Singer . Actor . Teacher


Lauded for his versatility as a performer and accomplished in Musical Theater, Opera, Oratorio and Concert repertoire, 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, and the Princeton Festival. With a voice described by Chicago publications as "valiant", "stunning", "vibrant", and "rich", Jonathan is based in Chicago and has appeared as soloist with The William Ferris Chorale in the American premiere of John Joubert’s Five Songs of Incarnation and Bonaventura Somma’s Missa Pro Defunctis. You may also have seen him singing with the Grant Park Symphony Chorus, in Johnny Johnson or The Csardas Princess with Chicago Folks Operetta, or performing in Chicago Fringe Opera productions  All Wounds BleedThe Long Christmas Dinner, Trouble In Tahiti, Turn of the Screw, and Song From the Uproar. 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.


Upcoming, Jonathan looks forward to joining Chicago Fringe Opera company members for Fringe at Lagunitas Taproom on Sept. 24. Then on October 11, he will collaborate with oboist, Ricardo Castaneda, and violinist, Betty Lewis, for an all Vaughan Williams recital as part of the Friday Noonday Concert Series at Fourth Presbyterian Church on Chicago's Magnificent Mile.


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. 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).


Jonathan also writes and records his own music.

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Oct 11, 2019

Noonday Recital at Fourth Pres!

Joined by oboist, Ricardo Castaneda, and violinist, Betty Lewis, Jonathan will present an all Vaughan Williams recital as part of the Fourth Presbyterian Friday Noonday Concert series. 

Sep 24, 2019

Fringe at Lagunitas Taproom

Jonathan joins Chicago Fringe Opera for the second annual Fringe at Lagunitas Taproom! 

Aug 29, 2019

Moods & Foods Performance Series!

Jonathan performs with other Chicago Fringe Opera company members as part of this great Chicago area performing arts series at Woodard Plaza

Jul 18, 2019

Broadway By The Bay

Jonathan is thrilled to present SONGS THAT SPEAK for the YMCA of Door County Gala, Broadway By the Bay. Jonathan will once again be Joined by Chicago area musicians - pianist/composer Michael R. Oldham, percussionist Daniel Eastwood, and bass player Doug Bistrow.

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