Evan Rogister is Principal Conductor of the Washington National Opera and Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. With artistic endeavors ranging from Mozart at Glyndebourne to ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ at the MET, Wagner’s complete Ring Cycle for Göteborg Opera and concerts at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Rogister is one of the most eclectic and versatile conductors on the podium today.

Rogister returns to The Metropolitan Opera in the 2023/24 season to lead Terence Blanchard’s Grammy Award-winning work, ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’. He will also conduct the MET’s 2024 Laffont Grand Finals Concert. In the summer of 2024 Rogister debuts at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, conducting the 40th Anniversary concerts of the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra—both in Aix and on tour. Additional season highlights include a new production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette for Washington National Opera, concerts with the Badische Staatskapelle and a return to the Semperoper Dresden to conduct Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.

During the summer of 2023, Rogister made a critically acclaimed debut at the Glyndebourne Festival, leading the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The Telegraph hailed “the excellent debut conductor Evan Rogister” whose performance Musical America called “top-notch”, with Opera Magazine concurring, “The OAE played with sharpness and elan under the intensely theatrical guidance of Evan Rogister. The accompagnato that precedes Anna’s ‘Or sai chi l’onore’ in Act 1 was… steered by Rogister with such penetrating insight into the feelings packed into a short span by Da Ponte and Mozart that my eyes filled with tears of emotion, before the aria had even started.”

Equally at home on the concert stage as in the pit, recent symphonic projects include collaborations with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, l’Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Essen Philharmoniker, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

“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”

The Houston Chronicle

Dedicated to nurturing new works, Rogister led performances of WNO’s American Opera Initiative in 2023, premiering three works by emerging composers and librettists. In addition to his collaboration in 2024 with the Met’s Laffont Competition, Evan is committed to fostering the next generation of performers, regularly leading masterclasses and coaching young artists. At WNO, he has initiated a partnership with the George Solti Foundation, enabling one of their young conductor laureates to be mentored during a production at the Kennedy Center.

From 2018 to 2022, Rogister conducted the Göteborg Opera’s inaugural cycle of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. The multiyear collaboration with director Stephen Langridge culminated in a new production of Götterdämmerung during the 21/22 season, coinciding with the 400th Anniversary of Gothenburg. In addition to Der Ring des Nibelungen, Rogister has conducted three other works by Wagner, Tannhäuser (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Rienzi (Deutsche Oper Berlin) and Lohengrin (Bolshoi Theatre and Royal Swedish Opera).

Additional highlights of the 2022/23 season included Rogister’s Semperoper debut and a new production of Richard Strauss’s Elektra at the Kennedy Center. The Washington Post hailed, “Rogister’s steering of the music’s violent weather had me loosening my tie, and his finely attuned management of its mess of motivic gestures and granular details was superb.”

The breadth of Rogister’s repertoire is represented by other recent productions, including 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); André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire (Lyric Opera of Chicago); new productions of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (Royal Swedish Opera and Spoleto Festival USA); Verdi’s Otello (Berlin and Luxembourg), Aida (WNO), and Rigoletto (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Peter Stein’s new production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Malmö Opera). Rogister made his Metropolitan Opera debut during the 2017/18 season, conducting Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

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. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Rogister recorded a pioneering experience, “Beethoven in Virtual Reality: Fidelio,” in partnership with the Washington National Opera and Austin Opera.

Evan Rogister currently resides in Washington, DC, with his wife, Synne, and two children.

Last update: September 2023

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