Zheng Zhou possesses a "rich creamy baritone" (Los Angeles Times)
voice, and has excelled with major opera companies and orchestras in a wide range
of styles fro Mozart, Donizetti and Schubert to Verdi, Mendelssohn and Orff. He
has been hailed by the St. Louis Dispatch as "a superior musician",
while his performance of Enrico in Lucida di Lammermoor led the San Francisco
Examiner to exclaim "Zheng Zhou shone. His fiercely concentrated, vocally
and theatrically incisive Enrico would have been an asset in any Lucia"
Zheng Zhou made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 1993 as Yamadori in Madama
Butterfly, and later returned to sing Ping in Turandot and Fiorello in Il Barbiere
de Siviglia. His San Francisco Opera debut came n 1992 in La Forza del Destino;
with that company he has also sung in Milhaud's Christophe Colomb. He sang the
roles the Father and Ludovie in Philip Glass' La Belle et la Bete at the Brooklyn
Academy of Music and subsequently on tour across the United States, Europe, Mexico
Mr. Zhou can be heard as Abraham
Lincoln on Nonesuch Records' recording of Philip Glass' The Civil Wars, as the
baritone soloist in Johannes Somary's Song of Innocence on Premier Recordings,
in Jerrold Fisher's Hosannah on Compact Disc Digital Audio and in Jason K. Hwang's
chamber opera The Floating Box on New World Records. He has appeared on the San
Francisco Opera's Schwabacher Debut Recital Series.
Mr. Zhou holds degrees from the University of Illinois, St. Louis Conservatory,
the Shanghai Conservatory, and a diploma in lieder performance from the Schubert
Institute in Vienna.
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