Here Comes Steve Jobs: The Shakespearean Opera

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Can this cockpit hold the vasty plains of Cupertino? The Lyon Opera is about to find out. Coming in 2014 to the famous French opera house is Steve Five, an operatic mash-up of Shakespeare’s 1599 play Henry V and, wait for it, Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography.

The co-production with the Theatre de la Renaissance will debut as part of the 2014 Biennale Musiques en scène. Subtitled — wait for it! — “King Different,” Steve Five will conjure its own “muse of fire” to “assume the port of Woz” and relaying the story of two kings — one of England, the other of computers — who confronted reality by reinventing it with “the brightest heaven of invention.”

The so-called multimedia opera is written by Roland Auzet, a German composer and percussionist who has worked with composers and artists such as Iannis Xenakis, Andre Boucourechliev, Luc Ferrari, Pierre-Yves Artaud, Irvine Arditti, Claude Helffer, Jean-Pierre Drouet and Steven Schick. Auzet isn’t some hack: he was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in 2007, an award meant to recognize individuals who have “significantly contributed to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance.”

There aren’t many more details about Steve Five yet, but you can go the official page on the Lyon Opera site to learn more. The first performance will be on March 14, 2014.

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    I’m not sure what to think of that…

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