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, Evan Rogister enjoys meaningful artistic partnerships on both sides of the Atlantic. From 2018 to 2021, Rogister conducts Göteborg Opera’s first-ever complete cycle of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. In 2019, Rogister collaborates with director Stephen Langridge on Die Walküre; the entire cycle will culminate in 2021—the 400th Anniversary of the city of Göteborg—with Götterdämmerung. For his first productions as Principal Conductor of the Washington National Opera, Rogister leads Don Giovanni and Porgy and Bess. Rogister’s 2019/20 season also includes a documentary recording for Swedish Television with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and concerts with the Bergen Philharmonic and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra—at the Baltic Sea Festival.
Highlights of recent seasons include Rogister’s debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 2017/2018—conducting Mozart’s The Magic Flute—his Bolshoi Theatre debut in the summer of 2018—leading a new production of Puccini’s La Bohème—multiple projects with l’Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse—conducting their New Year’s concert series and a new production of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos—and leading the 2018 Birgit Nilsson Prize Concert in Stockholm with the Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra.
Recent symphonic projects for Rogister include concerts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C.), the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra and the Juilliard Orchestra.
Rogister’s recent operatic projects include three other works by Wagner, Tannhäuser (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Rienzi (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), two 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 L.A. Opera) and season opening productions at the Kennedy Center of Verdi’s Aida and Bizet’s Carmen—which marked the beginning of Washington National Opera’s 60th Anniversary Season.
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.
Evan Rogister majored in trombone and voice at Indiana University, followed by graduate studies in voice and conducting at The Juilliard School. Houston Grand Opera's music director Patrick Summers created the position of Conducting Fellow especially for Rogister; 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 Boheme, Carmen, Otello, Hänsel und Gretel and Tannhaüser.