Tenor and first-year San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow Zhengyi Bai was a participant of the 2018 Merola Opera Program, where he appeared as Alessandro in Il Re Pastore. Bai has also performed Bénédict (Béatrice et Bénédict), Oronte (Alcina), Nemorino (L’Elisir d’Amore), Count Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and Mr. Owen (Postcard from Morocco). In 2017, Bai won the Los Angeles District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Bai entered college as a piano major student. But it was not until his junior year in college that he discovered his true instrument—his voice. With a solid musical foundation of piano study, Bai flourished in his voice studies, completing his bachelor and master’s degrees in Shandong, China and obtaining his graduate certificate from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.