Claudio Danuser, born into a Grisonian family in Basel and raised in Berne and Calcutta, studied musicology and school music II (diploma HLA 1985) at the University of Berne (professor Kunze), singing at the conservatory in Lausanne (teacher's diploma under the tutelage of Juliette Bise 1984) and then in Italy (opera class Conservatorio di Pescara, Italian singing diploma 1986). He made his opera-singing debut in the summer of 1996 with Bizet's 'Don Procopio' at the Montepulciano Festival (recorded by Bongiovanni, Bologna). He was a member of the International Opera Studio at the Zurich Opera House during the season 1987/88. He has since performed as a guest at the opera houses and city theatres of Genoa, Nantes, Geneva, Zurich, Berne and Biel, and at such festivals as 'Zürcher Junifestwochen', Avenches Opera Festival, Menuhin Festival/Alpengala Gstaad, Bad Hersfeld Opera Festival, Riva del Garda and Macerata. In addition he toured England, Germany and numerous Eastern European countries and Israel with the Viennese Opera Theatre and the Opera Factory Zurich. Included in the major opera rolls he has personified upon the stage are Don Giovanni (Mozart), Don Quichotte (Massenet), Nabucco (Verdi), Ford in Verdi's 'Falstaff' and the four baritone roles in Offenbach's 'Hoffmanns Erzählungen'.
Besides his love of Italian and French opera Claudio Danuser also engages himself enthusiastically with the musical works of our time and has, until present, world premiered seven works including the Rhaeto-Romanic opera 'Il semiader' from G.A. Derungs (Chur 1996), Rudolf Kelterborn's Oper 'Julia' (Zurich 1991) and the jazz/classic opera 'William Turner in Uri' from the English bandleader Mike Westbrook (Festival Alpentöne/Theaterspektakel Zürich 2003, recorded for television by SF DRS). In 1989 he sang György Kurtàg's 'Pilinsky-Lieder' under the direction of the composer at the Barbican Center in London and Aribert Reimann's 'Michelangelo-Monologe' under the direction of the composer at the Davos Festival in 1992. In 1997 he was cast by Zurich Opera House for the baritone role of Ligeti's mimodrama 'Aventures/Nouvelles Aventures', choreographed by Heinz Spoerli.
Claudio Danuser also performed often as a concert singer including in Bach's Mass in H-Minor under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin in Lille (France), Mozart's Requiem in the Parisian Notre Dame and as a soloist with the St. Petersberg Symphony in Brahms' 'Deutsche Requiem'.
He has performed for diverse CD and Radio recordings in Italy (RAI), France and Switzerland (DRS). Claudio Danuser was engaged by Berne City Theatre during the seasons from 1998 until 2003 where he sang the roles of Albert in Massenet's 'Werther' and the falcon in Johann Strauss' 'Die Fledermaus'. He additionally performed as a guest and for the first time in 2000 in the USA (Honolulu/Hawaii), and in August 2001 for the first time with Nello Santi in a series of Verdi gala concerts at, amongst other places, the Tonhalle in Zurich. Moralez in 'Fernand Cortez' from Spontini in Paris (Invalidendom). 2002: Canada debut with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Gossec's 'Le Triomphe de la République' at RSI in Lugano.
Special emphasis in the repertoire of Claudio Danuser is given to a four-language lieder recital with works by Swiss composers from all language areas which he has performed as a guest in Honolulu, South Africa, Berlin/Brandenburg, in Mongolia and in China and Japan (2005).
In the summer of 2002 Danuser founded the ensemble ILS TRAIS BARITONS GRISCHUNS together with two Grisonian baritone friends Gion Jäger and Claudio Simonet (accompanied on the piano by Risch Biert), which is predominantly occupied with the lieder collection of Grison (mostly Rhaeto-Romanic and Grison-Italian).
Claudio Danuser is also active in the fields of musicology and publishing and supervises the 'Musiques Suisses' CD label of the Migros Cultural Foundation, which specializes in music from Switzerland.
Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes-Passion
Mario Beretta: Der Alpsegen für Bariton und grosses Sinfonieorchester
Georges Bizet: Don Procopio
Benjamin Britten: Cantata Misericordium
Dave Brubeck: Light in the Wilderness Oratorium
Gion Antoni Derungs: Il semiader Rätoromanische Oper
François-Joseph Gossec: Le Triomphe de la République
Robert Grossmann: President da Valdei
Hans Werner Henze: Pollicino
György Kurtág: Lieder nach János Pilinski
Aubert Lemelan: Le cachet rouge Oper
György Ligeti: Aventures/Nouvelles Aventures
: In terra pax
for five soloists (SATBarB), two mixed choirs (SATBSATB) and orchestra (2(pic).2(ca).2.2/188.8.131.52/timp.3perc/cel.2pf/str)
Jules Massenet: Don Quichotte
Jules Massenet: Werther
Jacques Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann
Francis Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites
Aribert Reimann: Michelangelo-Monologe
Igor Stravinskij: L'Histoire du soldat
Hubert Stuppner: Passion
Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco
Kurt Weill: Der Ozeanflug Kantate
Danuser, Claudio: Die Skizzen zu Rigoletto – zu Verdis Kompositionsprozess (Lizentiatsarbeit an der Universität Bern), Bern 1985
Danuser, Claudio: Der italienische Festspielsommer 1985, in: Neue Zeitschrift für Musik 10 (1985)
Danuser, Claudio: Die Ballszene in Verdis Maskenball, in: Jahrbuch '89/90 des Opernhauses Zürich (1990)
Danuser, Claudio: Arthur Honeggers "Six poésies de Jean Cocteau", in: Begleitpublikation zur Ausstellung "Klassizistische Moderne" der Paul Sacher Stiftung, Basel 1996
Danuser, Claudio: Venus, un opéra "genevois" (Programmheftbeitrag), Grand Théâtre, Genève 1997
Danuser, Claudio: Geschichte der Klubhaus-Konzerte. Festschrift zum 50-Jahr-Jubiläum der Klubhaus-Konzerte, MGB und additiv-Verlag, Wettingen 1998
Danuser, Claudio: Der Kompositionsprozess bei Verdi, in: Festschrift Nello Santi, Zürich 2001
Danuser, Claudio: Die Sterbeszenen in Verdis Opern. Ein Beitrag zum 100. Todestag Verdis, in: Der Kleine Bund, Kulturbeilage zu "Der Bund" (27.1.2001) (2001)
Danuser, Claudio: Die Entstehung des "Rigoletto", in: Programmheft "Rigoletto", Opernhaus, Zürich 2002
Rietz, Silvia: Claudio Danuser: Kein typischer Sänger, in: classic, Schweizer Musikmagazin (2002)
: Claudio Danuser – ein intellektueller Nabucco, in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung (25. April 1997)