2021–22 Season: First Prisoner, Fidelio
San Francisco Opera Highlights: Remendado in Carmen; Dancing Master and Lamplighter in Manon Lescaut; The Adlers: Live at the Drive-In
Tenor, Zhengyi Bai made his San Francisco Opera company debut in the 2019-2020 season as Remendado in Carmen and also appeared as the Dancing Master and Lamplighter in Manon Lescaut later the same season. In the spring of 2021 he performed in the Adlers at the Drive-In concert, which heralded SFO’s return to live performance and also covered the role of Almaviva in the company’s production of The Barber of Seville. Bai was a participant in the 2018 Merola Opera Program.
Born and raised in Shandong province of China, Bai began his studies as a piano student and a collaborative pianist. It was in his junior year in college he discovered his true instrument: his voice. With a solid musical foundation of piano study, Zhengyi Bai flourished in his vocal studies, completing his initial vocal training in Shandong, China, and continuing his opera training from the University of Southern California in the United States.