Singer . Actor . Teacher
Lauded for his versatility as a performer, critically acclaimed tenor, Jonathan Zeng, has performed throughout the United States with companies such as Cincinnati Opera, Central City Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Memphis, Utah Festival Opera, The Princeton Festival, & Chicago Opera Theater and as a featured soloist with orchestras across the country. With a voice described by Chicago publications as "valiant", "stunning", "vibrant", and "rich", Jonathan is based in Chicago and has soloed with choral ensembles The William Ferris Chorale and Vox Venti. You may also have seen him singing with the Grant Park Symphony Chorus, or in multiple productions with Chicago Folks Operetta & Chicago Fringe Opera. Roles elsewhere range from Goro in Madama Butterfly & Beppe in I Pagliacci to Prince Charming in Cinderella, Chip Tolentino in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Frederic in Pirates of Penzance. In the coming season, Jonathan is looking forward to joining the Gilbert & Sullivan Company of Chicago as Richard Dauntless in Ruddigore & Chicago Fringe Opera as Benny in Fizz & Ginger.
Jonathan's self-produced cabaret, SONGS THAT SPEAK, has had success throughout the Midwest. Its next iteration will celebrate LOVE in its many forms just in time for Valentine's day on Saturday, Feb 10, 2024 at the Venus Cabaret Theater in Chicago!
An avid proponent for arts education and vocal instruction, Jonathan has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Preparatory Department at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and has maintained a private voice studio for more than a decade. He teaches voice at Loyola Academy on the north side of Chicago. Jonathan received a BA in Music Education from the School of Music at Western IL University and an MM in vocal performance from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM). For more info, visit www.JonathanZeng.com or follow on Instagram: @jzengvoice.