Chinese tenor Shengzhi Ren has just finished his second year at Royal Academy Opera, studying with Richard Berkeley-Steele and Ingrid Surgenor. He previously trained at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where he obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Bel Canto with honours. He is grateful for the support of the Porter Fund Award.
Shengzhi’s operatic roles include Vaudémont Iolanta, Don Jose La tragedie de Carmen, Tamino The Magic Flute, Nemorino L’elisir d’amore and Borsa Rigoletto. He has performed in oratorios including Handel’s Messiah and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. In 2017, Shengzhi performed as a soloist at the Korea-China Cultural Exchange Night. In 2018, he sang at the London Bel Canto Festival Concert at the National Liberal Club, and in the Academy Voices Concert at Istituto Italiano Di Cultura. Shengzhi’s Royal Academy Opera Scenes performances include Chevalier Belfiore Il viaggio a Reims, Fenton Falstaff, Ruggero La rondine, Alfredo La traviata and Rodolfo La bohème. High-profile competition wins include 3rd Prize at the 2019 Neapolitan Masters Competition in Italy, the 2016 International Singing Contest for Young People (Vocal category) in Macau, the 2015 Golden Bell Awards and, in 2010, both the National Singing Contest for Young People and the Asian International Vocal Singing Contest (Hong Kong).