Zhou (周正中) was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2010–12, where his roles included Marullo (Rigoletto), Paris (Roméo et Juliette), Sciarrone (Tosca), Prince Yamadori (Madama Butterfly), Valentin (Faust), Gelsomino and Zefirino (Il viaggio a Reims, Jette Parker Young Artists Anniversary Concert) and Des Grieux (Le Portrait de Manon, Meet the Young Artists Week 2011, recorded for Opera Rara). He created the role of Runner in the world premiere of Anna Nicole, a role he returns to sing in The Royal Opera's 2014/15 Season.
Zhou studied at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Centre national d’insertion professionelle d’artistes lyriques in Marseilles. Since leaving The Royal Opera he has worked with the Deutsche Oper Berlin as an ensemble member, his roles including Moralès (Carmen), Fiorello (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Marquis d’Obigny (La traviata). He has also sung Flemish Deputy (Don Carlo) for Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) in Beijing, Marcello (La bohème) for Raymond Gubbay at the Royal Albert Hall, Valentin for Hong Kong Opera and Sir Riccardo Forth (I puritani) for the Teatro Municipal, Santiago.
Zhou has performed in concert at the Beijing Music Festival as Balstrode (Peter Grimes),with L’Orchestre Régionale Cannes PCA, and in recital in Avignon, Marseilles, Toulon and Paris.
Dimitri Platanias as Rigoletto, Zhengzhong Zhou as Marullo and Pablo Bemsch as Matteo Borsa with the chorus in Rigoletto © Johan Persson/ROH 2012
Vittorio Grigolo as Duke Of Mantua, Zhengzhong Zhou as Marullo and Pablo Bemsch as Matteo Borsa with the chorus in Rigoletto © Johan Persson/ROH 2012
ZhengZhong Zhou in Roméo et Juliette, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2010