Evan Rogister has just been named by the Göteborg Opera to conduct its first ever Ring Cycle from 2018. Increasingly sought after to lead the most demanding areas of the repertoire, Rogister—a dual citizen of the United States and Germany—returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2016 to lead Richard Wagner’s Rienzi. This is the latest in an impressive series of engagements for the young conductor that include two other works by Wagner—Tannhäuser (Deutsche Oper Berlin) and Lohengrin (Royal Swedish Opera)—Richard Strauss’s Salome (The Dallas Opera), a double bill of Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Schoenberg’s Erwartung (Göteborg Opera and Seattle Opera), Szymanowski’s King Roger (The Santa Fe Opera), Verdi’s Otello (Berlin and Luxembourg), Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (Luxembourg), André Previn’s Streetcar Named Desire (Chicago Lyric Opera and L.A. Opera) and the opening production of Washington National Opera’s 60th Anniversary Season (Carmen at The Kennedy Center in 2015/16).
Equally at home on the concert platform, in the 2016-17 season Rogister leads the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Recent appearances include The National Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, 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 to great acclaim. The album features new works by the composer Mohammed Fairouz, with Rogister conducting the Ensemble LPR.
Before transitioning to conducting, Rogister began his training as a classical musician-first as a trombonist and then a baritone-at Indiana University. He then pursued graduate studies in voice and conducting at Juilliard-where he now frequently returns to lead projects with the school's orchestra. The Houston Grand Opera's music director Patrick Summers created the position of Conducting Fellow especially for Rogister and he made his professional debut at HGO in 2008 with Hänsel und Gretel. Donald Runnicles, music director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, then invited Rogister to serve in the traditional position of 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.
In the fall of 2016, Rogister collaborates with legendary director Peter Stein on a new production of Le Nozze di Figaro at Malmö Opera.