Roger Epple is one of the most distinctive german conductors of his generation.
His career started at the 1stMunich Biennale, where Hans Werner Henze discovered the young talent.
At the age of 29 he already conducted a production at Nationaltheater München, and at Leipzig Opera with Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, where he later was appointed Kapellmeister. The same year he was awarded the BMW-Music-Theatre-Prize. Further resident conducting positions were 1st Kapellmeister at National Theatre Mannheim and Music Director at Halle Opera.
In 2012 he was appointed Generalmusikdirektor of Oldenburg State Theatre, where he recently conducted a cycle of Mahlers Symphonies and Strauss' SALOME, Verdi's OTELLO and AIDA, Puccini's LA BOHEME, Wagner's TRISTAN UND ISOLDE and Mozart's COSI FAN TUTTE.
Roger Epple has worked with more than 80 professional Orchestras including the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Gürzenich Orchester Köln, Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic, Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin, Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Radio Symphony, Mexico City Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, Munich Radio Orchestra, SWR Symphony Orchestra and most of the German State-Orchestras.
To date he has conducted about 60 operas for, among others, Staatsoper Berlin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Staatsoper Hamburg (Fidelio), Oper Köln (Cunning Vixen), Peralada Festival/Barcelona (Elektra), Graz Opera (Enrico), Aalto-Opera (The Rake’s progress), San Sebastian Festival (Ariadne auf Naxos), Lucerne Festival (Eine Winterreise), Deutsche Oper Berlin (The Magic Flute), Staatsoper Stuttgart (Wozzeck), Bayerische Staatsoper (Kassandra), Leipzig Opera (Trovatore, Cosi´fan tutte, Magic Flute, Jonny spielt auf,...) and Paris- Radio France( Elegy for young Lovers).
Many composers have written for him. He has conducted over 40 World premieres.
His discography includes several recordings for Sony Classical, Teldec, CPO, Wergo and Capriccio. His CD of Hartmann’s “Wachsfigurenkabinett” was awarded the “Echo Klassik”-prize.