“From the first measures of the prelude, it was clear that Evan Rogister would lead a stylish account of the score. Unhurried in the most lyrical moments, the conductor’s attention to phrasing and dynamics nonetheless kept the music flowing vibrantly. He whipped up energy just as persuasively, building to climactic peaks with taut control, and drew impressive playing from the orchestra throughout.”
Chicago Classical Review
“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.”
“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.”
The New York Times
“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.”
Santa Fe Reporter
“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.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“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.”
Seattle Post Intelligencer
“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.”
Evan Rogister is the 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 conducts Göteborg Opera’s first complete cycle of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. In the fall of 2021, his multiyear collaboration with director Stephen Langridgeculminates in a new production of Götterdämmerung, timed to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of Gothenburg.
Additional highlights of Rogister’s 21/22 season include Washington National Opera’s Come Home: A Celebration of Return—concerts marking WNO’s first live performances at the Kennedy Center since the beginning of the pandemic; Rogister’s return to the Bolshoi Theatre this winter, where he conducts a new production of Wagner’s Lohengrin, directed by Francois Girard; and Bizet’s Carmen at the Kennedy Center in an acclaimed production by WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello. Zambello’s groundbreaking virtual reality experience of Beethoven’s Fidelio—created in collaboration with Rogister and the WNO Orchestra—will be released later this year.
Equally at home on the concert stage as in the pit, Rogister returns to the North Carolina Symphony in March of 2022 with an all-Mozart program. 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 (Washington D.C.), the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, the Bochum Symphoniker, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Rogister debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in the 2017/2018 season, conducting Mozart’s The Magic Flute; he returns to the MET in a future season. 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 (Royal Swedish Opera). Recent operatic highlights also include a new production of Puccini’s La bohème at the Bolshoi Theatre, 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.