Evan Rogister—a dual citizen of the United States and Germany—is rapidly emerging as one of the most dynamic conductors of his generation. Evan Rogister has been appointed Musical Director of The Washington State Opera.
Highlights of his 2017/18 season include his Metropolitan Opera debut leading Mozart’s The Magic Flute, a return to the Kennedy Center to conduct Francesca Zambello’s season opening production of Verdi’s Aida, performances of Richard Strauss's Salome at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and a new production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at the Royal Swedish Opera.
Other engagements include Tannhäuser and Rienzi at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Lohengrin at the Royal Swedish Opera, Le Nozze di Figaro at the Malmö Opera, debuts at the Spoleto Festival USA conducting Eugene Onegin and the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse leading Verdi's Ernani, a double bill of Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Schoenberg’s Erwartung at the Göteborg Opera and the Seattle Opera; Szymanowski’s King Roger at the Santa Fe Opera, Verdi’s Otello in Berlin and Luxembourg, André Previn’s Streetcar Named Desire at the Chicago Lyric Opera and the L.A. Opera and Bizet’s Carmen for the opening of the Washington National Opera’s 60th Anniversary Season at the Kennedy Center.
On the concert platform, in 2017/18 Rogister leads the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra. Rogister’s debut recording with Deutsche Grammophon, Follow, Poet, was released in January of 2015 and features works by the composer Mohammed Fairouz.
Before transitioning to conducting, Rogister began his classical training first as a trombonist and then a baritone at Indiana University, followed by studies in voice and conducting at Juilliard, where he now frequently returns to lead projects with the school's orchestra. A position of Conducting Fellow created especially for Rogister led to his professional debut at the Houston Grand Opera in 2008 with Hänsel und Gretel, after which he was invited to serve in the traditional position of Kapellmeister from 2009–2011 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he conducted repertoire from Mozart to Wagner.