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North Carolina native Evan Rogister is the first conductor to lead performances by a major American theater of Karol Szymanowski's 20th century masterpiece King Roger, in a new production for the Santa Fe Opera by acclaimed director Stephen Wadsworth, of which Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times proclaimed, "The conductor Evan Rogister had a great night, performing the three-act work without an intermission. He drew nuanced and voluptuous playing from the Santa Fe Opera orchestra."
Opening his 2012/13 with a return to Houston Grand Opera, Maestro Rogister conducted a new production of La bohème directed by John Caird. He made his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut with a revival of Rigoletto, followed by concert performances of André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire starring Renée Fleming. Marking a return to Santa Fe Opera, Rogister concluded his season conducting a world premiere of Theodore Morrison’s Oscar, based on the life of Oscar Wilde, featuring David Daniels in the title role. Symphonic appearances include debuts with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and San Antonio Symphony in an evening of Mozart, Adams and Dvorak.
A dual citizen of the United States and Germany, Maestro Rogister recently completed a two-year stint as Kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper Berlin under Music Director Donald Runnicles. During this time Maestro Rogister had particular success with performances of symphonic operas such as Tannhäuser, Rienzi, Otello, and Hänsel und Gretel, in addition to numerous repertoire evenings of La bohème, Don Giovanni, Otello, Carmen, and Die Zauberflöte. He made another outstanding debut at Stockholm's Royal Swedish Opera in 2012, with critically acclaimed performances of a new production of Lohengrin.
His United States operatic debut took place at the Houston Grand Opera with performances of Hänsel und Gretel and later La boheme while serving as a conducting fellow in a position created for him by Music Director Patrick Summers. In 2009, Rogister made his Seattle Opera debut to great critical acclaim conducting the renowned Robert Lepage production of Bluebeard’s Castle/Erwartung, about which the Seattle Post Intelligencer said he “…made the orchestra sound like another -- electrifying with total attention to detail.”
Recent orchestral engagements include debuts with the Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Bochum Symphoniker and the Prague Chamber Orchestra as well as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Alabama Symphony.
Evan Rogister received a bachelor of music degree at Indiana University where he first enrolled as a trombone major, switching to vocal studies under famed bass Giorgio Tozzi. During graduate studies in voice at The Juilliard School he began expressing interest in conducting, which subsequently sent him to Paris for training at the National Conservatory. He also worked with legendary conducting teacher Gustav Meier at the Peabody Conservatory.