In spring thirty years ago, Jianyi Zhang, a freshman from Voice Opera Department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, was selected to star as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème by Kurt Herbert Adler, an acclaimed conductor and General Director of the San Francisco Opera. “Rodolfo the poet” has opened his door to the opera world ever since, and has made his voice heard at top opera houses around the world for three decades. Zhang is said to be “the most outstanding tenor from Asian of the time” and “the oriental miracle” by the western world for his excellence in tone color, technique and artistic accomplishment. He remains the only ethnic Chinese tenor to be accepted by the world’s two top opera houses: the Metropolitan Opera and Wiener Staatsoper. Zhang has sung leading roles in nearly forty operas including La bohème, Faust, Robert le diable, L'elisir d'amore, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Carmen and Tosca.
Zhang is a student of the famous vocal educator Prof. Zhou Xiaoyan. He is also a graduate of the Juilliard School.
Zhang is now a distinguished professor and graduate advisor of the Voice and Opera Department of Central Conservatory of Music.