… mit einer ergreifenden Bühnenpräsenz, gestaltete die Sopranistin Danielle Zuber ihre Rolle als Agathe; der dunkle und weiche Sopranklang der Schweizerin, passte wunderbar zum Charakter dieser zerbrechlichen Figur. (…)
Süddeutsche Zeitung über „Der Freischütz“
Danielle Zuber always wanted to become an opera singer. But first came violin, piano and later classical ballet.
As soon as she began her studies at Indiana University, things moved very fast and she was casted for her first engagements. Amongst her first roles where: Serpetta, Vespetta, Contessa, Contesse di Folleville, Catarina Cornarini, Königin der Nacht, Nedda, Frau Luna, Agathe, Hanna Glawary, Violetta Valery, Rosalinde, 1. Dame …
The classical oratorios such as Händel, Bach and Mendelssohn, where also part of her repertoire. And art songs? Of course, those too. For example the songcycles of Schubert and Schumann, but also Schostakowitsch and Wolf.
Are there any dreams for the career? Yes of course: Konstanze, Mimi, and the Carlotta from the Phantom of the Opera – Why not?
The Swiss soprano, Danielle Zuber, was raised in two languages, German and French, in Zürich, Switzerland. She began her music education at five years old with the violin, later with piano lessons. She also was very talented in Ballet dancing. At age twenty she discovered her love of singing through lessons with Jeffery Byers at the Opera House in Zürich. Her desire to sing led her to Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana, USA, where she studied with Virginia Zeani. There she got her Bachelor of Music.
Next to her stage appearances, her further vocal studies were in Milan, Italy, with Luciana Serra, and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, where she studied Liedinterpretation with Gundula Janowitz.
Danielle Zuber debuted in the light soprano role of Vespetta, from Telemann’s Opera Pimpinone, in Zürich and Winterthur. Then as Vespetta from Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera in Arosa, Switzerland, followed by the Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in Rome, Italy, the Contesse di Folleville from Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims in Puchheim, Germany. The Puchheim production received the Tassilo Prize of the Süddeutschen Zeitung. Further roles in Bayern were Rosalinde from Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus (Puchheim), Catarina Cornarini from Offenbach’s Die Seufzerbrücke (Bad Aibling) and Königin der Nacht from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Munich).
After a fach change to lyric soprano, Danielle Zuber sang Nedda from Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (Munich), the title role in Lincke’s Frau Luna (Munich), 1. Dame in Die Zauberflöte (Puchheim), and Agathe from Weber’s Der Freischütz (Dresden).
The Soprano interpreted the roles in concert performances of Hanna Glawary from Die lustige Witwe and Violetta Valery from Verdi’s La Traviata.
Danielle Zuber appeared in many performances of oratorios such as Händel’s „Messiah“, Mendelssohn’s „Elias“ and Verdi’s „Missa da Requiem“, as well as the orchestra piece Beethoven „9. Symphonie“.
A big passion from the Soprano is the Art Song. She had the chance to perform Berlioz’s „Les nuits d’été“ (Denver), and song cycles of Schubert and Schumann for the Süddeutschen Schubertgesellschaft, in Zürich, Vevey, and Munich. She also sang Schostakowitsch’s „Fabeln“ and „Satiren“ with the German Schostakowitsch Verein Berlin. In Zürich, Bern and Cologne she interpreted Hugo Wolf’s „Italienisches Liederbuch“, that is seldomly performed in its original version.
Danielle Zuber lived in Munich, Berlin, New York, Denver. And currently close to Zürich, Switzerland.