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 Goteborg Opera first-ever complete cycle of Wagner Der Ring des Nibelungen, beginning this fall with Das Rheingold and culminating in 2021the 400th Anniversary of the city of Goteborgwith Gotterdammerung. In the 20182019 season, Rogister also leads two projects with lOrchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, conducting its series of New Year concerts and a new production of Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos; returns to the Deutsche Operememberlin for Wagner Rienzi; and leads concerts with the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra. In the 20172018 season, Rogister made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, conducting Mozart The Magic Flute; he returns to the Met in the 20212022 season. He also made his Bolshoi Theatre debut in the summer of 2018, leading a new production of Puccini La boheme. Rogister recent seasons included two other works by Wagner, Tannhauser (Deutsche Operememberlin) and Lohengrin (Royal Swedish Opera); a collaboration with Peter Stein on a new production of Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro (Malmo Opera); new productions of Eugene Onegin (Royal Swedish Opera and Spoleto Festival USA), Bartok Bluebeard Castle and Schoenberg Erwartung in double bill (Goteborg Opera and Seattle Opera), Szymanowski King Roger (The Santa Fe Opera), Verdi Otello (Berlin and Luxembourg), Andre Previn Streetcar Named Desire (Chicago Lyric Opera and LA Opera), and season opening productions with Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center of Verdi Aida and Bizet Carmen, which marked the beginning of Washington National Opera 60th Anniversary Season. Recent symphonic projects have included concerts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C.), the Goteborg Symphony Orchestra, lOrchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, the Malmo Symphony Orchestra, the Bochum Symphoniker, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Rogister 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 Hansel und Gretel. Donald Runnicles, music director of the Deutsche Operememberlin, then invited Rogister to serve as Kapellmeister from 20092011. In Berlin, Rogister conducted a broad repertoire from Mozart to Wagner, including productions of Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflote, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Manon Lescaut, La boheme, Carmen, Otello, Hansel und Gretel and Tannhauser. Updated September 2018