DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON release of FOLLOW, POET

"The players of Ensemble LPR perform with virtuosity and commitment throughout the song cycle and the ballet, under the clearly inspired leadership of Evan Rogister."

Joshua Rosenblum, Opera News

 

ERNANI, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse

"....the performance had many positive musical qualities, chief amongst them was the conducting of American Evan Rogister. He understood the burning urgency of the score, pushing the excellent chorus and Orchestre National du Capitole forward with the savage rhythmic drive early Verdi demands, while not neglecting the more delicate moments of lyricism, for example the wonderfully played postlude of Carlo’s great aria “Oh, de’ verd’anni miei.”

Stephen J. Mudge, Opera News

"Le Capitole de Toulouse a présenté le rare Ernani de Verdi qui a surtout permis de révéler le jeune chef germano-américain Evan Rogister...Le meilleur vient de la fosse. La direction d'Evan Rogister pallie les lacunes de la mise en scène : une force qui va et sait où elle va, tendant l'arc sans le raidir, d'un romantisme flamboyant. Elle allume déjà les feux du Risorgimento."

Didier Van Moere, DIAPASON MAGAZINE

 

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO w/ PETER STEIN,  Malmö Opera

"In spite of his experience, this is the first time Peter Stein takes on [Le Nozze di Figaro], and at his side he has the young American conductor Evan Rogister, who fired up the stage and orchestra pit; both were bursting with life.”

“Trots sin erfarenhet är det första gången Peter Stein tar sig an verket, och vid sin sida har han unge amerikanske dirigenten Evan Rogister som eldar på så svetten stänker: både scen och orkesterdike spritter av liv.”

Bo Löfvendahl, Svenska Dagbladet

"So this is genuine real life drama and not routine opera because Evan Rogister’s musical direction is as spiritual as Stein's direction; they follow each other."

"Så det är äkta levandelivet dramatik och inte pliktopera eftersom Evan Rogisters musikaliska ledning är lika spirituell som Steins regi, de följer varandra.”  

Per Feltzin, Swedish Radio   

"Conductor Evan Rogister’s leadership is purely exemplary: very elegant sound with Mozartian luster and proper dynamics in the orchestra, swift but not overly intense tempos, and good sense of timing to the singers' performances. Should you object to something, then maybe he should have turned on a little faster to dampen the crowd's spontaneous applause.”    

"Dirigenten Evan Rogisters ledning är rent föredömlig: mycket fin klang med mozartsk lyster och korrekt dynamik i orkestern, snabbt men inte uppdrivet tempo och bra känsla för timing mot sångarnas prestationer. Ska man anmärka på något, så kanske han borde ha slagit på en aning snabbare för att dämpa publikens störande spontanapplåder.” 

Lars Erik Larsson, Skanska Dagbladet

 

CARMEN, Washington National Opera

"…incisively conducted by Evan Rogister, the venture crackled with energy from the top of the Prelude to Act I.  Rogister’s sensitive guidance [in Act 1] was matched by his unhurried, beautifully nuanced conducting of the Act III Prelude; he made sure that the accompaniment patterns in the strings emerged as eloquently as the flute solo."

Tim Smith, Opera News

"The other strength of this production is in the orchestra pit, where conductor Evan Rogister led the Washington National Opera Orchestra.... hearing him in a familiar score, and music that thrives on rhythmic and dynamic nuance, was a revelation.  Rogister drew forth beautifully shaped phrases in the Entr’act to Act III, and in the overture, and was unafraid in the First Act to let the scene-setting listlessness of the music sound in fact sultry, lazy and listless. The orchestra can often be unsubtle, but not last night..."

Philip Kennicott

 

BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE/ERWARTUNG, Gothenburg Opera

"Sakligheten och stramheten gör att musiken kan tala direkt, och till precisionen i tolkningen bidrar inte minst det fabulösa orkesterspelet under Evan Rogisters ledning."

"Objectivity and rigor make music that speaks directly, and contributing to the accuracy of the interpretation was the fabulous orchestra under Evan Rogisters leadership."

Magnus Haglund, Gothenburg Post

"Det är ett skärande ljud som sällar sig till soundet från den vilt skriande orkestern, för kvällen ledd med all tänkbar energi och skärpa av dirigenten Evan Rogister.'

"…the sound of the fiercely crying orchestra is conducted with all possible energy and sharpness by Evan Rogister."

Martin Nyström, www.dn.se

 

RIGOLETTO, Lyric Opera of Chicago

"The third impressive debut of the evening was conductor Evan Rogister. Unlike many opera batonsmiths, the young American started his career as a singer, which was manifest in his alert and sensitive accompaniment to the cast and impeccable balancing, conveying Verdian fire while drawing an array of hues and dynamic subtleties. Rogister will also lead the Lyric’s March-April performances of Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, and is clearly a young talent on the rise."

Lawrence A. Johnson for Chicago Classical Review

 

OSCAR, Santa Fe Opera

"The opera, a co-production with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, receives a worthy performance from Daniels and colleagues under the talented young conductor Evan Rogister, who scored twin successes last season at Lyric Opera."

Chicago Tribune

 

LA BOHÈME, Houston Grand Opera

"Rogister conducts with flash and feeling, guiding a performance that is as persuasive in the tiniest grace notes of orchestration as in the sweeping surges of gorgeous melody."

Everett Evans, Houston Chronicle

"Conductor Evan Rogister led the HGO Orchestra in an impressively lean rather than lush performance: the dramatic pace never slackened as Rogister took care not to linger too long at moments of passionate intensity; and the texture, although it accommodated rich, expressive swells of orchestral sound, was always transparent enough to reveal a wealth of musical detail. Rogister and the HGO Orchestra thus furnished non-traditional sound to complement this innovative staging of Puccini, and it suited the score, which teems with motives of youthful humor and impetuousness, foreboding and reminiscence."

Gregory Barnett for Opera News

 

KING ROGER, Santa Fe Opera

"The conductor Evan Rogister had a great night, performing the three-act work [King Roger] without an intermission. He drew nuanced and voluptuous playing from the Santa Fe Opera orchestra."

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

"This vibrant young conductor, making his SFO debut here, knows his way around Szymanowski’s challenging score. He’s alert to every nuance, doesn’t overplay the work’s exoticism, coaxes wonderful detail work from the SFO’s never-better orchestra and provides some of the most shattering climaxes ever to emerge from the local pit."

John Stege, Santa Fe Reporter

 

SIBELIUS SYMPHONY NO. 2, TCHAIKOVSKY STRING SERENADE, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

"Guest conductor Evan Rogister led the orchestra through Tchaikovsky's deeply expressive Serenade for Strings, Sibelius' broad, stirring Symphony No. 2 and Arutiunian's powerful Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, featuring MSO principal trumpeter Mark Niehaus. Rogister and the players gave elegant shape to the Tchaikovsky, filling the piece with graceful interpretive details."

Elaine Scmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Guest conductor Evan Rogister showed particular sensitivity to the exquisite melodies in Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings at Friday night’s Milwaukee Symphony concert. Rogister’s awareness to the subtleties of the Elégie especially hit home. He phrased the opening scales as if delivering them parlando.……. Rogister had equally compelling ideas about all four movements of the Serenade. He expressed them through his long, sinuous arms, which promoted a gorgeous legato and rich, viscous tone in the slow music."

Tom Strini, Third Coast Digest

 

BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE/ERWARTUNG, Seattle Opera

"For creating the endlessly sumptuous sounds of the Bartók score and the marvelous mosaic of Schoenberg's musical moments, full marks must go to the Seattle Opera Orchestra under the inspiring baton of the young American maestro Evan Rogister."

John F. Hulcoop, Opera News

"The last factor is the conductor, without whom many of the effects of the production would fail. Evan Rogister, in his house debut, made the orchestra sound like another -- electrifying with total attention to detail. He had the idiom of both composers in hand."

R. M. Campbell, Seattle Post Intelligencer

"And in the pit, the young conductor Evan Rogister elicits wondrous playing from the orchestra."

Bernard Jacobson, The Seattle Times

"Under Evan Rogister, making his Seattle Opera debut, the orchestra played for its life."

David Stabler, The Oregonian