Steve Jobs Opera Combines Silicon Valley With Shakespeare [Video]

Steve Jobs Opera Combines Silicon Valley With Shakespeare [Video]

France’s Opéra de Lyon is set to begin performing its multimedia opera — combining the story of Steve Jobs with that of Henry V, taken from Shakespeare’s 1599 play.

Written by German composer Roland Auzet, “Steve Five (King Different)” explores the supposed similarities between the two rulers (one of Silicon Valley, the other of England) who changed the nature of reality by inventing. The opera features both sung and spoken opera, as well as poetry, rap and orchestral interludes — and will debut on Friday, March 14 at the Théâtre de la Renaissance in Lyon, France. Subsequent showings will follow on March 15, 17, and 18.

This is the second Jobs-related musical production in just a few months. Last December, the Philadelphia Theatre Company mounted a musical entitled “Nerds,” detailing the oft-repeated clash between Bill Gates and the late Apple co-founder.

iTunes aside, who knew the Apple story had so much to do with music?

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