Elmar Hauser



Where do I come from?

From Winterthur near Zurich, Switzerland.

Why do I sing?

Singing connects me with my innermost being. To be able to express to an audience in this direct and immediate way the communicative content of great compositions is one of the most fulfilling things for me.

And what do I like apart from singing?

Being in nature: Hiking in the mountains, swimming in the lake... Plus cooking and - of course - eating!

My own personal musical highlight?

To be able to perform and sing the title role in Gluck's Orfeo in a small theatre in my home country.

My motto?

The smaller the lizard, the greater its hope of becoming a crocodile. (Ethiopian proverb)


The Swiss countertenor Elmar Hauser completed preliminary studies at the Winterthur Conservatory with David Thorner and Jane Thorner-Mengedoht, where he made the switch from tenor to countertenor. Subsequently, he studied from 2018 in the Bachelor`s programme Classical Singing at the Zurich University of the Arts in the class of Werner Güra and graduated with distinction in 2021.

Furthermore, he received important musical impulses in the Lied class of Christoph Berner and Hans Adolfsen, from Jens Fuhr and from Burkhard Kinzler. Elmar Hauser attended master classes with Jane Thorner-Mengedoht, Ulrich Messthaler, Christiane Iven and Marcelo Amaral. Currently, he is a scholarship holder of the Friedl-Wald-Foundation. In the winter semester 2021, he will begin his Master’s degree in music theater/opera singing at the August Everding Theatre Academy in Munich and joins the class of Christiane Iven and Sabine Lahm.

He has recently given important solo performances at the Diademus Festival for Early Music together with his Liedduo partner Daniela Baumann and at the Festival Les Riches Heures du Valère in Sion.

In 2020/21, Hauser worked on his own artistic projects, including an interdisciplinary music theater project on ecological issues with the collective OTTER OTTER OTTER, a song program “Nacht und Träume” (“Night and Dreams”), and a specially conceived music theater production “Händel kurz vor Dienstschluss – Opern im Archivkarton” (“Handel just before closing time – operas in an archive box”), also in collaboration with the Theater zur Waage Elgg.