Santa Fe Opera to Tackle Steve Jobs in 2017

Santa Fe Opera to Tackle Steve Jobs in 2017

Steve Jobs Opera

The Santa Fe Opera has commissioned an opera based on Steve Jobs to have its world premiere in Santa Fe in 2017. The title of the opera is “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.”

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs examines the life and complexities of the innovator behind two mega-successful companies: Apple and Pixar. The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs will begin “at a moment in Jobs’ life when he must face his own mortality and circles back to the events and people in his past that shaped and inspired him: his father Paul, Zen Buddhism, his relationship with a woman whose child he initially disowned, his quick rise and fall as mogul, and – most importantly – his wife Laurene, who showed him the power of love and connection.”

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The announcement of the commissioned work was made by Santa Fe Opera’s General Director, Charles MacKay. The opera will be composed by Mason Bates. Bates is most known for his expansion of the orchestra to include electronics. He is also the second-most performed living composer in the United States at this time.

“Santa Fe Opera’s impact on the creation and dissemination of new opera is simply astonishing, and I’ve been so thankful to visit several times over the past ten years,” said Bates. “The superb productions of works new and old, combined with the stunning setting, have made it an essential pilgrimage for me. I’m honored to bring the story of Steve Jobs to this wonderful house and look forward to many more visits in the course of its creation.”

The new opera will also contain an original libretto by Mark Campbell. It is the first time that librettist Campbell has collaborated with Bates.

“Mason’s brilliance at infusing the orchestra with electronica makes him uniquely poised to create a score for this opera that will evoke the innovative and mercurial nature of its subject,” said Campbell. “Audiences at Santa Fe Opera will be treated to a new kind of energy coming from the stage and the pit.”

A press release by the Santa Fe Opera stated that “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs seeks to capture the buzzing creative realm of Silicon Valley with a kinetic electro-acoustic score, lush vocal writing, a compelling non-linear narrative, and a production as innovative as the man himself.”