Curtains raise on The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs opera this weekend

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Ashton Kutcher and Michael Fassbender played Steve Jobs in movies. Now Edward Parks III brings his rich baritone voice to the Steve Jobs opera, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.
Your new Steve Jobs, everyone!
Photo: Dario Acosta/Santa Fe Opera

Always wanted to know more about the life of Steve Jobs, but been put off by the lack of show-stopping musical numbers? The Santa Fe Opera is here to offer a solution.

This Saturday, the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico debuts its long-awaited production, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. It tells the life story of Apple’s co-founder and most iconic CEO in a way no biography has done before.

Steve Jobs opera hits the high notes

In nonlinear fashion, the show depicts 19 scenes from Steve Jobs’ life. It takes him from a 10-year-old boy through the launch of the Apple I. It also recounts his first meeting with his Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, the launch of the iPhone and more.

The Steve Jobs opera stars Edward Parks in the title role. Sasha Cooke plays Laurene Powell Jobs; Garrett Sorenson portrays Wozniak.

As we wrote in an in-depth preview of the show last year, (R)evolution will have the musical elements of classical opera, like arias and ensembles, but will also include elements of electronic music. It is scored by composer Mason Bates, with a libretto written by Mark Campbell, both well-regarded talents whose names instantly add a degree of prestige.

“I was kind of hesitant at first about the subject,” Campbell told my Cult of Mac colleague David Pierini. “Steve Jobs is so popular and so a part of our world, and creating an opera is full of minefields. But I saw a way into the story that could work in the operatic form. I was not interested in creating a story that made him a big hero, nor did I want an opera that vilified him in any way. I created a libretto that paints a balanced portrait of him.”

In addition to this weekend’s performance, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs has additional showings on July 26, August 4, August 10, August 15, and August 25. Plans beyond this are not yet available. Order your tickets here or call the box office on 800-280-4654.

  • Ronald G. Aylward

    I cannot wait do see this performance. This would be an ideal addition to iTunes store.