‘The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs’ opera to debut in 2017


Joining the increasingly growing lineup of Steve Jobs biographies, the Santa Fe Opera announced today that it will debut a new opera centered around the life of the late Apple CEO. The show is entitled “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” and is composed by Mason Bates with librettist Mark Campbell. The opera is currently scheduled to debut in 2017 (via LATimes).

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The Santa Fe Opera teases that the show will focus on both the professional and personal lives of Jobs and will include characters based on his father and wife. The opera will also take the daunting task of including portions focused on Jobs’ relationship with a woman whose child he initially disowned.

The first workshop for “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” will be held in September in San Francisco with support from UC Berkeley and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The opera will be staged by Kevin Newbury and conducted by Minnesota Opera music director Michael Christie.

Last month, the first official trailer for “Steve Jobs: The Man in The Machine” was debuted. The film, spearheaded by former Gawker COO Gaby Darbyshire, has been the subject of a lot of controversy since its reveal, with Apple executives voicing their displeasure in the portrayal of Jobs. The film is set to hit theaters on September 4th. Aaron Sorkin’s long-awaited Jobs biopic will hit theaters on October 9th.

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  1. dennyc69 - 8 years ago

    I’m only one of millions of people who admire Steve Jobs (for a variety of reasons) and enjoy the documentaries and movies that have come out in recent months about him. That being said, it’s obvious that someone(s) have taken it WAY to far this time and have gone where NO ONE should have gone before, EVER!

    It’s stuff like this that gives fuel to those who like to mock Apple Fans for their love of product and culture of Apple when someone OVER GEEKS OUT!
    STOP IT! Nobody needs an opera about Steve Jobs.

  2. 89p13 - 8 years ago

    I totally agree – let the man lie in peace! An Opera . . . . What’s next, a Space Conquest Game based on his life? Or, a Comic Book where Steve is a Super Hero who repeatedly saves the planet from MicroSlop’s world domineering subterfuge?

    Leave Him Be!

  3. patthecarnut - 8 years ago

    This is just getting weird…….

  4. Wheat Williams - 8 years ago

    I’m a big Steve Jobs fan and I’m a classical musician who appreciates opera. But c’mon, folks, the story of Steve Jobs is going to make one really boring, stale subject for an opera, no matter how good the music might be. It goes without saying that it will have nothing that a good opera needs. No comedic misdirection, no rival lovers, no sword fights, no tragic deaths, nothing momentous, exciting or moving. This subject matter would be too dry and intellectual for even Philip Glass or John Adams to tackle. Steve Jobs just doesn’t seem like the kind of person who can be effectively mythologized, and that’s kind of what opera is supposed to do.


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