The Kennedy Center

Evan Rogister


Evan Rogister is the newly appointed Principal Conductor of Washington National Opera and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. A dual citizen of the United States and Germany, Rogister enjoys meaningful artistic partnerships on both sides of the Atlantic. From 2018 to 2021, Rogister will lead Göteborg Opera’s first-ever complete cycle of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, beginning this fall with Das Rheingold and culminating in 2021—the 400th Anniversary of the city of Göteborg—with Götterdämmerung. In the 2018–2019 season, Rogister also leads two projects with l’Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, conducting its series of New Year’s concerts and a new production of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos; returns to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for Wagner’s Rienzi; and leads concerts with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2017–2018 season, Rogister made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, conducting Mozart’s The Magic Flute; he returns to the Met in the 2021–2022 season. He also made his Bolshoi Theatre debut in the summer of 2018, leading a new production of Puccini’s La bohème.

Rogister’s recent seasons included two other works by Wagner, Tannhäuser (Deutsche Oper Berlin) and Lohengrin (Royal Swedish Opera); a collaboration with Peter Stein on a new production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Malmö Opera); new productions of Eugene Onegin (Royal Swedish Opera and Spoleto Festival USA), Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Schoenberg’s Erwartung in double bill (Göteborg Opera and Seattle Opera), Szymanowski’s King Roger (The Santa Fe Opera),  Verdi’s Otello (Berlin and Luxembourg), André Previn’s Streetcar Named Desire (Chicago Lyric Opera and LA Opera), and season opening productions with Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center of Verdi’s Aida and Bizet’s Carmen, which marked the beginning of Washington National Opera’s 60th Anniversary Season.

Recent symphonic projects have included concerts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C.), the Göteborg Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, the Bochum Symphoniker, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Rogister’s debut recording with Deutsche Grammophon, Follow, Poet, was released in January of 2015. The album features new works by the composer Mohammed Fairouz written for mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey, with Rogister conducting the Ensemble LPR.

He majored in trombone and voice at Indiana University, followed by graduate studies in voice and conducting at The Juilliard School, where he now returns to lead projects with the school's orchestra. Houston Grand Opera's (HGO) music director Patrick Summers created the position of Conducting Fellow especially for Rogister and he made his professional conducting debut at HGO in 2008 with Hänsel und Gretel. Donald Runnicles, music director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, then invited Rogister to serve as Kapellmeister from 2009–2011. In Berlin, Rogister conducted a broad repertoire from Mozart to Wagner, including productions of Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Manon Lescaut, La bohème, Carmen, Otello, Hänsel und Gretel and Tannhaüser.

Updated September 2018
Evan Rogister (Photo by Simon Pauly)