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 (*1997) is currently studying for a Master’s degree in opera singing at the Theaterakademie August Everding and in the singing class of Christiane Iven in Munich since the winter semester of 2021. In his first year of study he created the title role in G.F. Händel’s Ariodante, as well as the role of Prinz Kürtchen in the contemporary children’s opera «Die Gänsemagd» by Iris ter Schiphorst – both at the Akademietheater. In the Gartensaal of the Prinzregententheater he sang in the operetta soirée „Spiel ein Lied, das weint und lacht…“. In the upcoming Theaterakademie-productions, he will be seen in the title role of Francesco Cavalli’s opera «Il Giasone» in Reaktorhalle and as Achill in the contemporary opera «Achill unter den Mädchen» by Wolfgang Andreas Schultz on the main stage of Prinzregententheater München.

Still in Switzerland, Elmar Hauser completed his bachelor’s degree in singing with distinction in 2021 at the Zurich University of the Arts in the class of Werner Güra. During this time, he also received important musical impulses in the Lied classes of Christoph Berner and Hans Adolfsen, Jens Fuhr and Burkhard Kinzler. Prior to this, he completed a Precollage at the Winterthur Conservatory with David Thorner and Jane Thorner-Mengedoht, where he made the switch from tenor to countertenor. Master classes with Topi Lehtipuu, Jane Thorner-Mengedoht and Ulrich Messthaler accompanied his training. He is a scholarship holder of the Friedl Wald Foundation and a prize winner of the Johann Adolph Hasse Society Munich.

In addition to his studies, he has given important performances at the Diademus Festival for Early Music, at Liedrezital Zürich together with his Lied duo 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 theatre project on ecological issues with the collective OTTER OTTER OTTER, a song programme „Nacht und Träume“ (Night and Dreams), as well as a specially conceived music theatre production „Händel kurz vor Dienstschluss – Opern im Archivkarton“ (Handel just before closing time – operas in an archive box), in collaboration with the Theater zur Waage Elgg. Here he embodied his first operatic role in 2019 with Orfeo from Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice.


„Gelido in ogni vena“, „Farnace“ by A. Vivaldi

Elmar Hauser (countertenor) & Mamikon Nakhapetov (piano)